A Shabby Chic Pillow

Is the shabby chic decorating style still “in” anymore? Not that I pay attention to the “in” decorating styles.

I made this patchwork piece quite awhile ago with the intention of making it into a bandana scarf. But realistically, I knew I wouldn’t wear it as a scarf.

So I quilted it with some free motion fun, and made it into a pillow cover instead.

I was compelled to add the blue pom-pom fringe because it was in my stash, and it seemed like a great way to top off the shabby chic look.

Dave isn’t big on the shabby chic decorating style because it can be so girlie. I love this look so maybe I will use this pillow for myself or as a gift. It was a treat to have a small sewing project like this to work on during my spring break.

21 comments

  • I don’t think it matters if shabby chic is in or not. It is a super cute pillow (especially with pom-pom fringe) and if you like it that’s all that matters. If you are not sure about it, it can find a happy home here!

  • That is darling! I need to get me some pom pom trim and whip one up. It would go perfectly in my sewing room, and I have some Bliss left over to make it with!!

  • Love the pillow Terri!!! The pom pom fringe is a fabulous touch!

  • oh my gosh, i love it! my love for all things tanya whelan can not be diminished!

  • I’ve never really been a fan of shabby chic either… there are bits and pieces that I like but 97%… meh, not so much.
    BUT I LOVE YOUR PILLOW!
    It would look spectacular on my couch πŸ™‚ The colors looks amazing!

  • Well, I think the Shabby Chic look is a lifestyle choice, ha ha! I love it!! If I had my furniture that’s in California, it would totally fit in with my stuff! I LOVE IT!!

  • Floral never goes out of style, only how it is presented changes. I love this pillow but my husband is like yours. It would be too girly for him.

  • Love the pillow and the fringe is the tops. My husband also would say its a little girly but I like it. I don’t think the shabby chic is gone at all, I still see it around alot.

  • I think it’s gorgeous and wonderfully girlie – the fabrics are soft and whimsical and the pompom trim is cute without being fussy. I agree with Shari…. shabby-chic is a lifestyle choice and though I’m not a chintz person I am a shabby-chic girl… and there is a difference (I think? lol) love your pillow πŸ™‚

  • Hello Terri! Your pillow is so adorable and just enough shabby chic! I love those flowerf fabrics – perfect for the spring and of course for all the year to remind about summer! Pom pom ribbon is ‘the cherry on the cake’!
    When you miss summer, just look your pillow!
    xxx Teje

  • One of my best friends growing up had an ENTIRE room decked out in shabby chic, complete with white rattan armiore. We lived together in college and that old thing made it into our condo…lined in shabby chic fabric from 15 years before. Like rumblycottage said-it never really goes out! Your pillow is precious and now all you need is a little country window seat to put it on!

  • I love it…and the pom poms are so perfect! It’s beautiful…and beautiful things never go out of style!

  • OH MY GOODNESS!! I LOVE THIS!! Shabby Chic is still SOOOOOOOOOOO in! Well for me at least! I’m kinda obsessed… *sigh* I think the blue pompoms set it off beautifully!! You have done a really professional job!

    I think you should gift it! Defiantly gift it! The person who gets it will be utterly thrilled! (I know I would!!)

    Small projects sometimes are my favs because they can be done in a short amount of time πŸ™‚

    Keep up the AWESOME work!

    Toodles!

  • The pillow is beautiful! I really love the patchwork and of course the pom pom trim! πŸ™‚
    I like the shabby chic look too and enjoy sewing stuff in that style. Sadly it doesn’t go with my house decor either so I end up giving those projects away.
    Hope you have a good weekend Terri.

  • Your pillow is gorgeous Terri! I love the shabby chic style too, although it doesn’t quite fit in with my decor either. Your pom pom trim works perfectly and the fabric you used on the back is beautiful. Great finish!

  • I love the shabby chic look. I made a similar pillow cover with the same fabric a few years ago. But not with the cute trim. πŸ™‚

  • Cute pillow! I love the pom pom on the edge!

  • Love your pillow! It is beautiful!

    Any tricks for sewing on the trim-I always seem to have trouble with the pom pom trim!

    • Thanks Alissa. It was a fun pillow to make!I’ve had success adding the pom-pom trim by using a zipper foot, lining up the raw edge of the trim to the raw edge of the fabric, and then sewing a 1/4 inch seam. When you sew the pillow front and back together, use that stitching line from attaching your pom-pom trim as a guide to sew the layers together. I would also pin the layers together all the way around, since those lumpy pom-poms might cause the layers to shift. I also sewed a bit of a rounded corner in order to keep the pom-pom trim lined up. That should leave you with a nice amount of pom-poms showing when turned right side out. Hope that helps!Terri

  • oh, how cute is that!!!! what a great idea to turn it into a pillow, HA HA HA! πŸ˜‰ i think adding the pom pom trim was a stroke of genius. it really makes it the prettiest pillow i’ve ever seen!

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