Friday, July 3, 2009

Party on the Porch!


Here's my version of a garden party ~ the chair makeover is complete. Our new front porch complete with cheery, flowery box pillows for the chairs, and some fun throw-pillows for the swing. It needs an icy beverage don't you think?
The pillows were made using Anna Maria's Horner's Garden party fabric which came out last year. I love this colorway on the porch, it's so summery and makes me smile. Not sure how well the white flowers will hold up to 2 kids! or sometimes more - but they are easily removable and can be tossed in the wash.
I followed Beth's tute from Sew Mama Sew to make up the pillows. My chairs are a bit unusually shaped, so I used a paper template made from the chair measurements to start with. Once I knew it would fit, I used the template to cut out the 3" foam and all the fabric pieces. I made my own piping using bias strips cut from Valori Wells Olive Rose fabric which matched nicely. Then I encased some 6/32" cording to make the piping. See Beth's tute on how to do that too.

The throw pillows on the swing are a standard knife-edge pillow and another box pillow made with the leftovers.
I'm pretty happy with this front porch transformation. Now onto the back patio, that one has a few more chairs - 6 to be exact. That's going to be a big job.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

4 comments:

houseofestrogen said...

Looks great, Caroline!!!

jona said...

That is THE BEST use of that large print that I've ever seen!!! Beautiful job!! I really need to make cushions for my porch swing and you've really inspired me!

Cathy said...

Wow that is impressive....and you did everything yourself...you should be very proud! I love the fabric and everything!!! Great job!!!

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness those are GORGEOUS!!! What a wonderful use of that fabric!