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Pillow Talk

Woo-hoo another tutorial! I'm so domestic. Sorry, I had really not planned for my blog to be home-makey, but it's gonna happen every once in a while (I have my own home now). Deal with it.

As part of making our apartment more home-y, I decided our couch needed some throw pillows. I really am liking pillows with neat textures on them. Target had some way cute pillows, but I couldn't justify paying that much for a pillow that I knew would not be that hard to make (Plus, I always like things better when I know I made them. Good old pride). So a few Saturdays ago, I embarked on pillow number one: The Target Pillow


The inspiration. Love it.



Step one
This is for a pillow with just one flower

I decided to make mine black and teal. I measured out and sewed a case to cover a thrift store pillow. I then cut out a 2" wide strip of teal to make my flower out of. I think it was around 2' long. I cut out more strips and added them in as I went.



Step Two
I put my pillow in the black case and then began hand-stitching the flower. I started on the outside making a circle (placing the stitched on the inside on the circle). I then twisted the fabric every so often as I went. So basically, I was making a tight spiral going from the outside in. This could probably be done with a sewing machine, but I was back in my apartment (no longer at my mom's house), so I went old school.

Step Three

My teal strip lasted for most of the flower, but when I ran out I just started another where I left off. I folded the end like a triangle and hid it under where I had finished the previous strip each time I started a new one.

Finished

This pillow ended up taking a little longer than anticipated, but I still was able to finish it in about a day. Next time, I'm going to see if I can get the flower on there using the sewing machine instead of hand-stitching.


Then, I was at Bed, Bath, & Beyond last week when I came across pillow project number two.

Uhhhh, so I just looked for a picture of it online, but not seeing it. Hmmm, well I'll just describe it in vivid detail. I looks just like mine exscept I think the flower things were a little bigger and closer together. And it was a gorgeous dark burnt orange color.

This one was so easy. It's all felt, which is now my favorite material to sew with (no frayed edges!). I really wanted to use the same burnt orange color, but I could not find felt that color ANYWHERE (If you happen to come across some, pleeeeease let me know). But I still like the off-white.

Step One
First, I made a circle pattern by tracing a mug onto a paper towel. I pinned it to the felt and then began cutting out circles. For my pillow, I used 30 circles. I cut them out while the fabric was doubled over, so I only had to cut 15 circles =nice
Step Two

Next, after cutting out the 2 pieces for your pillow cover (measure your pillow to figure out how big to make these pieces), I took each cut-out circle and folded it in half. I then folded it in half again, so it looked like a triangle. I pinned the triangles to one piece of the pillow cover in rows of 5. I ended up making 6 rows.

Step Three

After pinning the rows, I sewed a straight line right over the very bottoms of each triange. After all of the rows were sewn, I then sewed the two pillow cover pieces together with the flowers on the inside, then turned it right-side out, put the thrift store pillow inside and then hand stiched the opening closed:)




*********ATTN: PIE DAY 2011 POST COMING SOON*********

6 comments

  1. Me likey. More crafty posts please?

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  2. The pillows are actually nice to use to! Sometimes those show pillows are just for looks, but these suckers are the real deal.

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  3. Andrea, make me cool! When I have a husband one day, and a home, you're hired!

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  4. Jenny, for you, of course. But only for you.

    Cam, dang straight.

    Can, please hire me. I've always wannted to become pro

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  5. This will be featured at Sugar and Dots this week! xo

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  6. I love both pillows! Simple yet gorgeous! I found you through Sugar and Dots:)

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