I’m so excited about this – look what I made!  My first pillows!

These pillows are double-sided.  Each of them has the floral bird fabric on the “front” and a contrasting fabric on the back.

Are they perfect?  Heavens, no!  But they’re MINE, they’re beautiful, they’re totally flawed, and I LOVE them! :)

So How Did I Do It?

I don’t have a photo tutorial for you because… I was totally winging it.  I know I didn’t do it all “right” – for instance, I couldn’t find a regular needle so that I could hand-stitch the opening after I stuffed it.  So I, being a very impatient person and being unable to leave my project half-finished until I obtained a needle, used my sewing machine.  This resulted in a rather messy stitching, but honestly I don’t think it matters!  I think it gives them character.  And it was very fast, which I totally approve of.  ;-)

But here’s a simple step by step:

1.  I bought this set of half-yard Michael Miller fabric from Sew Materialistic on Etsy.

You could also purchase four fat quarters.

2.  I cut a 16″ x 16″ square of each fabric using a rotary cutter, a ruler, and a fabric cutting mat.  It took me a long time to figure out how big I wanted my pillows to be – in retrospect I would make them bigger for the couch.  Oh well!  I’ll make more.

3.  I read a lot online about pillow corners and how they can turn into floppy “dog ears” that have no stuffing in them.  So I took a cup and traced around each corner, then cut off the pointy corners, resulting in round corners.

4.  I paired the fabric squares together, right sides together (the unpretty sides of the fabric facing out), and sewed almost all the way around the square, leaving a hand-sized gap for stuffing later.

5.  I turned the “almost pillows” inside out and stuffed them with polyfill.

6.  I looked EVERYWHERE for a needle so that I could handsew the gap closed.  To no avail.  So I desperately used the sewing machine – and although it was hard (I had to re-sew a few times to catch missing gaps) it worked!

And ta-da!  Pillows!  Even my toddler adored them.  :)

Do you have a crafty post or tutorial to share?  Leave a link to it in the comments! :)

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Vintage graphic from Free Pretty Things for You and edited by me – thank you!


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