Not so long ago, I was in Ikea. Now one of the coolest things about Ikea is that they have some great “line art” designs in both fabric and modern design. While I was there, they had some beautiful tea towels (hand towels) for sale. They were simplistic trees with nice retro colored leaves in browns, yellows, blues and burgundy. It reminded me of something out of the 1970’s.
The thing is that as good heavy cotton fabric, I thought they were just too pretty to take out and use as tea towels / dish towels. So, after a couple days of thinking about it, I pulled them out of the bag and ironed them flat. I decided that they would make great throw pillow covers.
Thus began the remake. I measured out the length of the pillows and cut some light tan (actually recycled from old sheets) fabric that I had saved. It came up just about 2/3 of the way on the towel itself. I then sewed it with french seams (front side to front side – sew, turn inside out and sew) around the edges:
Then, I attached 2 buttons on the reverse of a couple pillows, before deciding that I liked the velcro look better for the other two. Inserting the pillow I already had from the sofas – the total time spent was an afternoon for 4 pillow covers that can be washed, removed, and are totally match my decor.
How sweet are these little “tree of life” throw pillows from a cotton towel? And the best part? It cost me about 2 Euro a pillow.
What’s on my hook today? Any guesses what it is?
Started and completed while watching the Brazil v/s Chile world cup match on Friday – this adorable baby dress in sherbet green and pale cotton candy pink acrylic yarn. It’s perfect for a newborn little girl (and oh how summery and girly it is!). I’ll be making a hat and booties to match, to make a full set for my etsy store.
If you like this, and would like a custom order, or if you’d just like to see more of what I have for sale, please be sure to check out my shop at Phoenix Rose Design!
Welcome to Summer! Recently, I saw a great picture of a bunch of lanterns hanging in the trees around the back garden, with intricate Moroccan style beadwork and crochet. I decided to emulate this with my own patterns and designs – using recycled jars of all shapes and sizes.
Starting with cotton crochet thread that had tiny little silver sparkles in it, I made my first jar. I think it turned out adorable – especially after adding the wire loop to hang it from the tree.
Once I hung it, I realized that the patterns I made in crochet were cast on the wall almost in a kaleidoscope type pattern. It’s pure awesomeness, and I had to make some for my etsy store!
Not only are they good for the environment, they are great for sprucing up your backyard barbecue parties, weddings, and even for adding an awesome touch to your glamping! Add a citronella candle and hang from trees, summer umbrellas, or place on a table for a simple elegant barbecue or wedding centrepiece which will be talked about for years.
These come in 3 sizes – with the jar included.
If you don’t wish for the jar included, I can sell the crochet cover separately -just message me.
Small – about 4 inches in height
Medium – about 6 inches in height
Large – about 7-8 inches in height
For more pictures of what I have available, or if you’d like to buy some for yourself, check my etsy store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PhoenixRoseDesign