This project took me almost two years to finish, but I did it!
My mom made me a quilt for my bed-couch and she gave me some of the fabrics to make cushions. I wanted four cushions that would not cover the ornaments on the bed-couch. I went through my fabric stash and found some linen and some green upholstery velvet. I didn't want to buy anything for the project, but ended up buying the ribbons and lace because I didn't have any in a suitable color.
I found an old (and hideously ugly) bedspread and used it as a base for the pillows. I made four bags from it and then spent at least two months cutting up clothes, old bed covers and other fabrics I didn't need any more. Seriously, I watched the intire Prisoner (the 60's series) and half of Babylon five while cutting and I had blisters and my hand was cramping, but finally i had enough scraps to fill the bags. I hand sewed the bags close and started designing the actual pillowcases for the pillows.
The fabrics were leftovers from other projects so I had to adjust the design to fit their shape. This is why theres two colours in back and front instead of two different coloured sides as I had originally planned. I like the result a lot (more than the original idea ).
I used the quilt fabric scraps (they were leftover strips) and lace to decorate the bases. Each of the cushions is different, variations of the same theme. I hand sewed the ribbons to each of the pillows. The vertical ribbons are only in the front of the pillows, but the diagonal ones continue to the back. This took hours and hours (One hour per seam… ) and it was a real pain to sew the ribbons on the velvet. They kept shifting and the result wasn't exactly straight, but it's close enough. I brought the project with me to class and to parties and meetings and everywhere.
Finally I finished sewing the ribbons and could sew the decorated bases into bags with one long side open. I figured it would be easier to get the pillows in the bags this way. The last side I again hand sewed shut. I really like sewing by hand, but there were times when I almost gave up But just look at this pile! I'm gald I kept going and finished the project (before it was time to buy a new couch )!