Jul
9

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I’m so excited to be swapping with Shelley from House of Smiths! I LOVE all her stuff! I’m sharing a fun project I just finished….so go check it out here!

Hey everyone!
I’m Shelley from
House of Smiths!
 …and
I’m totally thrilled to be here over on Jamielyn’s cute blog, to share a quick, easy pillow tutorial :)
Here we go!
First of all, I have to say, that I get all my cute fabric from Kimberly over at Poppy Seed Fabrics.
LOVE her stuff :)  She is a MUST see, etsy site for me. lol.
So this is where my fat quarters all came from. 10 for $20.  Can’t beat THAT! :)
I knew I wanted to do some kind of embelishment on my fat quarter pillow, so that’s where I started.
Here’s what you need:
6 strips of white fabric (thickness depends on how large/full you want your flower)
A fat quarter of your choice
Poly-Fil
Sewing Machine
First I took 2 pieces of the white strips, and sewed them together… Leaving one side open.
Like so. (the other end isn’t sewed shut)
Then I flipped the whole piece inside out.
So it ended up looking like this!
Then I ran the entire strip through my sewing machine.  Pushing and pleating up the material as I fed the strip through.
It will turn out like this!
(oh the possibilities, at this point!  You could just leave your ruffle like this, and do some cute ruffle embelishements on the pillow if you want!)
Then I took the strip and started rolling it around itself…
I pinched the bottom, so that I could hold the flower together, and also to make it less full at the bottom and more full at the top.
Till it looked like this!
SEW easy! :)
With my largest flower, I didn’t even bother sewing the ends of one side.  I just folded a large piece of white fabric over, and sewed through the middle… since nobody sees the bottom anyway.
After you have your flower wrapped just how you want it… take a needle and thread and run it through the layers a couple times, to cinch it together, to keep it from falling apart.
I did three flowers, in three different sizes for my pillow.
After you’re done they will look like this!
Next I took my fat quarter, just folded it in half, and then sewed all three sides.
Leaving one end open.
Then, I placed my flowers where I wanted them on the pillow… and again, took a needle and thread, and attached the flowers to the pillow, with a couple of stitches.
Lastly, I took the poly-fil and stuffed the pillow form, till it was nice and full!
Stitch up the open end… and…
TA-DA!  You’re done!
A super cute pillow for only a few bucks! :)
I put mine in my entryway, on a little black bench we have.
I think this size is great for a bed, or a small sitting chair as well!
I didn’t just stop there with my fat quarters though…
I also turned an ugly thrift store frame into some fun table decor!
Thanks so much for letting me drop in, Jamielyn!  I’m totally thrilled to be part of your cute blog! :)
Happy Friday 
Everyone!
Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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8 Responses to “Fat Quarter Pillow Tutorial w/ HoS”

  1. Jax @ AlyandAsh

    These flowers are to die for! I'm so excited to make some once i get my sewing machine next month! Thanks so much for sharing!! Headed over to House of Smiths now to see what other great projects you have up your sleeve!

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  2. Dorese @ Dorese's Pieces

    I love a little swappy-swap! What an adorable fast-and-cheap pick me up for your house! Thanks so much for sharing – I think I'm moving some of those flowers to the top of my to-do list!

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  3. ellie g

    Yep. That's to die for. I always think to make the flowers with patterns. The white is so stinkin' classy I almost don't feel worthy. Whew. I'm gonna dream about them tonight! Love both these awesome blogs!

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  4. Ann @ makethebestofthings

    Wonderfully done and beautiful! Love the flowers with the fabric and it all looks great. Lovely.

    Reply