Perhaps it brings back precious memories of a simpler time when we were snuggled within the midst of Grandmere’s feather bed.
It’s classic crispness has a simple yet lovely look and it’s durability makes it a perfect selection for use as an upholstery fabric.
Ticking is available in a variety of colors. I adore the soft pinks and green found in vintage ticking. They are rare and therefore a bit more costly than their common counterparts of red, black and navy.
In my ongoing office makeover I am currently recovering two wing chairs and felt they needed a small kidney pillow to finish them off. The forms I found at the decorating stores were toooo fluffy. At IKEA I found the ANJA pillow. While others might say this 12” x 18” pillow is a bit wimpy, it made for a terrific insert and was perfectly priced at around $2.00.
I tore a long strip of ticking measuring 14” x 20” which provided me with a 1” seam allowance. I also dug through my bag of scraps and came up with some random sizes of ticking and cream colored canvas.
You did read the above section correctly in that I tore, rather than cut, my fabric out. I actually do this quite often. It’s quicker and assures that you have a straight section of fabric and results in a fringed edge.
For easy ruffles I tore strips that measured 3” x 50” and set my machine for a wide basting stitch that can be hand gathered quite easily.
Not knowing exactly the look I wanted, I made a few fabric covered buttons to play around with. They are very easy to do.
The finished button and a wee glimpse of a wearable tutorial that I am working on for next week.
Here is one pillow with four different decorative layouts. Which one should I choose?
You can find a fantastic tutorial for the fabric flower broach at Wisecraft. As for my remaining fabric scraps they shall be sewn into lovely lavender sachets.
In the end I opted for a covered button resting on a small doily to create a flower of sorts and a simple ruffled design.
Go make a blessed mess!