Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Decorative Pillow

A couple months back I saw a super cute pillow with a big flower on it, I have no clue where though. I looked at it and really liked it, but thought, I could never do that. Now that I have a little more confidence in my sewing, I thought that I would try one out and here is how it turned out.
This is how I made it:

For the flower:
1) I used three 4" x45" inch strips of brown fabric

2) I then ironed the strip in half

3) Next I measured 2" and then folded the fabric over by about 1/4" to 1/2" and iron it to make a nice crease

4) I continued doing that all along the strip, measuring 2" between each fold

5) When I finished, I sewed the bottom of the strip to make sure the folds didn't come apart

6) I repeated steps 2-5 for the two more strips. I did 1 1/2" between folds on one and on the other I did 1" between folds. I then sewed all of them to make one long strip going from biggest to smallest.

7) I then centered the flower on the fabric. My pillow ended up being 18"x18". I then pinned the strip into a circle. I made sure that the rest of the fabric would cover the inner circle before I sewed it. Then I sewed the first layer of the circle

8) I then pinned and sewed the next layer of the circle

9) I continued around the circle, sewing and pinning separately

This is what it looked like when I got to the center of the circle

10) I wanted a little something in the middle (to cover up my bad sewing :D), so I made a rosette out of ribbon and used a glue gun to glue it on

11) I then turned the fabric inside out and sewed up the sides, to make the pillow. Good thing no one will see the inside :)

12) I stuffed the fabric and just like that I have a cute pillow!!

Isn't it much better than the one that I had before??



Jaime @ Our Journey said...

Very cute!

MommaHen said...

Too cute! I always wondered how the giant flowers were made...I'm keeping this one in mind! (p.s. I would love for you to join in on my giveaway!)

WobiSobi said...

So cute, I love the big ruffly Flower, Nice job!!

Sandy said...

I love this! I am totally bookmarking it so I can make one. I am so into pillows right now, I really can't stop making them. I just did a really cute felt flower pillow if you want to check it out on my blog at sandysewz.blogspot.com.

whimsy*couture*sewing*tutorials said...


Alison said...

Absolutely darling, Kaysi!

Jackie B said...

Check out "Big Buddha" -- I think that is how the spell it -- bags on the internet. They are all the rage out my way (Chicago area) and they all have these enormous flowers on them. Check out the picture of the "Mia" bag. Maybe that is where you saw it???

greensbeansandoutdoorliving said...

Very very cute. I might steal that idea.
- Isabell

jpaigeart.com said...

Super cute!! Great job.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That looks fabulous! Those pleats look like it took forever! haha I would love to tackle one of these pillows but I am nervous sewing the flower. Maybe I'll try it someday.
Thanks for linking up! :)

Mandy Coffey said...

thanks for linking up at Fine Finds Friday! I printed this one off- i definitely want to try it. I saw one like this at Target that would have been perfect for my newlywed sister's home but i think making one will be so much more fun!

Mary said...

Your pillow turned out darling! Thank you for linking your tutorial to Masterpiece Monday! Have a nice week, Mary :O)

The Treasurista said...

Hop on over to the Party! Would love for you to link-up @


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