A BIG hello to everyone! My name is Candice, and I blog about my crafting adventures over at Made With Love. I'll be the first to admit that I am so excited to be here today, sharing my Sweet Divinity Flower Pillow Tutorial! With that, I want to send a big thank you to Amanda for choosing me as part of her talented Design Team! Okay, enough chitter chatter, let's get started...ladies start your sewing machines (hehehe)! :)
- Fabric Scraps
- 13" x 13" Quilt Batting
- 14" Zipper
- 14" x 14" Pillow Form
- Decorative Buttons
- Water Soluble Marking Pen
- Sewing Machine
1. Select Main Focus Fabric and 12 (twelve) coordinating fabrics.
2. Cut one 6.25" square from the Main Focus Fabric for the center of the pillow, and 12 (twelve) 1.75" wide strips. Fabric strips must range in length from 6.25" to 13.5" (see diagram for details). Should you need approximate measurements for length, please refer to the list below, however it Is freeing just to sew and trim as you go!
Strip 1- 6.75" Strip 7- 10.25"
Strip 2- 7.75" Strip 8- 11.25"
Strip 3- 7.75" Strip 9- 11.25"
Strip 4- 9" Strip 10- 12.75"
Strip 5- 9" Strip 11- 12.75"
Strip 6- 10.25" Strip 12- 13.5"
3. With a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the first strip to the top of the 6.25" square and trim the strip to match the length of the Main Focus square. Press seam towards the darker fabric.
4. Continue to sew the strips to the 6.25" square, according to the diagram from Step #2. When the first four strips of fabric are sewn to the Main Focus square, trim a 1/4" off of two sides of the fabric, so that the completed square measures 8.5". Refer to diagram, as strip #1 and #2 should be the strips that are trimmed.
5. Repeat Step #4, trimming 1/4" off of the two fabric strips that are diagonal from the two fabric strips that were trimmed in Step #4, so that the completed square measures 10.75". Refer to diagram, as strip #7 and #8 should be the strips that are trimmed.
6. Repeat Step #4, trimming 1/4" off of the two fabric strips that are diagonal from the two fabric strips that were trimmed in Step #5, so that the completed square measures 13" (one inch less that the pillow form). Refer to diagram, as strip #11 and #12 should be the strips that are trimmed.
9. For the flowers, fold a circle in half.
Then fold over the left side a third of the way over.
Flip the flower over and fold over the remaining piece.
Repeat 6 (six) times and pin each piece to the pillow, in a circle.
10. Sew the flowers, beginning with a tight circle towards the middle, continuing to spiral outwards.
After all of the flowers are sewn on, choose 3 (three) decorative buttons and sew one button in the center of each flower.
11. For the backing, cut 2 (two) pieces measuring 4.75" x 13" and 8.25" x 13". In addition, cut a 2.5" x 13" piece from a contrasting fabric for the flap, which will cover the zipper, and press in half lengthwise (wrong sides together).
12. Place the folded pillow flap between the backing and zipper, right sides together. Sew with zipper foot, and press seam towards backing.
14. With right sides together, sew the front of the pillow to the backing (make sure to open the zipper enough before sewing to turn the completed pillow right side out), with a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim corners and the excess zipper length and turn the pillow right side out.
I hope you love the pillow as much as I do! If you decide to make a flower pillow of your own, please feel free to share photos of your pillow with me at firstname.lastname@example.org (as I would love to have the chance to oooh and awww over all of the variations!). I hope to see you all around! :)