Showing posts with label pillow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pillow. Show all posts

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bunny Love Pillow

I guess there is no stopping the bunny projects!  Meet my newest bunny creation - Bunny Love pillow! This is a fast and easy project that will add a Folk Art Easter feel to your home.

Backing fabric, 3/4 yard
Scraps of fabric for appliqué - I used Anna Griffin's Grace line
Pom Pom trim
22" zipper
Pillow form or fiber fill
Heat n Bond lite

Begin by cutting the pillow front 20" x 12"
Iron the Heat n Bond lite to the back of your appliqué fabric.  I used the Sizzix bunny die for the bunnies.  The folk art tulip pattern can be downloaded here.

Once you have cut out your appliqué pieces, center them on the pillow front.  Iron to set in place and stitch around each piece twice with black thread.

Cut the pom poms the width of the pillow and baste them into place.

For the pillow back…..
There are a few options to finish the pillow:
1.  You can cut the back piece the same size as the front, sew it, turn it, stuff with fiber fill and hand stitch the opening closed.
2.  I used a pillow form and put an invisible zipper in the bottom portion of the back.  I cut 2 pieces for the back:  20" x 2" and 20" x 2.  Set the invisible zipper joining the two pieces.  For invisible zipper tutorial, click HERE.  

Pin the back to the front with right sides together, making sure zipper is open.  My back was a touch larger then the front, so I just trimmed off the excess.  Make sure to tuck those pom pons in so they don't get caught in the seam.

Sew all the way around the pillow using 1/2" seam.  Turn and insert pillow form.

OK, now this is my favorite thing in my house :)


Thursday, March 6, 2014

LUCKY St. Patrick's Day Pillow Tutorial

I can't believe it's almost St. Patrick's Day!  Of course a St. Patrick's Day pillow is in order.  I hope you get a chance to make one - you will be so LUCKY!!!

19" pillow 
Assortment of green fabrics
1/8 yard white fabric
Scrap of Gray fabric for letters
3/4 yard backing fabric
zipper - 20" or longer
Heat n Bond EZ Print appliqué sheets
Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece

Dig out all your green fabrics and toss it into a pile!!

Cut into 2.5" strips - it doesn't matter how long they are, just get a nice assortment.

Cut the strips into random lengths - using your scissors, gasp!!  You can use a rotary cutter - I am all about speed when I sew and the scissors seemed faster!

Put all the pieces in a basket.  Pull out 2 pieces and sew them together (1/4" seams) end to end, continue doing this by grabbing 2 pieces at a time.  I dare you to not even look at the fabrics and just be totally random!!!

Here is the chain piecing.  Once you have a fair amount of pairs sewn, pair up the pairs, then pair up those strips.  The goal is to have 7 strips that are 19" long.

I went pretty random and did not pay attention to the pattern - I like how it's scrappy.

Once you have laid out the strips, sew them together using 1/4 inch seams.  There are 5 strips on the bottom and 2 strips on the top.  Don't worry about the fact they don't line up.  Sew them together, then square them up to 19" long.

Cut a piece of white fabric 5" x 19".  This is for the appliqué.  Sew all pieces together like this:

Prepare the appliqué by downloading the pattern HERE.  I used these EZ print sheets from Therm o Web.  You put them in your printer and then you don't have to draw the pattern by hand!  They are great!  Make sure to print it in reverse.

Once the pattern is printed, cut around the words and shamrock.  Iron to the WRONG side of your fabric.   I choose to use a gray dot for the letters.  Then cut out the letters and shamrock.  The letters are a little bit tedious, I was almost tempted to try the Cricut, but me and the Cricut don't get along very well!

Sew using a straight stitch in black thread twice around the letters and the shamrock.

Cut a piece of fusible fleece 19" square and iron it to the wrong side of the lucky pillow top.

Sew straight lines 1/8" from each seam.

Prepare the pillow back….
From your backing fabric cut (1) 4.5" x 19" and (1)16" x 19"
Cut a 4.5"x 19" strip from a green fabric
Lay the pieces out like this with the zipper.  Press the green piece in half lengthwise.

Turn the zipper over, align with the top of the large back piece and sew using a zipper foot along the edge:

Sew the opposite side of the zipper adding the green strip, layer like this:

My backing fabric was a heavy woven fabric, I choose to zigzag my seams because they were already starting to fray.  Press the seams away from the zipper.  Put the zipper pull in the center of the pillow and cut the excess zipper off both edges.

Place the pillow front on the pillow back with right sides together.  Pin all the way around.  Make sure the zipper is open so you can turn it after it's sewn.  Sew all the way around the pillow using a generous 1/4" seam.
Notice there is about an inch of extra backing hanging out - don't freak out!!!!  I added a little extra in the measurement to account for variances in zippers.  Just cut it to size, making sure you line up the tops.  Turn and place the pillow inside!!!  Aren't you LUCKY!!!!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Lost & Found Pillow Tutorial

 Today my tutorial for these fun pillows is over at Riley Blake Designs.  I am so in love with this fabric!  It is the same line of fabric I used in my placemats, only it's decor weight!  I love the chunky metal zipper accent.
 This is the back of the pillows:

They are the perfect addition to my living room chairs!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Family Love Pillow

Today I am a contributor over at Ginger Snap Crafts!  I love Ginger & her fun blog - she has so many great projects and ideas!  I came up with this fun idea for a Valentine Pillow.  The heart on the front of the pillow has a zipper in it and inside the heart are 5 smaller hearts.

There is one heart for each member of our family.  Everyone has their name on the back of the heart.  Every day from February 1st to the 14th we will choose a heart and write a positive quality or character trait on that person's heart.  On Valentine's Day, everyone will receive their own heart.   I am  hoping it will help us have extra love in our family!

The pillow is actually made from a drop cloth, this is the pillow back:

Check out Ginger's blog for the full pillow tutorial!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Hip Holiday Retro Christmas Pillow

 I am so totally in love with this Hip Holiday line from Blend Fabric!  My favorite print is the retro cars with the christmas trees!  I had to make a throw pillow - surprising?  The tutorial is over on the Therm O Web Blog - check it out!

This pillow is featuring my new favorite way to finish a pillow - a zipper flap on the back!

Should I be concerned that I have a matching pink, white, green and aqua Christmas tree in my family room?

 So totally in love!