Monday, April 4, 2011

Coolest Pillow Ever

I made some Pelmet Boxes for my breakfast nook (tomorrow's post). Since my downstairs is one big room, I wanted to make a pillow that would help tie the rooms together. I saw this one here, and wondered if it would work out of fabric. It did!- it just took 5 times longer. The original pillow was supposedly made in 30 minutes (although it would have taken me at least twice that) and this one took about 2 1/2. I think it's worth it and has replace my wreath as my favorite thing I've made this year.

First cut out a bunch of circles.  I used a CD (4 inch) and an Easter egg (3 inch) as templates.The original tutorial  called for 30 of the big and 20 of the small.  I double it since I would be sewing them together, but I have tons left over.  I used decorator fabric and it was pretty thick, maybe if you used thinner fabric you'd need more. 

Next  sew 2 circles together (right sides together).  Repeat until all your circles are sewn together.

Next, cut all your circles in half and clip the raw edge.  This means cut from the outside raw to the seam line.  This will help it curve when you flip it inside out.

Next flip all your circles inside out and iron them flat.

Then cut out a piece of fabric 1 inch larger than your pillow form. I had an 18 inch pillow form, so cut out and 19 inch square out of muslin. 

Then draw a circle (I used a plate) on your fabric.  Arrange all your petals along the edge of the circle and sew them down.  Repeat.

As I got in a few rows, I found that it was easier to sew strips of the petals and then sew them on the flower.  It also made them stand up a little.  To remedy any bare patches, just sew in a few random petals here and there.

 For the center, I just folded some petals in half and sewed them in by hand (although I was really tempted to bust out the hot glue gun).

Sew the back on your pillow and be amazed at your work.  I'm saying it again-I love how this turned out!

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  1. You did an amazing job with this pillow..I love it! It was definitely worth the time it took to sew. I think if it took you 5x longer than in the tutorial, it would take me 20x longer!

  2. I love this pillow! I've created one out of felt before but I love how fun the fabric is! Great job!

  3. BEAUTIFUL! I'd love it of you joined the Glitter Link party!

  4. Very nice pillow. You did a great job with it. Love that design, worth the time and effort. Well done!

  5. Great pillow! I just may have to make one for my living room :)

  6. I love this pillow! So cute!!!

    I'd love for you to link this up to my new link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

  7. Beautiful pillow. I love the tutorial!

    Jill of

    Amazing <3 You're so creative :D
    Adding myself as a follower - can't wait to see more ;)
    Have a great day! :)

  9. this is VERY cute. i would love to do a pillow like this for my daughters "big girl bed!"

    be sure to add your blog to the BLOG HOP this week @:

  10. That turned out great! I love it.

  11. I love this pillow! I'm hoping to try making a couple of them soon. :-)

  12. Wow, impressive. I think you have more patience than I do and it clearly paid off. Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

  13. I love this pillow and lots of your other crafts and food. Do you deliver?? :)

    I'm passing on the Versatile Blogger award to you because of all your great crafts. You can check it out here:

  14. This is an amazing pillow I love your fabric and the pretty dimension. Hugs, Kim

  15. Great tutorial! I love the green fabric as well. I saw a pillow like this at Z that was $60. I am a beginning seamstress...and your tute made me feel like I could do this!


    Thanks for sharing this at Creative Juice! Hope to see more of your creations next week...

  16. Oh sweet girl! These are darlin'! AND "Tales of a Trophy Wife" wins the award for the most clever blog name in blog land! ~ robin

  17. This pillow is GREAT! And your tutorial is clear and easy to follow. I'll be featuring you on my Facebook Artist Talent Album this weekend.
    Thanks SO much for sharing at the Kiss Me I'm Irish linky party over at I Gotta Create!

  18. Following you via L.followers. Hope you follow me back :-).

  19. Guess who will be taking your sewing class - me..... Rhonda
    You have truly inspired me, I hope you have a great week.