Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mini Pillow Project

This is a great project for a lot of purposes: 1) Your favorite tee has finally gotten a hole in it, but you just can’t bear to part ways (not to mention it’s now super-soft). 2) You have an odd scrap of fabric or unfinished square of quilt (ahem: one you finally realized you’re never going to finish) 3) You're wondering, "What on earth am I going to get for my sister for her birthday?!"

These little pillows are so easy, inexpensive, and versatile (even a guy would love pillow made from an old tee...just don't chop up his fave without telling him). Plus they're a welcome addition to your own décor (unlike many homemade items that end up taking up more space than they are worth).

What you’ll need:
1) Two equal-size pieces of fabric (front and back), any size (or shape)
2) pillow fill
3) thread (for a machine or embroidery thread)
4) trim (optional)

A sewing machine is also optional! My sister made my daughter this adorable pillow with an old favorite tee by whip-stitching it together with a scrap of home décor fabric.

I made this fun-shaped pillow for my sister for Christmas using a piece of one of my favorite fabrics (from Heather Ross’s now very hard to find Far Far Away line). This fabric was expensive and I didn’t want to waste a bit of it, so making a little pillow was a perfect solution. This fabric was quite thin and delicate, a problem I solved by first sewing the front panel to a swatch of white fleece. The next step: sew right-sides of the front and back panels together leaving an opening on the bottom big enough for your hand. Turn it inside out and stuff it silly with fluff. Fold the edges of the open seem closed, following the hem of the rest of the pillow, then stitch it closed. You may have to do this by hand because fitting the now plump pillow under the sewing machine is no longer an option. For this reason, make the open end the bottom so it’s won’t show as often.


Diana Waite said...

wow this is SO adorable!

Mommy Papi and Babies Sauri said...

super cute!

Mommy Sauri~


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