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Decorate My Home, Part 21 – Flowered Pillow Cover
July 16, 2010 - By Ashley Johnston 67 Comments
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
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.