Monday, June 07, 2010

Pillow Tutorial & Pattern...

Damask, swirls and polka-dots -- that's a lot going on at once, but I think in this case it works. Oh, and let's not forget the flowers!

This next week I am going to help a cute friend of mine learn some basic sewing techniques. She has a machine, but she's never mastered its use so we are going to see if we can remedy that! I wanted to come up with a pillow pattern that would teach a few techniques without being overwhelming. I've filled my house with pillows lately, so I made this pillow with my daughter's living room in mind. She has chocolate brown, turquoise, lime green and a splash of orange in her living room. The colors are vibrant and sassy and so very cute. So, I decided to make her a couple of pillows for use in that room. Here's the first pillow I came up with...

I bought the fabrics I used for this pillow at Hobby Lobby -- the colorful canvas fabrics and the dreamy, organic muslin. HL has recently purchased some canvas fabrics that are both contemporary and beautiful! I love the crazy selection I chose for this pillow. For those of you interested in the pattern for this pillow, I will be happy to provide it below. Below are the measurements for each unfinished strip of fabric. Just click on the photo to enlarge it if you can't see the measurements clearly.

When you have the strips sewn together -- using 1/2 inch seams -- your pillow top will look like the one in the photo below and the completed measurements of your pillow top will be 15 inches x 20.5 inches...

I made my flowers a little different this time. I used this tutorial at Shanty 2 Chic, and built my muslin flowers on a piece of felt. For my flowers I cut a strip 1.5 x 44 inches and folded it in half. Then, as per instructions in the tutorial, I built the flowers on the felt and used hot glue as I went. When the flowers were complete I attached them to the top of the pillow with fabric glue. Making the flowers this way wasn't particularly easier than when I had previously made them, but I think they are made more "durable" by attaching them to another piece of fabric.

I made an envelope style closure on the back of the pillow and again used a 1/2 inch seam to sew the front of the pillow to the back.

Then I put a pillow insert into this pillow cover. This pillow is more generous than most (I'm not a proponent of skimpy pillows), so I made my own pillow insert. The finished measurements of this pillow are 14 inches by 19.5 inches.

To make an insert just sew another pillow the same size as the one above (use inexpensive lining fabric), stuff it with a package of stuffing ($2.98 at Hobby Lobby), and slip stitch the hole shut. Then put this insert into your pillow cover, like I did below...

I love the unconventional symmetry of this pillow. The orange swirl fabric is situated in the center of the pillow, with one panel of polka-dot fabric on one side and two strips of damask and muslin on the other side.

Enjoy!


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22 comments:

Fern Valley Farm said...

Thanks for this great tutorial, Suzanne. It's very inspiring, as usual.
Have a great week,
~Elissa

Cláudia Murakami said...

Hi, Suzanne!! I just adore your pillow!! The colors and the flowers are lovely!! Thank you for the tutorial. Bela.

Lisa said...

Those colors and patterns SO work! I'm in love with that pillow.
Lisa

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Beautttttiful.

Hot glue gun for flowers, I'm in!!!

Jen

Chris said...

This is a lovely pillow variation on your ruffles and rosette theme.

Nestled in Rosenberg said...

Suzanne,
Thanks for stopping by my blog this week! It's given me a chance to see yours and I really like your blog! You are so creative!! I'll be stopping in more often...

T.bird

Kaysi said...

Wow what a fun pillow!! I love all the fabrics and the flowers!

Julie Harward said...

These are so pretty...you are one talented gal! And I love what happened with the little owl pillow, I knew everyone would love it! Come say hi :D

Tina said...

Suzanne, your pillows are always so gorgeous!! I love it:) Thanks for always giving us fabulous tutorials, you are such a sweetheart for sharing. Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week ~ Tina xx

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

Serious cuteness going on here! I love every patterned inch of it! :)

Have a super week!
Erin :)
craftsandsutch.blogspot.com

Ginger said...

Super cute! Love the colors, love the flowers, and love the style! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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Cheryl said...

The different prints & strip sizes really work and have a stylish feel. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Very creative!

Katie said...

That is really cute! I never would have picked out all those fabrics, but it looks great!

The Gough Inn said...

That pillow design fits me so well -- thanks SO much for sharing your idea. I am gathering ideas for my back yard inclosed porch this pillow design I can see sitting nicely in the chairs and the same design for the curtains hanging from the screen-in windows -- so prefect-- I hoping I can find the fabric ..

Tara said...

I LOVE this pillow - thanks for sharing! I moved in March and have a fantastic bay window seat that is begging for tons of pillows. I'm collecting ideas, and I'm pretty sure this one will end up front and center!

Ginnie@allie~millie designs said...

That's such a great idea to MAKE a pillow form! AND much cheaper! Thanks for the tutorial! I love your blog!

Cora Anne Designs said...

LOVE this pillow!! The colors and everything are amazing!

Holly said...

Okay, I love this pillow! Never in a thousand years would I have decided to put those fabrics together, but it's fabulous! Look what I miss by not being adventurous.
Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Amy said...

I'm visiting from the CSI project and started with the first pillow that caught my eye. I should have known it was yours, Suzanne. It's classy and beautiful. Just like everything you do! Thanks for sharing your talent and inspriation with the rest of us.
xoxo,
Amy

CJ said...

Suzanne, your patterns are delightful. I printed one of your Kindle patterns and can hardly wait to get my fabric out. Thanks again for your wonderful work.

CJ said...

Suzanne, Thanks for a great site and your kindness for sharing
your great work. CJ