Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bunting Pillow . . .

I'm on a pillow kick. That probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone. It seems that every fall and spring I get in the mood to redecorate with pillows. It is an inexpensive way to change up a room, and I love to experiment with new designs. Yesterday I added another pillow to the list. This one will compliment the 3-button pillow and the 9-button pillow that I already made for my daughter. 

Because I loved the bunting cosmetic bag I made earlier this summer, I decided to try my hand at a new pillow design that features bunting. I started with three fabrics -- some muslin and two upholstery fabrics (on sale this week at Hancock's for 54% off). To make this 18 inch square pillow, you will need the following materials:

  • One piece of muslin 10 inches x 19 inches
  • One piece of upholstery fabric 2.5 inches x 19 inches
  • Another piece of upholstery fabric 9.5 inches x 19 inches
  • One piece of fusible fleece 10 inches x 19 inches (fuse to the back of the muslin)
  • black thread
  • bunting triangles from a variety of scrap fabrics
1/2 inch seams allowances

After ironing the fusible fleece to the muslin, the bunting can be applied to the fabric. Sew a line across the top of one of the pieces of muslin -- swooping it from the left side of the fabric to the top (see below). This line will work as a guide for your placement of bunting pieces.

Then attach your bunting triangles by putting the tops of the triangles along the line already sewn and sewing across the top of each piece.

Next sew across the top of the pieces a couple more times and along the sides of the pieces a couple of times. Don't worry about being precise while sewing these lines. I purposely made the lines a little catawampus, which {I hope} adds some character to the piece.

Time to add more bunting by creating another swooping sewing line starting at the top of the fabric and sweeping across the fabric to the right. Just like before, go ahead and add your triangular bunting pieces using the sewn line as a guide for placement. Again sew around each triangle and across the top a couple of times!

Then attach the 2.5 inch piece of upholstery fabric (lime green) to the muslin and the 9.5 inch piece (turquoise) using 1/2 inch seams. Top-stitch the seams toward the 2.5 inch strip of fabric. All that's left is attaching a back piece of fabric (19 inches x 19 inches) to the front, filling the pillow with stuffing, and slip-stitching the hole shut.


The first time I create a pattern and sew an item is always a trial run -- sometimes it works out well and other times not so much. Next time I'll give the buntings a little more of curved swag {if that makes sense}, but overall I'm pretty happy with the results!

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Shannon said...

so cute!!

Tanya said...

I admit I have not been a huge fan of bunting as of late but I love what you are doing with it. I love your little make-up bag and this pillow is fabulous. I really like how the muslin looks behind it.

Connie said...

Very cute pillow and I love that you included the tutorial on how to make it. Thanks.

Jillian said...

I love bunting! I can't get enough of it! This pillow is amazingly cute!

Amy @ TheMombot.com said...

Holy moly that's cute!! I might just have to make one myself! :)

Lisalulu said...

so so so cute, and thank you for sharing the way to make it too!

Mia said...

I love how that one turned out! The bunting is so cute.

Donna Heber said...

Your pillow looks wonderful Suzanne!

Karena said...

Love this idea! I would love for you to share it on my link party this Friday at cookienut.blogspot.com

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

I love this! I am going to learn to sew if it kills me! Saw you at Sassy sites party!

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

I LOVE the catawampus stitching - perfect and yet still handmade looking. So cute!

Krista said...

Love it! So cute. you're freaking adorable.

Unknown said...

I love your color scheme and the muslin behind it is great! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $15!

Unknown said...

This is awesome! I love bunting - so much, in fact, that it's the header on my blog :) Really cute!

Elle and Lou said...

This is beautiful- i DO love bunting and it looks great here. Lynda

Tausha said...

So very cute! I wish that I could sew! Oh wait, my sister just learned. Maybe I could bribe her..Great tutorial!

Have a happy weekend!


Kimberly said...

This is SO cute! I might give it a try - even with my beginner sewing skills!

Amber *SaltTree Creative* said...

Adooorable! Two things I love.... pillows... and bunting! Thanks for sharing! shared on my own blog...


Melissa said...

Love this pillow! I'm pinning it on pinterest!


Great blog and darling ideas!