Tuesday, April 20, 2010

sunshine pillow tutorial

This tutorial is for a 15" square pillow. I used 100% cotton for the pillow and a jersey knit for the circles.
{Click the pictures to see them bigger}

1- Cut one 15"x15" piece of fabric and two 11"x15" pieces of fabric.
2- On the shorter (11") side of one of the 11"x15" pieces fold and press the edge under 1/4".
3-Then turn and press and additional 1".
4- Ready to sew.
5- Sew close to the folded edge.
6- Repeat for the other 11"x15" piece. Set aside.

7- Trace your circles directly on to the fabric. I used a can of spray adhesive.
8- Cut all your circles out. Mine are 3". I have approximately 45 circles on my pillow which took about a 1/2 yard of jersey.
9- Using masking tape, secure your 15"x15" piece to a cutting mat (or an un-carpeted floor if you don't have a cutting mat). The tape should cover about a 1/2" of the edge of your fabric, this is your seam allowance.

10- Pin the circles to the fabric. Place the pin where the seam will be, in the center of the circle. Make the circles random and tucked under each other, just make sure you will be able to sew the circles down without sewing on top of another circle. Don't pin or sew the circles past the tape line (the edges of the circles are okay to overlap the taped edge).
11- Sew the circles. This is the most time consuming part. Take your time and fold the circles out of the way as you go.
12- All the circles are sewn.

13- Fold and pin the outer circles so they won't accidentally get sewn over, remove tape.
14- Pin one 11"x15" piece over the circles (right sides facing).
15- Pin the other 11"x15" piece (again, right side down).
16- Sew all the way around with a 1/2" inseam. I used my serger but a regular straight stitch will work too.

Turn your pillow right side out and put in pillow insert. Admire your handiwork!
If you make one I'd love to see it! Send me pics!


Michael said...

Good job love. Looks great!

kathy said...

What a sunshiney happy pillow!

Amy said...

That's gorgeous, yellow is such a smiley springy colour!!

Kalleen at Second Street said...

I love it. It does have the same effect as the sun. I might have some jersey left from another project, if I do I want to make this.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

What a fun pillow! I love the effect the circles create :).

alissa said...

Erin - I love this pillow! Perfect name for it too!

Jamie said...

I so want to give this a try. Thanks for the tutorial.

mer said...

so pretty and so sunny! thanks erin.

Kim said...

That just makes me s.m.i.l.e. So bright and cheery!

Playfully Prissy said...

Way cute! love it!

Tyler and Rachael said...

I love it! I am going to add it to my "wish to do list" and will send you pictures once it is accomplished. what a great way to welcome in spring!

Melissa said...

Great tutorial, Erin!! I love it!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

stumbled across your blog and am loving everything! so awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Anne said...

Hi Erin! A friend sent me the link to your blog and I loved this pillow so much I decided to give it a whirl! I used a white fabric for the circles and a print for the back. I hope you like it :)


Kath said...

Oh, I just love the texture on this pillow! I've only recently discovered how to make pillow covers using this simple envelope style, and have been wondering how to jazz up my so far very plain attempts... and now I know! Thanks for the great idea and clear instructions.

ARIA said...

It is really wanderful!!! Good job!!!

Kath said...

What a fun idea! I think that often the simple ideas end up working out the best - but good instructions always help, so thank you for that too!!! I so love how cheerful it looks in your chair. Thank you, Erin.

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