March 9, 2013


I have a deep abiding love for this pillow! Let's explore the anatomy of it's construction and then the options with a variety of fabrics.
A boxed bolster constructed of a slubby linen

Over the linen body is a snug sleeve, in this case faux leather
The final layer is a decorative textile scene that ties over the sleeve
The underside of the decorative textile is lined in ticking. It's size did not fully wrap the sleeve so an extra bit of slubby linen was added to extend around the form. Finally tied to secure.
Many many options abound as I was playing, so to speak with my collection of fabric samples. This sort of pillow can pull together all the fabrics in a room in a single unifying piece. Let's examine a few variables........
Same bolster and sleeve, as will be shown repeatedly. Overlaying the top is an imprinted linen from Kravet 

Another overlay from Manuel Canovas

A classic Ralph Lauren plaid
This image has another fabric added to the mix, a ticking which could line the plaid
Let's ignore the brown sleeve for a moment, and focus on the embroidered Cowtan & Tout embroidered linen with a Shagreen piece that would make a great textural contrast for the sleeve

In this jumble the possibility could be, starting from the right;
-a bolster in a charcoal/brown slubby linen, does not have to be slubby, I just love the European fabrics and the depth of texture.
-a shagreen in pale mint green
-a stripped ticking as backing for
-the beautiful Cowtan & Tout embroidered linen overlay which has a kiss of mint green in the embroidery

Same combination excluding the shargeen and exposing the ticking as the sleeve

Imrinted linen by Jane Churchill and ruffled velvet

Jane Churchill imprinted linen, pale green shagreen for the sleeve, charcoal linen for the bolster
Manuel Canovas pale gray and white linen, dark gray linen sleeve and a Classic Cloth overlay of embroidered linen which in this case would need to be lined.

What do you think? Can you see trying out this concept?
Need any help, just ask, we have a great seamstress in our team

And speaking more to an abiding love, this is Cooper, our over indulged Welsh Cardigan Corgi.
Check out the live action shot on the treadmill! This photo is appearing in a local magazine, as the April 'pin-up' boy



  1. I was all excited about pillow options and then I saw the puppeh! Of course he's a pin-up boy, what a handsome mansome!

  2. Debra You have so many wonderful ideas with fabulous fabrics.
    I adore bolsters on a bed or chair.
    Art by Karena

  3. It's like a Barbie with 10 beautiful outfits...only it's a pillow. It's a Barbie Dream Pillow. Genius!

  4. What a great idea...I like the endless possibilities. Can you be a little more specific on the bolster size (length, width and depth.) Also, how tight is the bolster rolled? Is it filled with poly or feathers? Is the bolster purchased or part of the sofa. I do a lot of sewing and would love to try my hand at this,

    Thank you, Joyce

  5. Oh my gosh! Look at that doggie! My pup could deffinatly spend some time on a tred mill, if I had one! She has so much energy!

    =) Brooke

  6. This is brilliant! I am one who constantly likes to change pillows, instead of buying something new I can change the wrapper! It would be great for my clients too, especially when a gorgeous, but expensive textile is selected. Thanks for sharing!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

  7. Cooper...what a cutie, glad to see he works to keep in shape:)
    That pillow is AWESOME! Its like the pillow with 9 lives...every single look is amazing! Love a good bolster and I love the idea of being able to change the look on a neutral clever. Enjoy your Sunday!

  8. Deb how clever of you and your seamstress! Love the pillow and is that a Hermes scarf wrapped around the pillow? I’ve made similar pillows but never thought to have it easily changeable. Can I tell you right now I love Cooper! He is so cute up on the treadmill and he looks so happy. I wonder if Dylan would do something like that for rainy days?

    Enjoy your Sunday my friend!

  9. Cooper is adorable! nothing cuter than a Corgi puppy! Those pillows are beautiful and so are all the fabrics you showcased. Love the concept.
    xo Nancy

  10. Hi Debra - That is quite a collection of beautiful fabrics. My favorite combination is the first, with the orange toile fabric. It reminds me of orange tulips and that spring is (hopefully) on the way. Cooper is the happiest looking treadmill user I've ever seen. He appears to be smiling!


  11. Debra,
    I can't decide which fabric I like most...the Cowtan & Tout is lovely, but the first fabric is so interesting and fun.
    Cooper is very handsome. My dearest friend has always owned Welsh Corgis. They are so smart and sweet.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. I used to do those "pillows with s bib" a lot. These lol fabulous but not nearly as cute as Cooper!

  13. Love some of these beautiful fabrics....great idea! Cooper looks like he is a pro at walking a know time he will be teaching a class!

  14. Hi, Debra! Hi, Cooper :)
    Love your pillow! And all the possibilities!! Very creative. I have a pillow, on my sofa, in that Cowtan & Tout embroidered a different color.

  15. Every single option you've shown is just beautiful! I love this idea! I could look at these fabrics all day long....

  16. Hello lovely Debra. Such a great idea, we have some large bolsters that could do with being reworked like this. Love the leaf embroidered linen. Looking good Cooper, look at him go! :) Paul

  17. Could you maybe do a tutorial on how to make the pillow? I know I would really appreciate detailed instructions! Love your blog!!!

  18. I love the idea of a sleeve, so many options!! It looks as if you and I both have been playing with pillow fabrics!!
    xo Kathysue

  19. Loving all these great textiles! AAaannnd of course I am loving your sweet pooch! Too cute



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