Friday, July 29, 2011

Pillow for Seester.

My little sister is in the process of re-doing her room. I wanted to make her something "cutesy" (that's her new favorite word). I attempted a rose pillow. I thought it would be pretty simple, but it turned out to be a huge, crying ordeal for me. Next time, I think I'll use a zipper to close off the back because it's so hard to try and sew up the back with all those petals in the way!
Step 1: Cut out two circles from felt (about the size you want the pillow to be). Cut about a two inch strip the same length as the circumfrence of the circle. Set one circle aside.
Step 2:  Cut as many semi-circles as you'd like. The more you cut, the fuller your rose will be.
Step 3: Arrange semi-circles on outer edge of the big circle you cut out in the beginning.
Step 4: Sew in a circular pattern, securing the petals to the felt circle.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 & 4 as you work your way to the middle.
Step 6: Once you get to the middle, attempt hand-sewing a cluster for the center petals. Cheat by using hot-glue because you get so frustrated.
Step 7: Sew the long strip to the petal circle and then to the back circle leaving a good 5-8 inches to turn the pillow right-side out.
Step 8: Fill the pillow with stuffing.
Step 9: Use whatever method you can to close off the pillow.

I have to admit. . . during the process of making this pillow, I felt like a huge crafting failure because nothing seemed to be going right. However, Lindsey sure loves it with her new bedding. And the look on her face when she saw it pretty much makes up for all the heartache and frustration. :)

Love you, seester.


Mikella said...

This is really cute! I'm stealing the idea...

Sara said...

LOVE that pillow! And your scrapbook pages are super cute too. You put Martha Stewart to shame, my dear.

Stefanie Orton said...

I love the instructions you gave. I always hate when projects go nothing like I planned. It did turn out really beautiful though. So cutesy! :)