I like Fridays. I like Fridays because every day I wake up bursting with ideas, but on Fridays I don't say "no".
I don't ask, "Who will want that??"
I turn my inner killjoy off (she's such a bummer, anyways). I take a break from the shop and give myself permission to work on any new idea, no matter how random, weird, impractical or improbable.
This morning, while digging for supplies for one idea, I came across the huge basket of pompoms I made (during the long-lasting pompom phase every girl must pass through). They happened to be sitting on top of a pile of IKEA Tekla napkins. I immediately knew how it felt to invent important things, like space travel and french fries. For, a mere fifteen minutes later, I have the "Moroccan" bedding I've wanted since the internet started making me want it. And now you shall, too. Behold, the slightly disappointing iPhone documentary of my creative process:
For this project you'll need two IKEA Tekla napkins (per pillowcase). Iron them well. Technically, any two dishtowels will work. Not used ones, though. Don't be gross.
You'll also need eight small yarn pompoms per pillow. There are plenty (146,203,465) of tutorials online, so I won't go into that here.
Cut off the IKEA tags, but leave the "hanging loops" attached. We will be ingeniously using these later on! Ingenious, I say!
Now lay one napkin on a table with the right side facing up. Pin two pompoms to one corner, poms facing towards inside of pillow, strings pointing out. Don't pin or sew TOO close to the poms. Leave a little space as shown.
Now stitch back and forth over the strings once or twice (by hand or machine), to tack into place. Trim the strings flush with edge of napkin.
Do this for all four corners, and you will end up with this:
On top of this, lay the other napkin face down. IMPORTANT: Make sure the "hanging loops" are at the same end on both napkins! The right sides will be facing each other and the pompoms will be inside. It will be a pompom sandwich. Don't eat it. Pin the sides together, making sure to push the pompoms to the center and out of the way of your pins as you go around them so that you don't stitch over them later. On the end with the loops, pin only about four inches on each end, leaving approximately eight inches open in the center.
Stitch all the way around, leaving about the 8" open in the center of the end with the loops. This is how you'll get your pillow in, silly.
See how the end with the loops has an opening?
Turn right side out and freak out a little about how cool it is. The dishtowel really lends itself to the Moroccan look, with its loose-woven, natural cotton and simple red stripe, no? YES.
Now cut each loop in half in its center.
Insert your pillow through the opening (it's the perfect size for a standard/twin sized bed pillow), and tie the cut loop ends together to form two tie closures!
I'm making a pair for my bed. I love this project because a) no thinking, and b) raw materials can be so expensive-cannibalizing supplies from something already made is the way to go! Thank you, IKEA, for negotiating the price of cotton to almost zero for me!
If you make these, send me pictures and I'll post them here!
I was inspired by the highly-customized and decorated denim of the 1970s to create a chair with the same feel. The piece is constructed of vintage denim, meticulously hand cut and pieced, fused, and then triple stitched to create a visually stunning and unique item. A bonus feature on this great piece is its ability to recline using the weight of your body as leverage!
It was such a pleasure making this bag. It's roomy and cozy and perfect for autumn and winter. The exterior is a beautiful vintage weaving in ochre, grey, black, and cream, and the lining is handwoven vintage Turkish striped cotton. . The hand cut leather straps are both riveted and stitched, and the base is deep and rigid to create a somewhat structured bag and allow for tons of usable space.
Designed and built in our California studio to be your go-to, goes-with-everything, always-feels-right bag. Rugged and sexy, with heavy-duty construction and industrial-strength materials. Sized to hold everything you need for day and night. Limited edition of 15 available in the shop!
These two friends were a "pet" project (pun), conceived on the beach (no pun!) as I watched my boys surf. As soon as they came out of the water, I hustled them home and started sketching. 15 hours of pattern-making, adapting, piecing, sourcing, and cutting later, this is the result. I think they're rad and ride that fine line between cute vs. cool. They could work in a young 'uns bedroom or an adult living room. As you can see, they look pretty at home on my old leather Chesterfield. Flaunt your foxiness for all to see.
Vintage Army surplus fabric was pieced carefully in a way that took advantage of existing utilitarian elements like grommets and heavy cotton rope. I used these as closures by adding a big wooden button.
The foxes were pieced using natural linen, dark cotton denim, and dark brown leather. These were pieced, fused, and then double-stitched onto the pillow backing.
They are available in the shop and include the down insert, taxes, and free U.S. shipping. They measure 20"X20".
Because they turned out to be so labor-intensive, these are likely the only two that will ever be produced!