I bought the green striped material before leaving the U.S. to come to Niger because I have a thing for that color green and it was on sale.
Then just before leaving I stopped in at the fabric store in Canada and I bought the green and blue flowered material which is peeking out from the box pleated pillow.
So I have had them for a long time but I haven't been inspired to create anything with them for one reason or another until this spring break.
We have a store here in Niamey that sells second hand clothes that come from thrift stores in the U.S. I picked this shirt up awhile ago thinking it would be fun to make rosettes out of it. But while looking through my material I realized that it coordinated perfectly with my other fabrics and that I could easily turn it into a pillow with a button closure. So I went for it. It didn't happen as easily as I imagined because the darts in the shirt made it difficult to get it straight but I finally got it close enough to be satisfied. If felt like it needed something else so I added the rosettes which I love!
After surfing the web for pillow tutorials trying to find something I liked for my third and final fabric, I finally decided on this box pleat pillow tutorial. If you are looking for a pillow tutorial I would highly recommend starting at this site because this tutorial is easy to follow and has a good balance of visuals with written instructions. Not to mention that the site had scads of other pillow tutorials. Anyway, I visited a local fabric store and picked up the chocolate brown linen and I have to say that I think this is my favorite one of the bunch. So cute! Here's a close up of the box pleat on the side.
So there you go...what I lack in cute pictures on the wall, I've made up for in cute pillows on the couches.
Plus, if teaching ever falls through for me I might have a future as a pillow maker - as long as someone out there has a good tutorial for me.