Canadian smocking couch makeover fabric pillow

Couch Makeover {pillow #5}

We’re getting down to the end, friends.  Once I reveal pillow #5, we only have one more pillow to complete for the couch makeover.  
I’m wondering if I should draw out the process a little bit.
What do you think?
Keep stalling?
or get on with it?
Ok- I hear you.  Here it is, Pillow #5:
Yes.  Another textural wonder.  I have fallen in love with Canadian Smocking.  You will see more of this in the future.  Along with a tutorial and some hints.  But, if you can’t wait for me, here is a site with lots of inspiration and this post will help you get started.  The biggest hint I can give you is DON’T use knits.  🙂  You can see how the embossed pieces (the raised pieces) are sinking in the middle- that’s because the material is too thin.  Choose something with some body.  And NO stretch.  There.  I’m done with my rant.
I have to admit though, that even with the imperfections, this pillow is lovely.
Finished smocking.
Even the back side is cool looking.
The hardest part is lining up the pleats to make the pillow.
If you look closely you can see the little gold flecks that made me fall in love with this fabric.  It has just a subtle sheen to it- it’s lovely.
One last parting glance.
A new home. 🙂  Maybe.  I have been trying to keep the pillows in the original position I first laid them out for the pictures.  I do not like this arrangement.  I am waiting for the final pillow before I make any decisions about placement.  Notice that the final pillow is the polka dot pillow.  Still waiting for the perfect inspiration to finish it.  It will probably just get piping. 😉
I am also working on a tutorial for the wavy ruffle pillow.  Man, that one is popular! 🙂  Thanks for all your pins and features.  I really appreciate your support.
{Before}{Pillow #1}{Pillow #2}{Pillow #3}{Pillow #4}
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  • Leanne
    August 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Wow! You did it again. Another awesome pillow.

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    August 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    How is this even possible?!? I have to go check out those links cause I have no idea how you did this. It's amazing, Amy.

  • Alysha
    August 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Ok I am in love with this pillow. How much would you charge for a 20×20?

  • Andi @ Jane of all crafts
    August 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Seriously, you are the pillow queen!!! Another awesome pillow!!

  • Jen
    August 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    This pillow is TOTALLY gorgeous! I am absolutely positively going to do this! Consider yourself pinned! I'd love it if you came and visited my blog sometime,

  • Tonia @
    August 6, 2011 at 12:31 am

    That is so cool!! I can't wait to see your tutorial so I can make one!!

  • Amy C
    August 6, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Every time you post a new pillow it's my new favorite. I thought I loved your wavy ruffle pillow (and I do!), but this pillow is just Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • [email protected]
    August 6, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Oh my heck … I'm {almost} speechless! The texture is to die for! I can't wait to check out the link you included … I gotta know how you make this!

  • Preppy Pink Crocodile
    August 6, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Nothing short of STUNNING! So beautiful!!


  • Amanda
    August 6, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I know what I'm doing next week. This pillow rocks!! Thanks for sharing!

  • cpup40
    August 6, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I love this pillow, can't wait until you get a tutorial up for it, so that I can make some.

  • Lorene (just Lu)
    August 6, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Oh. My. LOVE. Someday I will get around to redoing the mismatched pillows on my couch and this will be there, right next to the wavy ruffles. Can't wait for the tutorial!!

  • Janlynn
    August 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    All of your pillows are so beautiful.
    I love #5 the best. I can't wait for the tutorial. I have seen the style but never knew it was called Canadian smocking!

  • christini yogini
    August 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    SO pretty, so elegant!!!

  • Naturally Carol
    August 8, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Hi Amy..I remember this kind of thing being very popular with my mum's crowd back in the seventies. It looks totally updated now with the colour you've chosen and the other cushions around it..wonderful choice!

  • Caroline @ Artfully Caroline
    August 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    WOW! That's all I need to say 🙂

  • Kara
    August 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    You are killing me with the amazing pillows Amy! I love this one too! My couch just looks so boring to me now. Guess I better get busy!

  • The Ellis'
    August 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I can't believe you made that! It is absolutely gorgeous! We would love for you to share this at our link party and come enter our free digital scrapbooking software giveaway!

    The Sisters @ Six Sister's Stuff

  • Spunky Junky
    August 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    hahaha! I love this pillow! It reminds me of a pie (I don't know if you were going for that look) but it is amazing and I totally want one!

    I am featuring you today on SJ! Great Job Chicka!!!!


  • JanetLee
    August 20, 2011 at 2:18 am

    When I was a kid many years ago, I received one of these for a gift. It was made from a bath towel using the velvety-looking side of the towel(can't think of the word – darned menopause is zapping my brain) not the terry loops. This would solve the problem of too thin a fabric. It was the size of a bed pillow and I used it until it was all used up. I loved that pillow and always wondered how it was made. Can't wait for directions. Thanks. So beautiful!

  • Michelle
    August 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Um, wow. I mean WOW! You are the pillow queen! Dang it, just saw someone already gave you that title. Oh well, long live the pillow queen!