In recent months, I’ve seen mud cloth really taking off, replacing (or adding to) a lot of the shibori patterns we’ve been seeing everywhere for the last few years. Although I certainly love the look of vintage mud cloth its ridiculously expensive. I found one yard of mud cloth fabric at a Paris flea market last spring for $299 euro! Yikes!
What is so beautiful about the patterns is the raw textures and dying in super simple shapes. It’s a very graphic, but organic addition to the rest of the patterns in our homes. I’ve seen mud cloth in various shades of black, brown, tan, and cream – with the basic black and white being my favorite. I thought it was about time I gave this trend a little DIY treatment with my favorite go-to method.
I love a good modern take on a traditional project. This idea had been brewing in my mind for a while now and this weekend I just grabbed a plain pillow cover out of the linen closet, threaded up my needle and went at it to create this modern cross stitched pillow. As I was going, I kept getting more and more excited about how it was turning out. It was fun and simple to do, but produced a pillow that I feel like you could snag in the hippest of minimal Scandinavian design shops.
Today, I am bursting at the seams to share this DIY. I feel like I say this every time, but this project has been looming in my mind for a while now. Ok, so maybe just around 2 months, but still. I doubted whether I could do it with the resources I have in my town and searched online for fringes, trims, sequins, and whatnot. At the end of the day, I bought one hundred percent of the materials in this project from my local JoAnn’s. Go figure!
Moroccan wedding blankets have been on the design scene for a few years now and are just starting to go more mainstream with offerings at West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Pottery Barn. They are all still pretty pricey, however, and the cream pillow from Pottery Barn is still close to $80. Not my version, though. This beauty came in at just $29 for all the fabrics and trims. It’s a tad pricier than most of my DIYs, but I definitely think it’s worth the cash, sweat, and tears.
Most of the fun of this project was placing the lines of alternating fringe, sequins and mohair where I wanted. Although this project is a snap with a sewing machine, you could do it all by hand if you don’t have one since it’s a whole 12 straight lines. I decided to take the help and use my machine this time even though on most projects I spend ample time trying to figure out how NOT to use the sewing machine. You guys know I hate to sew, right? So I did it anyway for this project because I just wanted to do it that badly. If you feel the same, keep on reading for the full instructions (and more photos)!