24 November 2011

Denim patchwork pillow

I'm working on a series of cushion covers pieced from recycled denim jeans. Each cushion is a variation on the six-petaled flower medallion I designed for the Pear Blossom quilt.


The cushion is 20" square.


I topstitched in heavy cotton jeans thread.


My favorite bits are the enclosure details on the back. More jeans top stitching, and reinforcing rivets on both edges of the zipper opening.


The zipper is No. 5 (standard jeans size) antique brass with a chain pull. I considered going with a jeans locking pull for the zipper but I decided the locking would be annoying.


The cushion is lined with upcycled yarn-dyed cotton sheeting and bound with cotton chambray


I love the denim patina on the back.



These are the six designs I'm working on. The finished pillow is ready to ship in my Etsy shop, and the other designs are available for make-to-order.

14 comments:

  1. Dan, they are looking fantastic.

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  2. The details on this pillow are just wonderful, the zip, the rivets, the lining, the denim overstitching. Wonderful

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  3. Hi Dan! Your denim pillow is really good! I love jeans and those used jeans have so beautiful colours! Your design is wonderful with the quilting reminding jeans, lovely lining and the other details!

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  4. Incredible as always - and bonus now we know what we can do with all my boy's jeans with the holes in the knees!

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  5. These are fabulous. Having worked with denim before I'm really impressed with the complex shapes you've used and your attention to detail.
    The only thing about denim is the strange blue dust it leaves behind! :o)

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  6. What fun! Denim delivers such wonderful colors, a great use for these patterns. LOVE the rivet details on the back, and that zipper is fabulous.

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  7. Woo Hoo! Great pillow design and I love the details!

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  8. It's so cool to see denim being used in this way. Beautiful! I love the zipper detail, especially.

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  9. Sweet, I love it when fabric inspires a design. Very cool!

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  10. That is really cool, Dan. I love the feeling of movement in the front, as well as the details in the rivet and zipper pull.

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  11. Hi, Dan. Beautiful pillow--also liked the squiggle pillow. And your pear blossom quilt is lovely--very interesting use of fabrics.
    best from Tunisia,
    nadia

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  12. An absolutely fabulous idea.
    They are super.

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  13. i love how you take things to the next level. one curvy jeans pillow design just isn't enough to get it out of your system. seriously amazing.

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  14. Hi! Just found your blog while parusing blogs via completely couchy. Found that one two. Love your F block! It was pure genius! These pillows are too. I love the look of thick jeans thread. Especially on bag.It makes it look so professional. But my machine sounds like it's taking a beating when I use it:S

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