Monday, April 3, 2017

sashiko pillow


I've long been admiring these absolutely stunning Atelier + S patchwork linen and sashiko tote bags . So beautiful, aren't they? I love how they are sort of rustic looking, yet pretty and stylish at the same time.

So, the other day when I found myself with a bit of spare time and no project to work on, I decided to make a pillow cover inspired by these totes. 


I thought I'd work on patchwork base first, but I really wanted to get stitching, so I decided simple square of Essex linen will do. I drew the lines using ruler and water soluble fabric pen.


I even had some sashiko thread on hand so I was able to get stitching right away. Oh, and I adhered fusible fleece to wrong side of my linen before I started stitching since I found a single layer of linen to be a bit too flimsy for my liking.

This was one of those almost instant gratification projects as I finished all the stitching while watching a movie one evening and turned it into a pillow the next day. The pillow cover finished at 18" square and has an invisible zipper closure for easy removal.

What are your go to projects when you don't have much time but still want to make something? Do tell. I'd love to know.

Happy Monday to you all!  Svetlana

16 comments:

  1. Mmm that pillow is amazing. Excellent work there! Thanks for the inspiration.
    I just go into my sewing room and start tidying up! :)

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  2. This pillow is really gorgeous! Great job!

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  3. beautiful pillow! not sure I have a go to project. hmmm I'll have to think about that!

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  4. Lovely pillow. Just a note though that in sashiko the lines should not touch or cross at intersections.
    If you research any basic sashiko you will see an example of what I mean.

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    1. Yes, you're totally right about the stitches. I was more referring to using sashiko thread but I guess I should have been more specific :)

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    2. So if I understand you correctly, then all lines are to be parallel? If that's the case, this design would not happen and wouldn't that be a shame. This is far more creative than lines with no intersections.
      Isn't that what design is? Just creativity made visible. All design is an inspiration of what we see.

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    3. Question is for Sandra, not Svetlana

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  5. I love the simplicity of this, so charming! Nothing beats a nearly instant gratification project! 😊

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  6. Your pillow is lovely - a nice modern look. I often grab something already finished and change it. or I add sashiko. I'm a huge fan of sashiko. love that fusible fleece too.

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  7. I love your pillow! Gorgeous! I usually pick up my knitting when I want to work on something but don't have a lot of time.

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  8. Just lovely and I like your idea of adding a layer fleece!

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  9. I think our sashiko lookds way better than in the tote bags by Atelier S! I always have some sort of hand appliqué project to work on during those spare moments!

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  10. I love it! I'm looking forward to doing sashiko but I'm afraid of it taking too much time. I'm glad to red that it took you a movie... looks great!

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  11. Your stitching is beautiful! I love the look of Sashiko quilting and would love to try it out. Are there special needles and thread to use? If so, where could I buy them? Thanks.

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