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Decorate My Home, Part 21 – Flowered Pillow Cover

My heart broke while reading of the Sullenger family and the events going on in their life right now.  Their darling little baby girl fell into a canal in Idaho (close to where I just moved from) and was pulled out of the water by a farmer 2 miles away.  The parents, Patrick and Ashley, have shared pictures and their tender feelings of the whole situation on their blog here.  Another blog has been set up to help the Sullenger family here.  
If you have a moment, please stop by.
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I mentioned yesterday, after introducing this fun little Go! Cutter, that I had more projects to show you.
I have a few things saved up, that are non-quilting related………in case quilting is not your thing.
And you all know my love of pillows.
So here’s another one, of course.
A bright white one, with vibrant and full orange flowers on it.
Made by folding and sewing dozens of little circles.
And I decided that it sits really nicely atop that little Tumbler quilt that I made here.
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You can make one of these even without a Go! Cutter……..but it sure saved me a lot of time to use one.
First, I cut a 17.5 x 17.5 inch piece of white cotton material to use for my pillow cover.  I actually cut 4 pieces this same size, so that I could double layer each side of the pillow.
Then, I layed scraps of fabric on top of the circle die cut……….
Placed the mat on top…….
Then rolled it on through……….
 I cut 6 circles for each flower and placed each pile of 6 circles, where I thought I’d like them, on one of the white square pieces.
Then I removed all but one circle from each of the piles, and pinned that one circle down…….to hold its spot.
Then I began making each flower by folding one circle in half……..
Then folding it over a little more than a third………..
Then flipped it over and folded the last almost-third over, centering it over the section below it.  I didn’t fold it in even thirds because I wanted the bottom section to be bigger than the top, to give more fullness to the flower later on.
 Then I removed the circle from the pillow, and replaced it with one of the folded circles………
…..and made 5 more folded pieces to complete a circle.  Pin all 6 pieces in place.
I did the same thing with each sized circle.
Then I placed each circle under my sewing machine needle…….and slid each pin outwards, away from the center. (I’m using an embroidery foot, but a regular foot will work too.)
Then, I sewed a small circle in the center, making sure to grab a piece of each of the 6 points.
Then, I sewed around and around, making a spiral look in the center of each flower……and tacking it down nice and secure at the same time.  And don’t worry about precision.  I like the uneven-ness of the center.
Repeat with all the flowers.
Then place this square piece on top of another of your white square pieces…..making it a double layer.
Then, I placed the other 2 white layers on top….which will be the back of the pillow cover.
I pinned all sides and corners in place…
Then I sewed around the edges, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance……except for leaving about an 8 inch opening on one side, to turn the pillow cover right side out.  Then I clipped the corners, zig-zagged around all the sides, and trimmed off the excess.
Here’s the opening.
Next, I turned the cover right side out, poked out the corners, and ironed it flat.
I also folded over the opening a 1/2 inch and ironed that flat too.
Want to know a secret about where I find my pillow inserts?  I usually find them at Ross…….and are home decor pillows.  They are cheaper than the craft store pillow inserts usually, and often times are filled a lot fuller.  They are, however, not usually white.  So I have to cover them with two layers……or cover them with fabric that’s dark enough to disguise them.  It’s worth it at this $3.99 price though.
Then I shoved this pillow inside and hand-stitched the opening closed.  (Need help with hand-stitching?  Check out this post here.)
And that was it.
And yes, the flowers all have raw edges.  And may fray a little.
But I actually like the shabby look of raw edges.  And I hope the flowers do rough up a bit.
The look of these flowers sure make me happy.

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Jenny Michna says:

    I love using your tutorials! They make learning to sew on my own so much easier, as well as giving me so many ways to show creativity with my home and family. I used this flower as an accent on a dress I made for my 2 1/2 year old daughter. Thank you!

  2. maricela says:

    Hi. Nice 3d flowers. Congratulations. Might you tell me where buying a GO CUTTER MACHINE, please? I am from Venezuela. Thank you.

  3. @pril says:

    This pillow is really cute. Thanks for sharing. I featured it on my blog:

    Feel free to grab my Featured Button if you like.

  4. Angela Timms says:

    THIS AND EVERYTHING on your blog is just to cute!
    Toodles! -Angela

  5. joshua_lacombe says:

    I recently stummbled upon 2 flat sheets and a matching pillow case… I made a duvet cover out of the sheets and just was not happy with the boring pillow case… I guess I know now what to do to spruce that up a bit! Thank you! and my daughter will thank you!

  6. Amber says:

    I just wanted to let you know I just linked up to this post on my blog. What a great idea!


  7. nsmerkt says:

    This is gorgeous! I am going to make this for my little girls' room. She wanted pink and orange…perfect! Thanks for the inspiration and another great tutorial.

  8. monica. says:

    I Love the flowers! They would be cute on so many other things too!

  9. Jenifer says:

    I love it! I really love the orange flowers. There's just something about orange. . .
    Thanks for the "how-to"
    Cantalope Corner

  10. The Zookeeper says:

    AWESOME!!! Man, if I had one of those, I might actually have time to cut and sew just about anything for my twelve kids!!!

    You never cease to amaze me with your creativity…. WOW!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I would love this new tool to make beautiful applique quilts. I've been wanting to learn applique and have been hesitate because it would take long to cut out the designs. This tool would be perfect.

  12. Kimberly says:

    Love it! That cutter is so dang cool!

    The Sullenger family story is so sad, I've been watching it on the news and my heart just breaks for them.

  13. the momma (aka Shannon) says:

    I love this pillow! The flowers look adorable! And the stitching is a perfect touch! Very, very cute!

  14. The Noalls says:

    It's going to break my heart if I don't ever have a little girl to make all these adorable projects for!

  15. curlyQdesign says:

    I love the cheerfulness of these pillows! They just make me smile! I recently purchased a BabyLock sewing machine that {apparently} does free motion quilting… I haven't figured it out yet, but this might be a good project to try! I love the colors you choose, too!

  16. Rupper Family says:

    So cute! Just wondering, is that a quilting foot on your machine or a machine just for quilting? I usually just handstitch my quilts but I'd love it if I could just get an attachment and use the machine!


  17. Snapshotsofhappiness says:

    Love love love the colors! We are in the process of making our one year old girl a room of her own and your blog is so inspiring my creativity! Thank you for all your wonderful tip, tutorials, and ideas!

  18. Sofia says:

    Gorgeous!! thanks for sharing!!!

  19. ChYmEc!nDy** says:

    So lovely! Thanks for sharing how to make it.

  20. Sara says:

    I am expecting my fourth baby and would love to make a beautiful bedding set to corrdinate with my daughters room. This seems so simple and easy to use. I would love to try some new quilting projects.

  21. Sassy Sites! says:

    I love it!! I featured it over at Sassy Sites! Come by and check it out and grab a button! ;)

  22. Midnight Rambler says:

    love the pillow and the quilt too!! I seriously need to get me a free motion foot for my sewing machine… soon!

  23. Katie says:

    Oooh, those colors are amazing! My classroom could use a few of those!

  24. Lilybird says:

    great job, I love this its soo cute.

  25. Crafty Auntie Creates says:

    I love your pillow! The flowers are fantastic! What a great use for the circle cutter. I imagine that it will find many uses!

  26. Darin and Carolyn says:

    Ashley-thank you so much for making the post about the Sullengers! It breaks my heart to know what they are going through right now, and I appreciate all the support and love many people have shown them because of your post! Ashley is such an amazing woman, she always has been! I knew her in high school, she is such an inspiration! So thank you again!

  27. jenheadjen says:

    Wow! What a beautiful project! And thank you for sharing about the Sullengers. I hugged my sweet thangs a little tighter tonight. What an amazing example they are. Thanks again for sharing their site with me – and this project!

  28. Karen says:

    The pillow is so bright and pretty. I have never seen the circle cutter. I would love to have one —- I plan on making a yo-yo quilt. That would be a time-saver.

  29. Rachel says:

    What a fun pillow! :D I must say, that I just found your blog today and I am head over heals in love with ti! :D I must have printed just about every tutorial you've done on here…went all the way through to your first posts! ;) I have quite a few projects ahead of me to do! :D Yeah!

    You have such a fun and modern style that is also very homey. :) Love it! Thank you for sharing your talents with us! :D

    God Bless!
    ~Miss Rachel~

  30. iloveink says:

    I Would love to have this. I love how you can cut the shapes. I have spent hours cutting circles and this would be amazing to have.

  31. kersten says:

    Ooo, Love!

  32. fruitfulwords says:

    Love the pillow. Thanks for the directions. Even without the cutter, I think I can make this.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas – which your blog is FULL of. Oh my, I could get lost here for days. Now I need to stop reading and get to crafting.

  33. Mrs. Hahn says:

    Clever! I like the 3-D effect of this. I could see it used with many different textures. Very cool, as always, thanks for sharing!

  34. kara lynn says:

    those flowers are amazing really

    how DO you think of all these amazing projects you do?

  35. bethanndodd says:

    LOVE the pillow! That Go! Cutter is looking more and more fun ;o). Can't wait to see what you do with it next.

    I will keep the Sullenger family in my prayers…

  36. Susan says:

    I'm thinking this would be CuTe in black and white…hmmm…Another project added to the ever-increasing list!

  37. b.riquelme says:

    I love your quilts–they turned out so perfect and beautiful! And I still can't believe you machine quilted that on your new machine. Wow! Great ideas for pillows–I am going to need to make some for Pablo and I's new sofa soon so these are fun ideas!

  38. Fey's Corner says:

    I love love love the flowers on the pillow!! Thanks for sharing it. I'm thinking of making some right now for my living room. Hopefully I would win the Go! Cutter, otherwise I'd spend a lot of time cutting the circles.

  39. Fallan says:

    I saw this on Ucreate. I just LOVE this….and I absolutely love the colors! So bright and fun! I will def. be following your blog =)

  40. Bethany @ The Paper Pony says:

    What gorgeous orange flowers! Great technique! So cute!

  41. Carolina Pett says:

    I LOVED the Pillow!!! That is so pretty!!! I hope I can win the go cutter!! So I will be making that pillow for sure. My house need some color for sure :D I love colors!

  42. McHugh Family says:

    I am leaving you my email address, because I don't know yours. If I paid you would you make me this whole pillow and blanket set??!!

  43. Kari says:

    I missed the first part of this post when I first read it. It absolutely breaks my heart. Loving thoughts to everyone affected by this tragedy. Life is precious and it's a great reminder to make the most of every day.

  44. Laura B. says:

    So super cute! Love it!

  45. SewCalGal says:

    Very cute. I love it. Just love it.


  46. Angie says:

    I love the quilt, but that is the most adorable pillow! My daughter's bed just might need one! :) Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and tutorials!

  47. Kari says:

    LOVE it! I'm going to try it with the Olfa circle cutter I just bought.

  48. Jessabells says:

    wow, I want that cutter. Very cool. Love the pillow.

    So sorry to hear about that family. How awful. I will keep them in my prayers.

  49. Little Lizard King says:

    Very cute!!! It's funny, as I posted something very similar today. I love the idea of using htis on a pillow.

  50. meredith franklin says:

    sweet gonna try this one next! love all of your ideas!

  51. Rachel McKendrick says:

    Love this!!! Thanks for the awesome blog! ps. I have found fiber fill for way cheap at thrift stores.

  52. inday_adin says:

    I love your pillow! It is so cute, fun and colorful. So cute! Ross sure is a good store to shop at. Thanks for sharing!

  53. Emily says:

    Looked up that info on that family. So sad! I saw they were near Ririe/Rigby? Were you guys at the Y-I? My sis and bro-in-law just graduated and moved to Iowa for dental school this week.

  54. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    Ashley! Those flowers are AMAZING and so are you!!

  55. Skylar says:

    Thank you for sharing about Preslee Sullenger… in reading her story, it made me so sad but so greatful that families can be together forever. that song keeps playing over and over again in my mind. Also that young mommy's faith is so strong and she inspires me to be a better person. my prayers are with them as they grieve and i hope they can find comfort, that through the Heavenly Father's Plan, they will see their baby girl again!

  56. Bethany says:

    That is so cute! I love it! Now I'm thinking of friends I can make these for… :-)

  57. Lipstick Momma says:

    THANK YOU for posting this! This is just gorgeous! Now I know what to do with a pile of scraps I have! Yippee!

  58. D-lyn says:

    Super duper Cute!
    I really need a Go Cutter now!

    I love all the colors you chose too!

    thank you for your fun blog!

  59. kati says:

    I know you have no idea who I am but can I just say I LOVE YOU… please take this in a none creepy… I have been looking for a flower tutorial for this type of flower for months… and it just makes me add to my if I win the lottery I will get that go cutter… HOW COOL!

  60. Alisa says:

    love these….A LOT!!! I added them to my tumblr: {} Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  61. The Autocrat: Haley says:

    Oh love it! I NEED one of those machines that cut out the fabric!! LOL I entered the giveaway!

  62. 2littlehooligans says:

    WOW! I love those colors, that is the cutest pillow!

  63. The Full Nelson says:

    Beautiful! I would love to do something like that for my little girl's bed…since I am not talented at all in that department I don't think it will be happening anytime soon!

  64. greetingarts says:

    You're doing *amazing* things with this, I really really really want to win one!

  65. Gretchen Willmore says:

    Thanks so much for making a note about the Sullenger family. I grew up with Ashlee but lost contact with her and this is the first I've heard about their tragedy. I will keep them in my prayers.

  66. Skylar says:

    wow wow WOW! so stinking cute!!!! i love your blog, did i mention that? Heavenly Father blessed you with so much creativity is just not fair! well i guess it is, since you share with the rest of us! my hubby and I just bought a house and I am SO excited to sift through all your posts to find decorating stuff like this! thanks again!!!

  67. laundryontheline says:

    This is such a pretty pillow – I love those bright orange flowers on the white background! I'd love to try this but I think I might need the Go! Cutter to make it happen….that's a lot of circles to cut out!

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