Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flower Pillow Tutorial

So, I've been browsing stores looking for some inspiration for pillows for my bed to go with my new quilt I'm making. (It's almost done! I'm onto the quilting step!) I went into a party store to get some goodies for Gray's upcoming birthday and there was a Pier 1 next door. I'm so glad I went in! They had lots of awesome pillows, but this is the one that caught my eye.

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Sorry for the bad pic...it was taken with my phone. (So glad I snapped this shot..I can't find this one on their website!)

I knew that I wanted to do this pillow in white to match my new bedding. But on Friday, while hemming my Pool Blue bridesmaid dress, I had the bright idea to do blue flowers. My walls in my bedroom are a muted turquoise color, so the extra 6 inches of fabric I cut off my dress would be perfect to use!
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For this pillow, you'll need:
- Fabric of Choice for pillow (Amount depends on size 1/2 yd should be PLENTY)
- Fabric of Choice for flowers (1/2 yd to be safe)
-Matching Thread
-Sewing Machine
-Some sort of pillow stuffing (I recovered an old pillow ;))

Start off by cutting out your pillow fabric to your desired size leaving room for your seams.

If you are stuffing with another pillow, sew three of the four sides leaving the 4th side open to insert the pillow.
If you are stuffing with stuffing (think I could say stuffing one more time?), sew three sides. On the last side, leave a small hole (3-4" long) to add the pillow filling.
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Now turn it right side out.
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On the fabric that you are using for the flowers, find a small circle to trace. I used a medicine cup ( 1" to 1.5"). Fold the fabric into quarters and trace the circles on the top. In hindsight, I wish my circles & flowers were bigger so I had to do less of them.
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Hold or pin the fabric together and cut out the circles. You'll be cutting four at a time.
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Now for flower construction!
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1. Fold circle in half and about 1/16" from the bottom, stitch through.
2. Then come back through the one side of the circle. Your thread should be in between the two pieces.
2. Repeat with 3 more circles.
3. For the last circle, fold in half and stitch through. Come back through the one side of the circle. Adjust the final petal and stitch through the flower to hold petals in place. Finished product!

Stitch these flowers randomly onto the pillow. It seems obvious, but make sure to only stitch through the top layer of fabric and not both layers.
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Once the pillow is full, insert pillow stuffing. Fold the edges under and pin the front and back together.
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Stitch the insides together by only sewing the insides of the folds. If you do this, your hand stitching is invisible!
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And voila! A finished pillow!
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Isn't she beautiful!

And my cost = $0! Everything was on hand for this project!

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17 comments:

  1. SOOOO cute! I'm going to try this for sure! Your daughter is adorable! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  2. I saw your post today on Sew Much Ado....I love your pillow. What a great idea. I'll have to do this sometime.

    Thanks for sharing.
    -Leah

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  3. Gorgeous! Love the bright blue! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

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  4. The pillow looks lovely, the colour is great! Thanks for sharing a great tutorial.

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  5. Very Cute! come and join our party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love it, and I'm thinking my mom would also love it for Mother's Day!
    It's a great idea.

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  7. Love these! I love your flower technique! I have a few blah-plain pillows that would benefit from a little flower power. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial! I'm your newest follower

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  8. This is so cute!! I am visiting from TT&J and I am a new follower!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com
    p.s. I am having a giveaway at my blog this weekend for a bib necklace and zipper rosette flower! I would love if you checked it out!

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  9. whow. A big, fat whow. I love the colour combo and the big, "floppy" petals! You should congratulate yourself! :)

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  10. What an amazing idea! It turned out gorgeous! :)I would love it if you would link this up to my Inspire-Me Mondays Party at Homemaker in Heels! Have a great day!http://www.homemakerinheels.com/2011/05/inspire-me-mondays-week-2.html
    Crysta

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  11. Hello, friend! I'm admiring your creativity as shown in your blog so will you kindly share some of your posts in the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  12. Yay! You came :) Linking this up with us plus the ruffle camera strap made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

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  13. Thank you so much for putting your pillow in our DIY TUTORIAL linky party. We love it.

    Please add a link back to us at FineCraftGuild. An easy-to-use tool to do so is on the party page: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-ers-home-decorators-crafters/

    Rose

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  14. So cute! Had to follow you! Love the pillow and the colors.

    Mandy
    http://a37s42.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love this and thanks for the tutorial. I need to make some girly pillows for my front room. We have alot of my husband's military stuff on display and I need to add some giel in there too!!! little touches. I am following you now,
    ladeedacreations.com

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  16. I LOVE the pillow!! Turquoise is my favorite color and looks fantastic in combination with white! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  17. Love the pillow. I just spent a lot of my day making one! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I can't beLIEVE that you traced and cut out all those circles...I've done other projects where I needed circle and figured a much easier way to do it. Simply use your rotary cutter and mat to cut out 1 inch square and then just round the corners. You can do it much faster!

    Thank you again for the tute. I couldn't have done it without ya!

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