Beautiful Blues

Bring the light of summer skies indoors with these airy blues.
Bleached Blooms

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Bring style to the outdoors with
these comfy cushions.

Spilling bleach on fabric usually spells disaster, but not here. The free-spirited flowers on this pillow come courtesy of rubber stamps and string dipped in bleach. Piles of tiny blue and white beads secured with glue, form each bloom's center, while smaller groupings embellish the rest of the pillow.

The ruffle, which softens the boxy build, masquerades as a coordinating fabric. But look again: It's actually the same blue linen bleached in a criss-cross pattern using a small artist's brush.

What You Need:

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Decorate with bleach for a fun,
fresh look.

  • 1 yard of blue fabric
  • Liquid bleach
  • String
  • Artist's brushes
  • 2-1/2-inch-diameter flower rubber stamp
  • 10-inch block-shape pillow form or polyester fiberfill
  • Seed beads
  • Fabric glue


  1. From the blue fabric, cut six 11-inch squares and enough 4-inch-wide strips to measure 125 inches.
  2. Use the flower rubber stamp to stamp liquid bleach onto the 11-inch fabric squares for the pillow top, bottom, and sides. Refer to the image above for ideas, adding stems, dots, and stripes as desired with string and artist's brushes. Create a crisscross effect on the 4-inch-wide strips using a small artist's brush to make the lines. Thoroughly rinse fabric with water when the desired color has been reached. Let dry; press.
  3. Sew together the short ends of the 4-inch-wide strips to make one long piece. Cut the piece in half, creating strips for the top and bottom ruffles of pillow.
  4. Sew together the short ends of one strip, forming a circle. Press ruffle in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Machine-baste through both layers 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch from raw edge. Pin ruffle to pillow top, aligning raw edges and pulling threads to gather ruffle to fit the square. Sew ruffle to pillow top. Repeat with second strip for ruffle on pillow bottom.
  5. Sew together the side edges of the remaining four squares to form the sides of a cube. Pin the sides to the pillow bottom, positioning the seams at the corners and sandwiching the ruffle between layers; sew. Repeat with the pillow top, leaving a large opening on one edge. Turn right side out. Insert pillow form or stuff with polyester fiberfill; hand-sew opening closed. Glue seed beads to center of flowers and on dots.

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