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Attempting Aloha: Full Flower Pillow Post for UCreate

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Full Flower Pillow Post for UCreate

If you remember, I re-wrote my Full Flower Pillow tutorial with better pics and more details for my post on U-Create. I thought I'd go ahead and share that side with you all here on my own blog now. :)

Today I'm going to show you how to make a Full Flower Pillow.  I made the one pictured above as a tester with some cheap fabric, so I could eventually chop up my wedding dress and make this one for one of my three girlies (I'll be making two different styles of pillows for the other two girls with more of my dress later on):

This tutorial will be featuring the first pillow, though.

Here's what you'll need to make an 17" square pillow:

* 1  yard of fabric - at least 45" width
* 17" square pillow form
* Sewing needle and thread
* Sewing machine for pillow form
* Scissors
*Chick flick


* Button or other embellishment for center

Step 1)  Cut out the pieces for your pillow form. I used a tutorial from Brooke from All Things Thrifty to make my pillow form. For our 17" pillows, we will need one 18"x18" piece and two 18"x12.5" pieces.

Step 2) Tear your strips of fabric for the flower. I did mine up the 36" side, and if you've never torn fabric, it's typically easy depending on the fabric you've chosen (the satin fabric I had on my wedding dress pillow was MUCH too strong to tear, so I had to cut that one and then fray the edges by taking out strings from the edge).  For regular cotton fabrics, cut a small snip at 3", and just go ahead and rip straight up the fabric! I ended up with 6 strips were 3"x36".



Step 3) Start your rosette bud. Fold the end of one of your strips of fabric and then strat rolling it up as you bunch the fabric slightly to give it more fullness. Once you have a good start, hand stitch the bottom a few times to secure it.

Step 4) Attach the rosette bud to the center of your 18"x18" piece.

I hold on to the rosette and the fabric and flip it over to stitch it with my right hand. Here's a pic of the reverse side:

Step 5) Start stitching the rest of the flower. If you want to be precise, you can take a pencil and draw a spiral pattern on the reverse, so you can follow that while stitching. I think flowers are naturally imperfect, so I just kind of wing it (I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal anyway). My rows are about 1"-1.5" apart. Just scrunch/bunch as you go!.

Mine looked quite messy from the back once finished:

But no worries...she's just lovely on the front!

Step 6) Add your center embellishment. I used three small buttons for this one.

Step 7) Use Brooke's tutorial to finish the rest of the pillow, and BE SURE to tuck in your flower edges when you're sewing, so you don't accidentally sew the "petal" into your seam!

Since my flower was a slightly imperfect, my pillow ended up being more of a rectangle than a square. I stitched up the side of my pillow form and cut the excess right off.

Not bad for a tester project! I thought she might want to live in the master bedroom with our wrought iron headboard:

But she asked if she could chill in my Mom Cave, so I let her stay in there instead. ;)

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me (or an hour or so if you're making your own!).



The DIY Show Off


At April 20, 2011 at 10:42 PM , Blogger She Made It Crafts said...

I LOVE this pillow, and I absolutely love you blog! You are great, and thanks for all the fabulous content! I really enjoy following your blog! If you have time you should come check out my blog, I am new to the blogging world and I am having a really awesome time!

At April 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM , Blogger Tiff said...

I just adore that flower pillow! I made one a bit differently a while back, but want to give your way a try because the effect is just gorgeous! Thanks for such a fantastic tutorial! Happy Easter! X

At April 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM , Blogger The DIY Show Off said...

It's gorgeous! I really, really must make one of these for our new guest room when it's time to work DIY fun in there! Thanks so much for sharing in the Earthy Essentials party - I'm including a link in the highlights tomorrow. :)

Every time I come over here, I want to see things in person, meet you and enjoy some Hawaiian sunshine! Have a wonderful weekend!


At April 24, 2011 at 11:01 PM , Blogger Janelle said...

I'm in the process of revamping our pillows and this one is definitely on my to do list, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Just want to let you know that I am passing on the 'Versatile Blogger' award to you because I love your projects. You can check out my post to get the badge and for more information about the award:


Happy Monday! :)

At September 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM , Blogger Jilly said...

Your work is impressive as well as the best for the getting the perfect idea about giving a gift in Christmas or any occasions. You made such a beautiful pillow, this flower creation also best for attaching on dress.
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At December 27, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Anonymous Emily @ I Love Farm Weddings said...

I LOVE this pillow and wanted to share that I featured it on my blog post today (with proper credit of course). You can see the post here: http://www.ilovefarmweddings.com/2011/12/27/farm-inspiration-linen-love/

If you like the blog, I'd love your support in becoming a regular reader and sharing it with your friends. I also have featured buttons on my Facebook page if you'd like one. www.facebook.com/ilovefarmweddings

Thanks for sharing how you made this!

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