Hello, and welcome!
I am so excited to be a part of the Pillow Collective created by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side! Seriously, who doesn't love pillows? I have about a gajillion on my couch. And I am not exaggerating at all.
I also love things that have meaning, whether it is hidden or blatant. That's why I made this pillow:
The meaing for me in this pillow is that it is the symbol of my cause which is helping people find and articulate their creativity. I love the image of a heart with wings. To me it says "give your dreams wings to fly". It is also the logo for my retreat (that Amy Ellis is teaching at!!) called Find Your Lula. You can find out about that here.
I am going to give you instructions on how to make this pillow using any pillow form you want.
First, determine the measurement of your pillow form. Sometimes it is indicated on the tag. I had to lay mine down on my cutting mat and press it as flat as I could to figure out the size. The size of my pillow form is 12 x 16". Once you know the size of your pillow form, you can determine the size of the pieces of fabric you will need. You will need to add 1" to each measurement. Since my pillow form is 12 x 16", my fabric for the front of the pillow will need to be 13" x 17". Make sense? Okay. So let's talk about putting the front together.
First, of course you need to pick out your fabrics. I picked low contrast, low volume for this particular pillow. I think it would look super cute in brights, too.
Cut the fabric for the front of your pillow
My fabric is cut to 13 x 17" as indicated above. You will also need a piece of batting and another piece of fabric (I just used plain white as it will not be seen) but to the same size.
So that's three pieces. Layer them together like this, then match up the edges.
It is a good idea to spray baste these three pieces together using a quilters basting spray. Make sure that both of your fabrics have the right sides facing out.
Make the feathers
Trace the feathers onto the fabric using a disappearing pen. I used a lightbox to trace mine, but you can also print the template on cardstock, cut out the feathers, then trace around them.
Layer the fabric with the feathers, a piece of batting and another piece of fabric (I matched my fabrics). You will want both fabrics with right sides facing out.
Take it to your sewing machine and quilt each feather. I quilted around each feather twice, then quilted down the middle.
Cut around each feather, leaving a very small seam allowance.
You will need 38 feathers total. I used five different fabrics to make my feathers.
Making the heart and the top of the wings
Trace the heart onto the right side of the fabric.
Place the traced heart and a layer of batting large enough to go all the way around the heart on the pillow, lined up in the center. Sew around the heart, sewing through all of the pillow front layers and the heart layers.
Cut out very carefully around the heart, leaving a very small seam allowance.
Trace the wings onto the front side of the fabric for the wings. Layer with batting. BASTE the wings on the traced line.
Layer the wing with the first row of feathers. The first row of feathers has 10 feathers. Lay them out to your liking, allowing them to go over the edge of the fabric. Pin the feathers and the wing in place.
Sew around the wing, catching the first row of the feathers in the seam.
Pin the second row of feathers in place, layering them between the first row.
Pin back the first row of feathers and sew the second row in place.
Pin back the feathers that are overlapping the 1/2" around the edges of the pillow front.
Cut the back of the pillow
To make the back of the pillow you will need two pieces of fabric. You will want them each to be the same height as the front of the pillow, and 4" longer than the width. My pillow front is 13 x 17", so my TWO back pieces will each be 13 x 21". Fold each piece in half, right sides out and press.
Place the pieces on the pillow front, with the folded edge towards the center. Match up the outside edges. This means there will be a place in the center where the back pieces overlap.
Sew all the way around the pillow using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Clip the corners.
Turn right side out. Slip the pillow into the opening in the back. You may have to squish your pillow form a lot to get it in.
You're done!!! Enjoy!
There have been a lot of GREAT pillow made for this pillow collective. I hope you have had a chance to see them all! Here is a list of links for your to peruse if you haven't yet: