Let’s Get Creative: Boho Pillows

“I’ll just rip this out for you.”
Grandma Westwood.

Grandma was my 4-H leader, and I was learning to sew. There was no getting around it, I was going to sew that seam again! As a 10 year old, I wasn’t excited about this. As an adult, I am so glad she taught me how to sew. When I sit at the machine, I take a moment to think of her. Sewing has allowed me to dream, to create, and to design.

Sewing has been a huge part of my life; ten years managing a fabric store and sewing store displays, gift making, consignment sales, quilting, sewing for my home, my family and my babies. I am never without a project and often it involves a fabric, a technique, a challenge I have never tried before.

So, you can imagine how exciting it was when my lovely husband surprised me by buying me my dream sewing machine. It has all the bells and whistles, so many different stitches and embroidery. I can even put a design on a USB and it will sew it! AMAZING! My grandmother would be speechless.

Where do you start? So many ideas-so little time!


Spend an entire weekend making a sample book of every stitch.


Get creative and make your own decorative fabric using a selection of fun stitches. I fused light weight interfacing to the back of a piece of muslin, then took my time selecting what stitches to use. Note: It still isn’t fun when you have to rip out stitches that are not doing what you want them to!


Order some awesome fringe from Amazon and wait a very long time- because you didn’t know it was being shipped directly from China! Then, make two Boho pillows for the parlour.


Stay tuned! Christmas is coming, and I am getting ready for a craft sale with a new Westwood Cottage logo. So many stitches ahead of me, and I am so excited to get started.

What are you making? I’d love to celebrate your creativity with you!

About westwoodcottage

Growing up I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s farm, Westwood Cottage. It was a magical place. My sister and I always returned home having made something; cookies, a craft, gathering wild flowers and making a bouquet. And I have continued the tradition. I'm a Home Economist with an interest in living a creative life. I sew, bake, write, and have tried most crafts at least once. Adding to one of my many interesting vintage collections is great fun. My husband is a brilliant painter as you will soon see and he is an amateur actor and playwright. We have one son who is a cartoonist animator and another son who is fast becoming a computer wiz. Living in a prairie town in a 126 year old home gives us a lot of inspiration to explore our passions. Won’t you come join us on the journey?
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1 Response to Let’s Get Creative: Boho Pillows

  1. You definitely have the Cadillac….no man, the Lamborghini of sewing machines! My Christmas sewing will be pyjama pants for all the grandkids…13 pairs. Better get started! Can’t wait to see your projects!


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