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Attempting Aloha: Flower Pillow - First Attempt

Monday, November 1, 2010

Flower Pillow - First Attempt

For a long time, I've been trying to get rid of my wedding dress. I'm not one for clutter or hanging on to every little thing. Maybe it's because we move about once a year (or more) on average or have up to this point anyway. But anyhow, I've been hoping to get rid of my dress for awhile. I had it at a consignment store for about 6 months, and then they went out of business. When I went to pick up my dress, they had somehow "misplaced" my veil... Lame.

While I hate clutter, I also don't like to just get rid of something perfectly useable. SOOOO...I've decided to make pillows out of my dress for my girls. I've found tons of cute, frilly pillows that would work well, and I've been searching for a good tutorial on how to make these flower pillows I've been seeing around, but I have yet to find one.

After seeing a beautiful pillow on THIS cute blog on Friday, I finally decided it was time to just go ahead and try to do one on my own. She purchased hers, but her pics were so great, I felt like I could get a good feel for what needed to be done to make my own.

I used some linen fabric I bought for $.50 / yard at a yardsale a LOOONG time ago for this one, since it would be my "tester".

I've seen a few tutorials on making flowers, and lots of people stitch down the edge with a really long but really tight stitch (change tension setting to highest and length to longest), but I decided to just scrunch by hand as i went along. I've done the other method for different projects, and it still seems to take awhile to get the right bunching, and I wanted to do my project while watching Ghostbusters with my husband on Saturday night, and I didn't want to drag my sewing machine downstairs, nor did I want to drive him nuts with the noise.

NOTE: THIS IS A HORRIBLE TUTORIAL. I was just testing to see how well it would work. I will try to take better pics and better measurements next time!!

I used one yard of linen fabric (45" width). I have a few 17"x17" pillow inserts I've removed from ugly pillows that came with our ginormous Craigslist set (I'll have to post about that another day...it'll have to be its very own post).

First, I tore straight across at 18" and then cut two 18"x12" pieces for the overlapping back pieces and one 18"x18" piece for the front.

Then I tore six 3" wide strips. I had no idea how many I would need or how wide, so I just guessed on this one. For a smaller pillow, you could either do less strips, make the strips more narrow, OR stack them in closer as you're going around to make your flower fuller.

So I just folded the center and rolled it a little and then stitched it to the center of one of my 18"x18" pieces. Then I scrunched a small section about the length of my left hand and held it with that hand and flipped it over and stitched with my right hand while keeping the scrunches in place still with the left. Worked quite well for me.

Here's a pic of the "bud":

And here's an awful pic of the reverse side. You can kind of see the outline of the bunched ruffled flower on the showing through and how I held my hand on the flower and thumb on the back side while I stitched. Don't poke yourself! :)

It was looking a little boring, so I added a few blue buttons to the center:

I didn't take any pics of stitching the actual casing together. But there are lots of great tutorials out there on making pillow covers. Brooke at All Things Thrifty has a great one HERE.

I originally considered placing it on our master bed, and that's why I used the blue buttons.

But I'm thinking it works much better as the first step in my Mom Cave... :)

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At November 1, 2010 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Natasha said...

This is a brilliant idea and your tutorial is fabulous! I wish I could sew...

Best wishes,

At November 1, 2010 at 6:26 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Love it! Good job. I have been meaning to make one of these, but I haven't gotten around to it. Maybe I will now...

Jessica at Chapman Place

At November 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Cassi said...

What a great idea to reuse the wedding dress. And beautiful pillow

At November 1, 2010 at 7:21 PM , Blogger Ashley @ A { Blonde's } DIY Life said...

Your Pillow came out great! I really like the idea of doing something different with your wedding dress too!

At November 4, 2010 at 12:06 PM , Blogger Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com said...

That is adorable!!! Great job!

At November 4, 2010 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Vintage Home said...

...GREAT idea...you have done a wonderful job!..my sister used her dress to curtain her babys room & as a ruffle on the bassinet!...smart girls!
can't wait to see you embrace all that is Hawaii and hope you can stayput for a while....great place to put down roots!

At November 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Laura said...

This pillow turned out just gorgeous! Wow I want one!

At November 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM , Blogger Parsimonia said...

Love it! And such a great way to reuse your dress!

At November 6, 2010 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Mandi said...

Cute lady! I love the idea of using your wedding dress! I might have to hijack that one...

love your guts

At November 6, 2010 at 8:26 PM , Blogger JoEllen said...

I saw your pillow over at All Things Thrifty and I think it's beautiful! I can't believe that was a first attempt! Way to go!

I also think your girls will love having a piece of your wedding dress. I think that is an awesome idea.

At November 7, 2010 at 5:54 AM , Blogger SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

Beautiful idea and well done!

At November 9, 2010 at 6:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea!!! I love that you have a Mom Cave too! haha!

At November 14, 2010 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Lei said...

It's beautiful! And I am curious about the name Attempting Aloha... :)

At December 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

What a wonderful pillow! I can't wait to make one of my own!

At March 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM , Blogger gatheredinthekitchen said...

This is absolutely beautiful!! I have been looking for pillows for my daughter's room but am going to make these instead!!! Then it can be exactly the colors I want! Thanks so much for posting this!! p.s. I want a mom cave also!! :-)


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