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Crafts for home decor: A Pretty Pillow Tutorial

Felt, Sewing  |  September 19th 2011  |  0 Comment

It’s finally here! This tutorial took me (much) longer than I thought it would. But I finally finished it, and I hope you’ll all love this pretty cushion as much as I do.

Here she is in all her ruffled glory.

I’ve wanted to make a pillow like this for a very long time, but I wasn’t sure what sort of fabric I wanted to use. Then as I was looking through my latest round of PB catalogs, I noticed that felt pillows were everywhere! And that’s when my inspiration hit, and I decided to create this beauty out of felt. Yep. Felt. And since we’re heading into winter, I thought that snow white felt would be the best fit. I call her “The Snowblossom Pillow”.

To make a Snowblossom pillow of your own, you will need…

    • 1 yard of felt
    • matching thread and needle

 

    • scissors

 

    • tape measure

 

    • polyfil

 

  • patience…lots of patience

Instructions…

1. For a 16 x 16 pillow, cut two pieces of felt to 17″ x 17″ (to give yourself a 1/2″ seam allowance)

2. Mark a square lightly with a pencil in the center of one square. (I made mine 6″x6″)

3. Cut approximately 120 2″x2″ squares from the felt (no need to measure these…you can eyeball it.)

4. Cut each square into a circle. These do not need to be perfect. I’ve found that cutting the squares and then rounding them into circles actually produces less fabric waste, but if you have a better way of cutting the circles out, then by all means, do it.

5. Fold a circle in half. (Please disregard the remains of my Halloween black fingernail polish…)

6. Then fold it in half again, and stitch the corner a couple of times to keep it in the triangle shape. Then sew the same corner to the base piece inside the square that you drew.

7. Continue this with the other 119 pieces, sewing them on at different angles to give the piece movement and flow.

8. Once you have finished applying all the circles, use a sewing machine to sew the front and back of the pillow together with the applied circles inside. Leave one corner open and then pull the fabric through to reverse it.

 

9. Stuff the pillow and sew the corner shut by hand.

That’s it! You have a beautiful pillow!!

This pillow is actually intended for the bed in our master bedroom. I’ll have to show you a photo of how it looks later because at the moment our comforter is being laundered. You see, sometime in the middle of the night, Mr. Three made his way into my bedroom, and climbed into bed with me. Early this morning, I heard a gagging sound. In my groggy state, I wasn’t sure what I was listening to until it was too late. Mr. Three had the stomach flu, and my comforter paid the price. Luckily, I realized what was going on and jumped out of bed, grabbing him on the way. We made it to the master bathroom before round two hit, but the damage to the comforter was already done. Hence, the comforter in the wash. Too much information? Sorry, just keeping it real. Thus is life with toddlers. Now, I’m just hoping that his “bug” doesn’t make its way through the rest of the family.