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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