Friday, September 17, 2010

Every Batty needs a friend

Friday, September 17, 2010
So I thought the Batty Felt Pillow needed a little companion. At first I thought I would follow up on some one's suggestion to make a white on white ghost pillow, or an orange on orange pumpkin pillow. I fiddled around with the orange felt and decided that I didn't want to do just another same old felt pillow that mimics exactly the bat one.

I thought the pumpkins needed a little something more. I found this orange polka-dot fabric and cut it out slightly larger than the felt pieces. Then I hand frayed the edges. The pumpkin furthest to the right I sewed up before I placed it on the black felt, the other two I sewed the pieces right on the black. I think the fraying is a little crazier on the other two, so if you make one of these- decide which look you like best and do that method. :)
To make the pillow, get a pillow form- mine was 12"X16" (they are 50% off at Joann's right now). Cut two pieces of black felt, one 13"X17" (to account for seam allowances) and the other 13"X24"- then cut the longer piece in half. Take those two pieces and on one 13" side, fold over about 1" and sew down. This creates the pieces for the envelop back- and since felt stretches- it will help keep your pillow cover from getting too misshapen.
To make your pumpkins, cut out a horizontal oval, with a stem on the top of one of the long sides. Cut a vertical oval about the same height (or slightly smaller) as the larger oval, but narrow. Use the pumpkin pieces as templates for the orange fabric and cut the shapes slightly larger than the felt. (I did not cut the stem into the fabric- it's just the oval).
To create the pumpkins sew the large oval to the large piece of fabric- around the edge- about 1/4" away. Then place the small felt oval on the small fabric piece and sew the two pieces together in the center of the large oval. Again- depending on the look you like it's probably easier to do this before sewing them on the black felt. You can fray the edges and trim them up, without having to try to get all the little strings off the black felt.
When you have them ready, place them on the front piece of the pillow and sew them where you like them. Keeping the right side of the front piece up, place the right side of the two back pieces DOWN on top- lining up the outer edges. (they should overlap each other by a few inches). Sew around all four sides of the pillow. Clip the corners, turn right side out- and stuff in the pillow form.
Enjoy your new pillow!
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12 comments:

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

And what a great friend it is! Thanks for linking up! If you didn't, make sure to leave a comment so you're eligible for the giveaway.

Karen said...

I love the pumpkin pillow too!!! And I happen to have a rectangular pillow that might need a halloween cover...

you love me soooo much!

Robin said...

OMG I love the ideas! they are awesome pillows (the bat and the pumpkins.) beautiful. I ♥ them.

Mandi said...

This turned out so WONDERFUL!! This is fo sho going on my to do list!! My mil and I are still flipping out over the bats so...she is going to die when I show her this! I am totally hitching my wagon to you girl!!

love your guts
mandi

Jonie Marie said...

I love BOTH of the pillows. What a great idea. I am now your newest follower.

Jonie
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Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Those pillows are wonderful! They are so cute plus they would be soft too! I love the bats and the pumpkins are so fun - I love that fabric that you added it makes them a little bit whimsical.

I shared your cute project on my Tatertots FB page and linked to you :)

xxo
Jen

twopeasinapoddesigns.com said...

Love them both! Super cute!!

Sandra said...

I love the orange polka dot frayed fabric on the pumpkins. It adds just a little more flavor to the pillow. Thanks so much for linking up your cute project.

Boom said...

Cute little pumpkins. Makes a really cute pillow. Of course anything with bats is coooooool!!!!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Another cute pillow. I think I like this one even better than the bats. Love the frayed fabric peeking out!

Stephanie said...

I just saw this on Tatertots and Jello, they are so darn cute! You did a great job on these.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Super cute! I just came by from Tatertots and Jello.

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