If ever there was a country with a knack for color, it has to be Morocco. The rich and contrasting jewel tones of Moroccan decor are simply mouth watering. It’s very difficult to pull off color combinations of tangerine, lime, electric blue and fuchsia, but these exotic color combos are daily fare in the riads of Marrakech. Inspired by the eye popping colors of Moroccan interiors I set out to make cushions from all the little bits and pieces of shiny colorful (and formerly useless) fabric and trims in my fabric stash. Why do I have so many colorful scraps of material, you ask? Well, I make costumes. Dance costumes. Bellydance costumes. I’ve been making my own costumes for years, and color junkie that I am, I must have bought just about every shiny, glittery, sparkly, beaded and sequinned fabric ever made. And the matching trims too. Every single fabric was special to me and I couldn’t bear the thought of throwing away such beautiful treasures. So I saved them all, thinking that some day I would find a use for them. That day came when I happened to see some online pictures of the most amazing middle eastern pillows that were made with beautiful pieces of assorted designer fabrics. After I wiped the drool off my keyboard I remembered the plastic bags full of scraps that were lurking in my closet and I knew right then and there that those scraps could be turned into beautiful Moroccan cushions. I began to cut strips and squares of fabric and piecing them together in a crazy quilt-like fashion, forming larger pieces of various shapes. Squares, rectangles, circles and triangles….and even a couple that didn’t quite have a definite geometric shape. I didn’t use a pattern. I just cut and pieced randomly. I was also able to use the scraps of beaded fringe, sequins, glittery appliques and chainette fringe that I had quite a bit of.
I didn’t sew zippers in the cushions. I wanted everything to be simple and easy so I wasn’t about to bother with zippers. After I pieced together the smaller fabric scraps to form larger squares (or rectangles etc.) I stitched the larger pieces closed by putting right sides together and machine sewing them on all four sides leaving a 4 or 5 inch opening on one of the sides to stuff them through. I then turned the pillow back out through the opening and ironed it. I over-stuffed each one quite tightly (I like them very fat rather than floppy) and then stitched up the opening by hand. I figure that if they eventually need a washing I can always throw them into the washer and then hang them out on the line to dry. Or, I can just toss them and make more. heh.
I can’t possibly upload all the pictures I have of these cushions. There’s too many. I think I went a little bit cushion crazy and I must have made about 50 of them. Possibly more. My mom wanted to know why I was making so many cushions and even asked me if I was going to sell them. Maybe I’ll give some away as Christmas gifts as I can’t possibly fit all these cushions in my house. The scary part is that I didn’t even make a dent in my fabric stash. I have enough fabric to make at least 200 more cushions. At LEAST. Muahaha.
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