By: Jana Phipps 'the Trim Queen'
For years I’ve tried to develop a meditation practice. I start, get derailed, then start again. My goal is not to just manage my stress, but to cultivate a better sense of well being. It seems to be the secret of many creatives and entrepreneurs I admire! Determined to find consistency, I set aside a corner of my design studio to create a small sanctuary. I made a meditation pillow using Ultrasuede® HP in serene colors that beckon me to create daily calm.
Choosing the Fabric
Durability was really important for this luxury DIY project. I chose Ultrasuede® HP because it will stand up to daily use, has a high abrasion-resistance with a plush yet sturdy hand, and it’s easy to spot clean. Since it’s a non-woven textile and doesn’t fray, I could start my No-Sew project right away. I also learned about the company’s commitment to sustainable practices—Ultrasuede® is a partially plant-based material—which is important to me as a conscientious consumer. I chose my two favorite calming colors as a combination, Real Teal and Mint to create a color-block effect. Best of all, the fabric is luxuriously soft, so I can relax and enjoy my time on the floor!
Here's What You'll Need
- 1 yard Ultrasuede® HP(55” width) in main color
- 1 yard Ultrasuede® HP(55” width) in accent color
- 36” square pillow form
- Single Hole Punch
- Disappearing Ink Marker
- Rotary Cutter
- Large Cutting Mat
- Small Detail Scissors are also helpful
Step 1: Cutting the fabric
To utilize the full width of the fabric for long lacing, cut 6 X ¼” strips of the accent Ultrusuede® HP color using therotary cutter and yardstick as your guide on the cutting mat. Measure and cut 2 X 18” squares of the accent color Ultrasuede® HP (I mark the square with a disappearing ink marker and cut). Measure and cut 2 x 18” squares of the main color of Ultrasuede® HP. Set aside the remaining main color to cut the back of the pillow later.
Step 2: Marking the fabric & hole punching
Lay out your 18” squares in a checkerboard formation. Mark one side of one 18” square main color ¼” in from the edge every inch down the side. Line up this marked edge square with contrasting square and mark ¼” in from edge, start your first mark at ½” then mark 1” down the side to create alternating marks to cut holes for your lacing.
Alternate colors creating a checkerboard and repeat for the second set of squares. Use the hole punch to cut out where all the markings are, and PRO TIP: use detail scissors to snip the holes if the entire circle doesn’t cut out.
Step 3: Lacing the pillow front
Tie a double knot thick enough to not pull through the hole. Pull tip of lace through the bottom of hole and push through top of opposite fabric connecting the two pieces, pull through bottom of hole then cross under original fabric to next hole and repeat until the pieces are connected by a diagonal whip stitch. Once the first two pieces are connected, keep going and connect the second two pieces using the same lace
With these four pieces now vertically connected, mark the horizontal separations using the 1” markings ¼” from the edge for one side, then alternate 1” spacing for opposite side. Cut holes with hole punch. Lace the four pieces horizontally, criss crossing the middle lace at the center to make an X. Tighten the lacing so the whip stitch looks consistent and pull the tail through the last hole two times and tuck under the loop to secure it, cut the excess.
Step 4: Cut, mark, and hole punch the back
Measure the pillow face and cut the dominant color fabric the same size PRO TIP: you can lie the laced front on top of the wrong side of Ultrasuede® and trace or measure with the yardstick, mark and cut. Lie your laced front piece on top of your back piece, face sides out, shimmy down your pillow front from the edge of the pillow back and mark ¼” from the edge alternating 1” dots to punch out holes on the fabric for pillow backing. Do this for all four sides.
Step 5: Lace the front and back of the pillow
Flip covers so the face of both sides are outward (backsides are facing inward), make a knot in your lace and start to lace the front to the back with an outward whip stitch. You will join the two pieces by wrapping the lace around the edge of the pillow covers.
At the end of one side, adjust the lacing for consistency and knot the end with the next lace, hiding the knot inside the corner and continue to lace the next side. Repeat knotting at the corner and repeat for the third side. Knot the final lace onthe fourth side and insert the pillow, then lace up the last side. PRO TIP: tighten lacing once side is done then double knot joining last laces and push the knot carefully inside the pillowcase with the detail scissors.
And you're done!
Relax and meditate, for a quietmoment, on what an amazing maker you are!