Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cath Kidston Inspired Pillows

Our daughter Megan bought a vintage porch swing at the Anoka outdoor antique show
 we girls attended a few weeks ago.  She later commented on one of my pins
that she would like me to make her some pillows (to decorate the swing) as her birthday present.
Well, her birthday was last week and here's what I made for her.

They are pictured on our weathered cedar swing.

I made the 2 square pillows first.  The floral centers are cut from a vintage tablecloth.

The tablecloth had stains and holes, but plenty of good areas to choose from.
I pulled the blue and red colors from the floral pattern for a summery look.

Cath Kidston provided the color inspiration for the round "beach ball" pillows.
Don't you just want to go in and see all the goodies inside?!

Desiree at The 36th Avenue published a post which featured 25 pillows and tutorials.  If you're
in the mood to sew pillows, you're sure to find one you like on her post!
 That's where I found directions for the sprocket pillows from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew .

This is the larger of the 2 pillows.  It was relatively simple and fun to make.

And here is the small version.

All of the fabrics were purchased at JoAnn Fabrics except for the few pieces cut
 from the tablecloth.  I used red & white ticking I had on hand for the sides and
painter's dropcloth for the backs of all four pillows.

A covered button accents the center of the design.

I cut up leftover fabric for the pennant banner.

I used the pattern piece for the large sprocket pillow and lined each piece with white fabric.
Then I zig-zagged the pieces to a length of red trim, leaving long tails to hang the banner.

Time to bring everything indoors.

Here comes the rain!

Thanks for visiting,

*Joining the parties at:
It all Started with Paint Pillowpalooza
Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesday
Cedar Hill Ranch Cowgirl Up
Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special


  1. I love that playful fabric you used! It's so cottagey and fresh. The bunting looks cute too. She'll be able to use that in many different ways.

  2. All of those pillows are so colorful and sweet. Love the round ones and the bunting too. I bet your daughter will love these.


  3. What a wonderful gift for your daughter! The pillows and banner are just so delightful and the fabrics to summery yummy! Wonderful job!!!!!


  4. Oh, oh, oh, oh OH! I should have known it wouldn't be just your average pillow party at your house! Absolutely gorgeous and the pennant touch is over-the-top scrumptious. Just makes that sweet porch swing sing! Let me know when you make your pilgrimage to CK's... I'll meet you there!


  6. These are really wonderful, Vickie...I know your daughter will be thrilled! You are so should have an etsy shop!

  7. Vickie, these pillows are cute cute cute! I love the colorful fabric!! What a wonderful gift and I bet your daughter will love them. Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

  8. Those are so cute and perfect for that swing. Great colors.

  9. Love love love love love these.....omg. In fact, I am pinning this post. thanks

  10. Wow, I'm in AWE…I'm a Cath K JUNKIE, can't get that monkey off my back!!! I truly adore your pillows, maybe I should dust off my old sewing machine!!

  11. So festive. It looks like a party is about to happen. Bright and cheerful.

  12. I agree with one of your commenters! You should have an ETSY shop, Mom! Love them, and can't wait for my tutorial! See you tomorrow!

  13. Your daughter is a lucky girl to have you make her those pillows and banner! So cute, love love the fabrics! hugs, Linda

  14. that looks simply amazing and it just says summer to me!!

  15. Bring out the lemonade and the watermelon! This is adorable, Vickie!
    What a sweet gift...

  16. What a nice touch of vintage, yet bright and cheery!

  17. I love all the pillows and the banner! Such vibrant and beautiful colors. The swing looks so inviting and fun. I am so impressed by ladies that can sew! I love your photos as well, the last photo is so whimsical.
    Visiting from Vintage Inspiration Friday. Have a wonderful day! ~ Jamie

  18. Those are just adorable Vickie!! Love the cheerful! I love Cath Kidstons things too!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  19. cute and oh so cheerful!! thanks for the color today!
    send that rain my way please!

  20. Vintage and modern at the same time. They look at home on that great swing:}

  21. Tina,
    girl, is there anything you can't do!! Those pillows are so bright and fun, I bet she was thrilled to death to get them! The banner sure added a cheerful touch! Also, love your swing, very cool!

  22. So so happy and fun!! Love everything to bits! :) I totally want to come to a yard party at your house!

    Love from the NJ Shore!
    xo Jenny Holiday

  23. LOVE how cheerful this is, vickie! i think the banner takes it over the top cute! such a great bday gift:)

  24. Oh Vickie,
    The pillows turned out so pretty. Love all the colorful fabrics you used...especially the polka dots. Too cute. I'm sure your daughter absolutely loved them. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  25. Vicki, you are a fabulous mom to make such cute pillows for your daughter!! They are so bright and cheery. Love them.
    Mary Alice

  26. Oh! These pillows are fantastic! So cute... Congratulations!
    Besos. Silvina.

  27. I'd say you went above and beyond a few pillows! Those are great! I love the vintage centers, and those round ones are so cool. And then the banner~you did such a good job on it all.

  28. Loving your Cath Kidston Inspired Pillows and Bunting, your Daughter is fortunate to have such a Talented and Creative Mom to Create such OOAK Stylish Gifts for her Special Day!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  29. These pillows are gorgeous! Lucky girl!!!

  30. Vickie,
    WOW I am floored!!!Those are gorgeous!I really love Cath's style.And your fabric looks like one of hers.Your daughter must be beyond happy!!!That banner looks amazing too.Why do you live so far away?

  31. SO fun! Love it all, especially the darling pennant banner! I'm sure your daughter loved everything.

  32. Love the sprocket pillows! How cute and the colors just pop! I remember making covered buttons back in home-ec class ... it was always one of my favorite things to do.

  33. The pillows and banner are super cute and adds lots of color to the porch swing. You did a wonderful job!

  34. I LOVE the pillows. I love that you used the good parts of a table cloth... so, so sweet... and the banner too. It's perfect.

  35. These pillows are so cute. Love the colors. So cheerful and summery.

  36. Thanks for joining cowgirl up, these pillows are too adorable. I'm posting a link to your post on the ranch's fb page for grab a featured button if you like.

  37. OH so DARLING!!! Your daughter must be thrilled. I love that shot of the bunting wafting in the breeze. It's all so perky and cheery and colorful! The rain is crazy. We're having our usual. I love the heat.

  38. YES, the perfect solution for 'what to do with beautiful but less than perfect VINTAGE TABLE CLOTHS. I cannot throw them away and with a little thought can be mixed into so many spaces. omy omy

  39. Good heavens, that is all so cute! I really love the round ones. I didn't know there was an antique show in Anoka a few weeks ago...I don't live too far from there :)

  40. Oh Vickie, your pillows you made for her birthday present are amazing! They are so much fun and whimsey - playful colour and just gorgeous on that swing!

    Well done, really great job!

  41. What a wonderful mother you are ... and what a lucky daughter you have! Those pillows are so amazing and inspiring!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Pillowpalooza ...



  42. Vicki... you've so inspired me to try my hand at the sprocket pillows. Just beautiful!
    This is my first visit to your blog and I think I'll stay for a visit.
    I love pillows and your's are fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing.


  43. I just love your fabric choices for these pillows. That is the sweetest swing around!


  44. How I love the summertime when we are able to enjoy brightly colored pillows outside!
    You have created such fun and eyepoppingly wonderful pillows...with such cheerful colors and prints!
    Happy Pillowpalooza,

  45. I love your pillows. Especially the vintage tablecloth one. The checks and dots are perfect. WOnderful colors!

  46. Vicki - I saw this picture on your blog header and was so happy it ws one of your featured posts. These are just beautiful! I'm sure your daughter was thrilled.

    Great job on the bicycle planter as well - that turquoise really makes the bike pop.


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