I had one more Marimekko fabric left from my trip to Dubai back in January. Wow, it really seems like January was a year ago already. Anyhow, back to April. I had this bright, bubbly, yellow Marimekko Unikko print, Unikko, which is the Finnish textile company’s signature print, comes in lots of variations. Small Unikko, huge Unikko, loud Unikko, subtle Unikko. It goes on and on. I initially picked up this version with making some type of home decor in mind. Then I thought, no I need clothing. I should make something to wear. Then after committing myself to that idea, I realized I do not want to wear this print…ever. A much bigger unikko print, yes. I’d wear that. Especially in the form of a sleeveless, flowing maxi dress. But this mini just does not jive with my wardrobe or wardrobe aspirations. Also, this fabric is a lightweight, 100% cotton that would be too sheer as a day dress. So back to decor I went.
I’ve been feeling a need to liven up my bedding, but I really don’t want to purchase anything new right now. My husband is in the process looking for jobs in the UAE. If something works out for the upcoming fall, it would mean finding a way to move and/or get rid of the many things we’ve already acquired. Despite the headache that thought can bring about, I truly welcome the idea. We could manage staying in Saudi Arabia another year if we had to, but we’ve both had our fill. Two years is plenty of time here.
Considering all that, I used this lively Unikko print to make a couple of simple envelope pillow covers. An envelope style pillow cover is definitely the simplest way to make one. It requires no additional notions, other than thread of course, and after just a couple stitches, you’re done. You can find an easy tutorial here. Do it once and you won’t need a tutorial or pattern ever again. I’m loving this new pop of color on our bed. I’ve read many, many times that the bedroom should have a cool palette, to create a tranquil, restful environment. Soft blues and greys. Cool whites. This stands to reason, but I love a pop of warm color in the bedroom. Right now I think I have a good balance of both.