West Elm Swatch Pillow

Last week my daughter, Emily, and I visited one of her favorite shops, West Elm. Because she and her husband, Aaron, have just moved into a new apartment in a beautiful 1920s Art Deco building, I wanted to buy her a little house warming present.



For her gift, Emily picked out a couple of pillows in gray and ivory to put on their black couch, while I grabbed some swatches that I spied on a nearby display. Emily couldn’t imagine what I was going to do with those little samples, but she’s used to my weird ideas.

The swatches were heavyish fabrics (leather, suede and wovens) in neutral shades, glued to a card on one edge.  The colors were mostly light, so I added a few vintage dark wool suiting samples.  Because I didn’t want to deal with bulky seams, or reduce the size of the swatches, I just trimmed them all to 3″ x 4″ rectangles and glued them to a piece of upholstery weight fabric. The pillow was finished with stuff I had on hand — black and gray grosgrain ribbon to cover the seams, and a piece of ivory wool for the back.  Now she has three pillows for the price of two.


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