baby pillows Clever Textile Ideas to DIY from a Restored Tuscan Convent geometric cushion covers

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In a recent New York Times T Magazine, we loved the a former Tuscan convent restored by designer?Holly Lueders and her photographer daughter, Venetia Sacret Youngbaby pillows, largely by their own hands. They sewed much of the textiles themselves, like this rustic-chic?bedspread with?it’;s unexpected, huge panels. We’;re going to try it by sewing vertical or horizontal seams at 12 to 15-inch intervals on a heavy king linen sheet OR perhaps sew panels of fabric together.

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The?lace?bed skirt is a perfect contrast, and lovely if you don’;t need to hide anything under the bed.

We spotted some other clever ideas for using textiles in their rustic convent:

The pillow cover on the ladderback chair seems to be made by folding the fabric like a package or gift around the insert and stitching it…;

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We love the curtains hung from a branch (or perhaps it is a piece of bamboo), and the too-long skirt on the side table. (The array of prints tacked on the wall sans frames make for a kind of wallpaper…;.

Oberto Gil/New York Times


Sometime last year, we inaugurated the "Tea Towel Tour" as a way to product test a new tea towel we wanted to carry by sending it along to participating stitchers, having each one add their own work, (and also review the quality of the towel for us) resulting in a collaborative, stitching 'jam' and direct customer feedback for us. This first tea towel tour had a sad ending though because the last participant never returned the towel to its final destination here at Sublime Stitching. We were really bummed about it, despite every effort to get the towel back, and especially since this was the first tour.