South of the Border themes were very popular in the 1950s. Mid-century tablecloths and tablerunners like the ones used in the project are easy to find (and they are usually so stained you don’t feel guilty for cutting them up.)
Step one was cutting identical squares for a pillow front and back. I used an old yellow corduroy slipcover for this. I wanted the pillow to have nice “weight”.
Next, I tore a square of the tablecloth 2-3 inches smaller than the finished pillow.
The rest was simple–a zipper and 4 seams. And a big green button to dot the “i”.
The results were a big hit–a custom gift that will remind my friend always of her great accomplishment. Project like this make me so happy I sew!