Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Damask, Swirls & Polka-dots Pillow ... Version 2

Earlier this week I made a pattern for a new pillow to be used in my daughter's home. I combined several vibrantly beautiful light canvas fabrics, organic muslin, and fabric flowers to create that lively pillow.

Today I completed a companion pillow to the one I previously showed you! I used the same fabrics and arranged them a little differently to create a similar, but distinctly different pillow. The first pillow was rectangular in shape and measured 14 inches x 19.5 inches. This second pillow is an 18 inch square. It's easy to find 18 inch pillow inserts, so this is a good size pillow for those not wanting to make their own insert. (I bought an 18 inch pillow insert at HL this week with a 40% off coupon -- go to their website to print one off -- and it only cost me $4.80.)

If you're interested in making a pillow like this one cut the following size strips for the front of the pillow. (Click on the photo below to have the measurements enlarged.)

When you are finished sewing the strips together, using 1/2 inch seams, your pillow top will look like the one below. I always press the seams to one side, toward the darker fabric, and top stitch the seam to the pillow top.

I then added some muslin flowers -- attaching them to the pillow with fabric glue -- and made an envelope enclosure for the back of the pillow.

Sewing the front of the pillow to the back was the last step -- 1/2 inch seams did the trick.

For the novice sewer a pillow is one of the quickest and easiest projects to tackle, and you have something beautiful when you're finished!

Here are the two pillows side by side -- different, yet similar...

Have a great day!


Linked to:
I Made It Without My Husband @ Shanty 2 Chic
Show & Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Spotlight Yourself @ It's So Very Cheri
The Boardwalk Bragfest @ Bobbypins Boardwalk
Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little Sparrow
Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented

23 comments:

Tina said...

Just gorgeous Suzanne! The perfect pair of cushions! I love how you used the same fabrics but made them different shapes:) Your daughter is very very lucky!! Hope you have a lovely day ~ Tina xx

Judy said...

Just when I think you can't possibly create something more wonderful than all of the other things you do, I'm proven wrong. I LOVE the pillows. I am SO in need of fun pillows. Two new sofas--one can never have too many pillows!

salmagundi said...

Love your creative use of fabric in the pillows. Have a great week! Sally

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my goodness, those are adorable! I looove the fabrics. Thanks for sharing your technique!

Staci J said...

Those turned out sooo cute, i totally want to try it!!! visiting from boardwalk bragfest
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Staci J said...

By the way, I'm your newest follower:)

Donna said...

Hi Suzanne,
I really love your pillows! The muslin flowers are so neat. Wish I was more of a seamstress!

Renee said...

I love the fabrics you used and the rosettes are lovely! I'm also in awe of all of your flowers in the post below. So beautiful!!!

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

I love the pillow! You make it look so easy. :-)

the lovely paper blog said...

wow! so cute--i just wish i could sew!!

Southerner said...

I love your pillow! So unique and cute.

Lynn said...

These pillows are great, they look so good together! I want to try the muslin flowers, I just love that look. Thanks for sharing!

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

I love this, what a great combination of fun fabrics! Perfect for summer. Theresa

Becca's Dirt said...

That is beautiful. I have been wanting to get back into sewing. I would like to try this one. Thanks for the tutorial. Have a good day. Becca

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks for the tutorial Suzanne. Very cute pillows!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

I had been admiring your pillow and was so happy that you linked it to the Boardwalk Bragfest. I love the color combinations you chose. I would not have thought to use those fabrics together, but boy -- do they look fabulous. It's a beautiful pillow!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Another amazing pillow! Wow. I'm dubbing you "Queen of the Amazing Pillows". We should get you a crown or something. . .

Shanty 2 Chic said...

LOVE this!! Too darn cute!!
~Whitney

Prior said...

That pillow is so darling, great color combo, and thanks for the directions.
Lezlee

Jennifer said...

just added this under my to do list!! love it! thanks so much for sharing...

jen@eighteen25

Becca said...

Hi Suzanne! Love this pillow! I'll be featuring it on BCD with links back here on June 28th! Thanks for linking!

Becca

The Harris Family said...

I love your pillows! I love the colors and the flowers. I'll be featuring this on Friday-Hope you don't mind.
-Crystal
crystalscraftspot.blogspot.com

Daisydaze said...

I love the pillows...thanks for the directions. Another project in the making :-)
Annie