I know it’s very un-American of me, but I really loved the *bisous* practice when we lived in France…
A quick kiss on both cheeks quickly became much less awkward than the how-hard-should-you-grip-someone’s-hand handshake or the armpit side hug. It may invade personal space a bit, but who needs personal space anyway? Especially on Valentine’s Day…
In honor of that upcoming celebration of love (disclaimer: hugs and kisses are for ALL loved ones, whether it’s officially a significant other or just friends and family. We don’t discriminate here!), I couldn’t resist a simple knock off of Anthropologie’s whimsical pillows.
Be sure to come back next week for a tutorial for the heart pillow (you’ll be scandalized by how easy it is! Update: you can see the heart pillow here), but for today, I want to share how I made my own version of the Sentimentalist Pillows. And for further good news, rather than $148 each, these came in at a whopping $8 for both. I started with these pillow covers from Ikea. You could certainly make your own, but at $4 each, I decided to save myself the trouble. Plus, I really like the slightly vintage feel of the funky red velvet.
I then used leftover drop cloth from my smocked living room curtains (I’m telling you, this stuff has gotten some serious mileage: roman shades, TOMS, a crib skirt, pillows, and a tree skirt!) to cut out the letters. Deciding how to cut the letters to the ideal size was actually the hardest part of this. Unfortunately, I did it late at night (without my camera), so the iphone pictures are terrible, but once I figured out how to do it, it was quick, easy, and successful. So I want to save you the trouble of figuring it out!
- Lay your drop cloth on your pillow cover to visual proportions.
- Sketch the approximate size you want using a pencil and ruler… but don’t stress about having everything perfect.
- Fold your drop cloth in half twice (once vertically and once horizontally) so that you only see one quarter of your letter.
- Carefully cut through all four layers according to the lines of the quarter showing.
This will give you a perfectly symmetrical letter. I did the X first, then laid the X on my next piece of drop cloth and roughly sketched the O to be the same size… Then I followed my folding and cutting technique to make it symmetrical, as well.
To attach the letters, I just sewed a simple seam (using red thread) approximately 1/4″ inside the edge of the drop cloth. I am NOT an accomplished seamstress, and I don’t think I’m even very good at sewing a particularly straight seam, but if you’re worried about the contrasting thread being too crooked, feel free to use thread that blends into the drop cloth more. Personally, I like the imperfections.
I also did not finish the edges of the drop cloth because I want it to fray. The seam will keep it from fraying too far, and I like the texture the frayed edges provide… I expect them to continue to fray more as we use them!
I love how they offer a nod to St. Valentine without being overly feminine (since I do still live in a house full of boys!); I love how easy they were, and I love how affordable! But even more, I love that they offer me an excuse to smother my boys with hugs and kisses while we snuggle on the couch…
Everybody needs a daily dose of x’s and o’s, don’t you think?!?
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