Sad to say but the fat quarter is all gone. But there was still some of the pretty blue sheet left. Actually when I was looking for something else, I found yet another little piece of the sheet so I’ll be able to make one more thing. To see all the other pillows made from the thrifted sheet go here: Pillow #1, Pillow #2, Pillow #3, & Pillow #4. I also squeezed out a Panty Purse too which you can see here.
Anyway, on to Pretty Pillow #5. I love raw edge applique. But if you don’t love it, you could always finish the edges with a blanket or zig zag satin stitch.
The finished pillow size is 11″ x 15-1/2″. Use 1/4″ seams for all sewing.
To make cut:
One 8″ x 12″ piece for the center
Two 2″ x 9″ strips for top and bottom – this gives room to straighten up
Two 2″ x 17″ strips for sides – this gives room to straighten up
One 11-1/2″ x 16″ piece for back
Scraps for making vase and flower
Stitch one of the 2″ x 9″ strips to the top of the 8″ x 12″ piece. Stitch the other piece to the bottom. Press flat and trim the edges to be even with the main piece.
Stitch one of the 2″ x 17″ strips to the right side, the other to the left side. Press flat and trim up the edges.
Piece together some scraps to make the vase. Press flat. My vase is 6″ tall. I drew a vase on a piece of paper and cut from my scrap piecing.
Place the vase about 1″ from the bottom of the 8″ x 12″ piece. Center in the middle and stitch using a simple straight stitch close to the edge. If you don’t like raw edge applique, use a blanket or zig zag stitch.
Make the flower before stitching the stem and leaf. To make the flower, I cut two 3″ circles and one 2″ circle.
I didn’t want the flower flat against the pillow but I didn’t want it gathered either. To make it slightly waved, I simply stacked the circles together and then folded them in half. Then I folded them in half again. That makes a quarter wedge. At the tip of the wedge, I stitched on the machine a fraction of an inch up. Just enough to cause a little ripple.
Place the flower above the vase as shown. It can be machine tacked in place but I hand stitched it on and then added a button.
Pin the flower up and out of the way. Stitch a stem and little leaf. If you aren’t comfortable free hand stitching it, draw it on first with a disappearing marker. Be sure to stitch the stem so that the top is hidden under the flower when you unpin.
To make the vase and the flowers look a little rugged, I pulled at the threads around the edge.
The front is done. Yea, how pretty is that? Now stitch the 11-1/2″ x 16″ piece to the front, right sides together leaving about a 3″ opening in the bottom for turn. Turn, press and stuff. Hand stitch the opening closed. All done. Quick and easy.
If you have any questions, just ask.
See you next time.