Pillows – Mixing Traditional with the Unexpected

Multi Fabric Pillows (2)

While working with Irene on new window treatments for her family room she mentioned wanting pillows for a couple of chairs that flank her breakfast room.
When she fell in love with the more traditional Covington fabric called Bosporus we decided that would be the perfect jumping off point for her new pillows.


Multi Fabric Pillows (3)After playing around with several fabrics to use as accents, I decided to mix in a bit of the unexpected. I used the black and cream houndstooth for the end ruffles, a fun green burlap for a tiny flange and the back side of the pillows, the red & tan animal print as an accent fabric and the brown crinkle as a tiny ruffle. None of these fabrics are un-traditional but the mix might be considered so.

Multi Fabric Pillows (4)I added a subtle bit of detail and interest to the back side of the pillow by piecing and top stitching the burlap. I lined each piece of burlap for additional stability. For some reason you can really see the lining in these pictures but it was hardly noticeable in real life.

Multi Fabric Pillows (6)The zipper is hidden between the flange and the ruffle.

Multi Fabric PillowsThe unexpected mix of fabrics takes what could have been a very traditional pillow to a completely different level of interest and fun.

SHARING WITH: The Dedicated House Make it Pretty Monday, Savvy Southern Style WOW us Wednesday, DIY by Design Winter Blues Party, From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday, Cedar Hill Ranch The Scoop, No Minimalist Here Open House Party

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21 Responses to Pillows – Mixing Traditional with the Unexpected

  1. Stacey says:

    Those could go in my house! Love the fabric combo.

  2. Stacey says:

    I just went and looked at one of the links and realized Irene has the leopard chair. She and I could definitely be shopping buddies…we have a chair almost just like that.

  3. kelley says:

    Love!!! Very fun!

  4. Great combo, Sonya! Love the whimsical traditional look. I love that fabric, too. I had used it to cover a lampshade and had enough to make a lumbar pillow. A bit expensive, but it was a nice way to be able to incorporate it into my home.

  5. These are great, I love how you mixed all the fabrics. I’m also loving where you hid that zipper.

  6. Mandy says:

    These are beautiful Sonya. Love the way you mix the unexpected and it works!

  7. Martina says:

    Sonya those pillows are GORGEOUS!! Love them!

  8. Sonya, these are stunning pillows! I love the mix of fabric, pattern, color and texture! You are so talented!

  9. Sonya, you always amaze me with your talent for mixing fabrics and making a lovely and unique project. The pillows are beautiful!

  10. Pat Fessenden says:

    I love the way you put different fabrics together! You truly inspire me to be more creative. Your sewing talent is fabulous. Do you give lessons?

  11. Irene says:

    I am the lucky owner of these knock-out gorgeous pillows! Sonya is the absolute most creative designer! Everything she has done for me is quality work! Thanks, Sonya!

  12. Cynthia says:

    Love, love these pillows, the combination of fabrics is fantastic. I am a huge fan of that toile.

    Cynthia

  13. mishelle says:

    Love your creations!

  14. Terry says:

    Okay, I don’t fall in love all that often. I don’t see the quality products that I want to see often enough, but this blew my mind. I adore the pillow so much that I hope you don’t mind if I use it as inspiration and make some for myself. Wow…Amazing!

  15. Jeanette says:

    Stunning pillows!
    Homa style is having an Inspire Me link party that just started!
    I would love it if you linked up:)
    Here’s the link
    http://homastyle.com/wp/2013/02/27/inspire-me-link-party/

    I do my best to market the inspiring projects through my social media sites and follow too:)

  16. Susan says:

    I absolutely love these pillows. Great idea. I love traditional mixed with fun. Throughmyporchwindow.blogspot.com

  17. kim says:

    Those are so cute. They would look great in my dining room, too with maybe a change or two.

  18. Pamela says:

    LOVE love love them!

  19. Love the traditional feel of the fabric. (Great combo!) They turned out so pretty.

  20. I love those pillows and they would go perfect in the room with my toile de juoy settee
    I have the same toile fabric on it

  21. Sonya, These pillows are beautiful and I love the fabric combination. Thank you for sharing these at the Open House party.
    xx, Sherry