11.10.2010

A Pretty Pillow Tutorial~

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.


Okay, but sick toddlers aside, hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I decided to link up to the CSI challenge this week. Good luck for me that the challenge was on pillows this week, eh?


Visit thecsiproject.com

Have a great day~

35 comments:

Crystal said...

I haven't sewn in years, but this is super cute! I just love it and maybe this will be just what I need to start sewing again. Thanks for sharing :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Wow is exactly what I said when my eyes landed on your newest creation. It's gorgeous, Wendy! Makes me want to go cuddle with a felt blanket and light up that fire!

A great tutorial to boot! Thanks for that. :)

Donna

Aldina said...

lovely tuto, thank you
Aldina

pieters said...

love it!

Lisa, An American Mom said...

Wow that is beautiful! I don't sew but maybe I will now? :)

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Fabulous!!! Great pillow and easy to follow tutorial! Janell

cuppycakeme said...

Wow I want to make a million of these things! Thanks for sharing!!!

http://www.cuppycakeme.blogspot.com

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

Oooh, it looks so pretty and snuggly! Great job!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I love this pillow!!! And the name is perfect!

Sorry to hear your comforter got hit. But I always tell my kids to throw up on their bedding instead of the floor, rugs, carpet. It's much easier to throw bedding in the wash. I hope he feels better soon.

Amy said...

Lovely. All the hard work was worth it, it's a beautiful pillow! Nice job.

Cassi said...

I love how soft this looks. Great Job

Nikki 'Trexel' Moore said...

Beautiful! I have seen pillows made this way with raw silk (or something that looks like it) but this is even cozier. Thanks for the tutorial!

loveheads said...

Oh my goodness, this is absolutely heaven sent... perfect for this upcoming winter!!! I'm a bit of a newbie on the diy/decor blog scene, everytime i come across a new blog i get so giddy to see what gorgeous projects everyone is doing!! I must add this to my future projects!!

Adena (aka cre82learn) said...

This is so gorgeous!! Too bad you can't buy patience at the craft store, that's all I need to do this project :)

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

What a gorgeous pillow! How creative... fun to see those circles turn into flowers. Love it!

Anne Maskell said...

So pretty! You did a lovely job! I'm visiting from TRH, hope you visit me too!
http://www.amaskellantics.com/

allycupe said...

I am loving this pillow, I'm trying to decide how much patience I have...this seems like one of those projects that could get half done. Seems wine inducing...but on the other hand a good one for in front of the tv!

Taylor-Ann said...

What an adorable pillow. I just love it. Great job Wendy!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

This is beautiful!! I love it!

Crystal said...

I was just wondering if I should get rid or pass on my sewing machine? I think (I know) I just found some new inspiration, now to find the time. What a great pillow and tutorial.
Thanks for sharing Wendy.
Crystal

LuLu said...

You always amaze me!!! my to do list keeps growing because of you!!! :) it'd look lovely next to my number 6 pillow ;)
xo,
LuLu

The Starr Family said...

I love this lovely pillow, and I love that it is mentioned with the words "gagging" and "stomach flu". Only a mom.

Birdie3008 said...

Love it! I saw these in PB too and was wondering how to make them. Now I know :) Thanks

Ray* said...

FAN-TABULOUS!!!!!!

This pillow is awesome! Great job!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Beautiful pillow! So glad Mr. Three didn't get it too!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Very very pretty! I love it! I have spent the last two days making things out of felt. I had never really used it before. I really like it but it's a little tricky :)

Love your pillow!

xox
Jen

freckled laundry said...

So pretty, Wendy! It was definitely worth cutting out 120 circles. Thank you for the tute!

Hugs to you,
Jami

Mrs Lemon said...

I have some yellow flannel I bought on accident ... I wonder how that would turn out?

Laura said...

Wow! Love it and it looks like something I might be able to try.

Lauren said...

A.Dor.Able.! Adorable! And I hope the bug stays away from the rest of you all!

Richella said...

This is a beautiful pillow, Wendy! Thank you for the tutorial. I wouldn't be surprised if you won the CSI challenge this week--which might be a nice little surprise for you this stomach-buggy week! Hope the bug hasn't made the rounds through your family!

carrie case said...

Thank you.... thank you... thank you... beautiful can't wait to make one or two or three!!!

Kara said...

Love your gorgeous pillow!! So sorry your son has the flu. My youngest has had it the past two days, so I know just what you're going through. Not fun!

Sanditerese said...

Cute! Definitely going to have to try this.

Taylor-Ann said...

Hey Wendy- Happy friday..I just wanted to let you know I featured your super cute pillow on my blog today.

Taylor