DIY Tassel Pillow Case – Inspired by the famous Anthropologie Cushion

Today I am showing you a pillow case I have made recently. When I was looking for instructions for DIY pillow cases on Pinterest, I noticed a bunch of tutorials referring to the Anthropologie Tassel Pillow Case. It’s such a sweet design that I thought I’d make my own. Hence, at the bottom of this page I am linking this post to several DIY tutorials which I followed.

First, after buying all items needed, I thought this piece would take quite some time. But in fact it did not. Once I got the clue after doing two or three tassels, they were done within one evening and then sewing the case itself was another two evenings. The result speaks for itself.

It’s such an eye-catcher. Totally worth spending the time and money (you need a lot of material for the tassels, each one costs around 1.50 EUR).

How to make a tassel step by step

How to make a tassel step by step

 

 

 

 

Links to other tutorials:

Brave New Home

Sewing in No Mans Land

Fall for DIY

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DIY Basket Shelf for Walk-in Closet in My Mini Hall

Inspired by some folks on Pinterest who used baskets for bathroom storage, I adopted the idea to keep my gloves, hats and bicycle lights in place. Except for shopping the items this takes no more than 15 minutes! All you need is:

  • A couple of baskets
  • Leather strips, 2 meter per basket
  • Hooks and plugs
  • Drilling machine, drills matching the plugs

Here we go:

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Go ahead and do it yourself now :)

Re-covering a Chair Cushion: Re-upholstering Step-by-step

When I first saw the chairs from this dining set below, I immediately thought that I needed to put on new cushions. The old ones were worn down, ripped, boring, probably 30 years old, plus: fake leather in pale grey probably never looks good on anything in the first place. Instead I thought of a warm, natural color or combination of earthy shades on a simple cotton fabric with a large pattern: just like the STOCKHOLM fabric collection at IKEA.

Step-by-step Instruction

Tools: Old short kitchen knife, screw driver, pliers, staple gun

Material: Thick durable, cotton fabric matching the size of the seat plus 8–10 cm “bleed” all around; if needed also wood adhesive, felt gliders

Duration: 20–30 minutes per chair

New Pottery Items

Cyanotype on a Canvas Bag

I made this tote a few months ago during a Cyanotype work shop in the Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi.

What’s Cyanotype? It is a photo graphic printing process in which you apply a liquid (see green colored areas below) to a canvas (paper or cotton for instance), then expose this canvas to sunlight and after a certain time you will take the piece back inside and wash the canvas first in bleach, then in water. It turns blue as soon as it hits the bleach.

Pottery – My Favorite Hobby

Workshop Phase 1: Hand-building

Workshop Phase 2: Coil

Workshop Phase 3: Slab

Workshop Phase 4: Throwing on the wheel

Crocheting a Baby Beanie…

Following this video tutorial (in German language) and this detailed size chart (also in German), I crocheted a beanie for my friend’s 18-month old baby girl. The good thing about this tutorial is not only that it is very easy to follow but the pattern itself makes for a light, very flexible beanie.

I used a very soft yarn considering the baby’s delicate skin, and the thread itself is very smooth and not too loose which I find important for crocheting. Since it is a rather simple pattern, I added some variety with a multicolored yarn, but of course you are free to use any color you like to. Here is what I used for making the beanie:

My First Custom-made Tempur Pillow Case

My husband and I are sleep on a TEMPUR Memory foam mattress and pillows, and we have never slept so well anywhere else than in our own bed. Every vacation acts as a strong reminder when we wake up with back aches and stiff necks :)

BUT! The pillows of this brand have such an odd shape that none of the standard pillow covers will ever fit, hence it affects your comfort and it can even be a bit annoying when a too tight cover squeezes the pillow too much or in case it’s too loose, it just looks odd. And here in the place where I live, of course, they sell the pillows but not the covers. Since ordering online is not an option for various reasons, and because I enjoy doing such things myself, I took out my Pfaff machine and came up with a sewing pattern.

I thought I share this pattern with the world as probably other people encounter the same issues. You can follow my tutorial if you like, but you will have to measure your pillow first.

I am starting with my husband’s pillow for tummy sleepers:

The tummy sleeper pillow in its original cover.

The tummy sleeper pillow in its original standard cover.

1. The Fabric

First you will have to buy some fabric. Hopefully you know a store nearby where you can get some advice. I did not have much of a choice here due to where I live, so I chose a Japanese shirt cotton in a very fine quality. I think almost any cotton will do, as long as it’s not too rough, see-through or too thick and massive. I bought 2 yards, because I wanted to make more than one cover. For one cover 1 yard should do, but please measure your pillow first and do the math yourself, just to be sure.
Once you have bought your fabric, wash it, iron it and lay it out, folded into half along the selvage.

2. The Pattern

Put the original pillow cover onto a sheet of paper and copy the outline shape onto the paper. I took out the actual pillow when I did this to make sure that I get an exact copy of the shape and drew along the seams. I also marked the points on the left and the right where the zipper is put in, which will be the opening.
Additionally, I did measure both the cushion cover and the paper copy afterwards. – Measure twice, cut once!
Now, cut out the paper copy and lay it out onto your piece of fabric.

Copying the sewing pattern

Copying the sewing pattern

Fix the paper copy with pins to the fabric – make sure to pin through both layers of your fabric!

Fix the paper copy with pins to the fabric – make sure you pin through both layers of your fabric!

Fix the paper copy with pins to the fabric

Then add the trim line at 15mm all around. Make sure to transfer the markings for the opening (zipper).

Add the trim line

Add the trim line

15 mm trim line all around

15 mm trim line all around

When you are finished, take a deep breath, make sure there are no creases underneath the pattern, and cut it out along the 15mm trim line!

Cut out the shape

Cut out the shape

For the parts which are in between the two cover pieces take you fabric, still folded into half, and mark up  rectangular pieces onto the fabric. I assumed 45 mm for the final size needed which is the height of your pillow so to speak. Therefore, I added 15 mm all around and that makes a total of 75 mm. The length will be according to the size of your pillow – you have to measure – in my case this was 2080 mm which I had to split into two pieces since the fabric wasn’t long enough. But that’s no issue at all and more economic to make up one piece from two small ones rather than buying such a long piece of fabric which would just create a lot of waste which you probably won’t ever use for anything.

Zipper or Buttons? I figured out this one while I was already all the way into sewing. The shops here don’t have 700 mm long seamless zippers, so I had to change plans and go for buttons and button holes. If you are also opting for buttons, then you need an extra piece of fabric which I will call button flap further down in this tutorial. I made it 700 x 75 mm in size. From these 75 mm you need 15 mm for sewing it to the cover, and then you fold in twice along the opposite side so you end up with a total width of 30 mm where you will attach your buttons. I hope all this makes sense :)

The pieces for the sides

The pieces for the sides

75 mm width including trim 15 mm all around

75 mm width including trim 15 mm all around

Once you have marked it all up on the fabric, pin the two layers of fabric together and cut them out along your trim marks.

Pin them together and cut them out

Pin them together and cut them out

3. The Sewing

Now all pieces are cut out. Stitch the two side pieces together on one small side, along a 15 mm line. Iron the seam.

Pin the fabric pieces together

Pin the fabric pieces together

Now you can pin the one big side piece onto one of the cover pieces. Putting small “indents” (= cuts) helps to lay the odd shaped cover onto the straight side pieces.

Putting small "indents" helps to lay the odd shaped fabric onto the straight side pieces

Putting small “indents” helps to lay the odd shaped fabric onto the straight side pieces

After this you can stitch the side piece and the cover together keeping 15 mm distance from the edge of the fabric.

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Sew the pieces together along the 15 mm line

Make a clean seam with an over-lock stitch from your machine’s program. If you don’t do this the fabric threads will slowly but steadily come off and eventually deteriorate the seams.

Make a clean seam with an overlock stitch from your machine's programme

Make a clean seam with an overlock stitch from your machine’s programme

Cut off the fabric that is left over.

Cut off fabric along the overlook stitch

Cut off fabric along the overlook stitch

After this step you put together the other cover piece with the side piece. Make sure to not stitch together these pieces between the zipper/opening marks.

Side piece: Along the zipper/opening you will have to just fold in 15 mm and stitch. Best is to fold twice, so 5 mm and then again 10 mm so that you have a clean seam on the open edge.

Cover: Along the zipper/opening attach the button flap and stitch at 15 mm.

Leave the opening open, attach the button flap.

Leave the opening open, attach the button flap.

Leaving the opening open

Here you see the button flap which I am holding in my hand and a bit of the opposite side where the side pieces is folded and ready to be stitched

With a piece of scrap fabric do a test run of the button hole program to figure out which one you like and works well.

Trial piece for button holes

Trial piece for button holes

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Here you see how the machine adjusts the button hole length to the size of the button

Once you have done the testing take your pillow cover and do the button holes! I chose 6 buttons and spread them out equally along the side. Then I marked up the center of these buttons with a pin, drew a small dot with a fabric marker and transferred these points onto the side piece, where I put the button holes.

And last, stitch the buttons to the button flap. You can either do this conveniently with the machine as I did or by hand.

4. The Pillow Case

Button detail

Button detail

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The button flap sits nicely

I added 3 small crowns from my embroidery program on the top side of the pillow cover. Looks cute on the otherwise plain white cover.

A small embroidery

A small embroidery

Tadaaaaa! The pillow case fits the cushion nicely though I have to admit, I have to learn how to better get this shape stitched together. There shouldn’t be any small creases along the seams, but ultimately I am not a professional tailor or seamstress ;-)

The pillow case

The pillow case

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that it’s not too hard for you to follow my instructions.

A Visit to the Abu Dhabi Art Fair

Here’s my “Best-of” Abu Dhabi Art 2013, a summary of the pieces which I liked the most.