Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Couch Makeover {pillow #1}

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
If you are curious what this post is all about, click here for the {before}

I knew I wanted to make each of the new pillows for the couch textural and different from each other.  When I saw this tutorial from Tonia at The Gunny Sack on Someday Crafts, I knew right away it would be one of them.  

Gorgeous, right?  Here's how mine turned out:
Mmmmm.  LOVE it!! :)  I pretty much followed Tonia's tutorial, but I made just a few changes:
I did not use her templates.  Instead I just cut the felt into rectangles that measured 1" by 1 1/2", then just rounded the corners.  I did this about 800 times.  Yes, you read that right, 800!
I did not lay out all the petals for each round.  I just started with one and when I was almost finished sewing that one down I added the next one.  I did stop sewing and lifted the presser foot (needle in the down position) each time I added a petal so I didn't get it folded over.
This is what the back looked like when I was done sewing the petals on.  I used two different size circles for the base- the 4" circles each had 50 petals on them and the 3" circles had 25 petals each.  I started out with 10 of each size flower and added 4 more smaller flowers at the very end.
To finish off the centers I took a 2-3" long 1" strip and folded it accordion style- stitching some gathers in the center.  Then, I hand stitched 1-2 of these in the center of each flower, and hand stitched the flowers to the pillow cover. (made with complimentary cotton fabric- envelope style closure)  I stitched them on AFTER I made the cover because I didn't want to have to deal with avoiding all those petals sewing the side seams. :)
It did take some time, but it was worth it!!
Thanks Tonia for the awesome tutorial and inspiration!  My couch and I are in your debt!!
And, we have some progress! Please forgive the funky lighting- some of these pictures had to be taken at night, and we've been having some pretty intense thunderstorms that mess up my afternoon lighting. ;)
Come back tomorrow for Pillow #2!
xoxo,
Amy
Linked up to Friday Flair at Whipperberry!  Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, BFF party at the Answer is Chocolate and Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and jello

27 comments:

Summer said...

Wow. That is amazing! I don't think I'd ever have the patience to make those. I'll just hire you when I want some. :) Fantastic!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Incredible, Amy. I will repeat Summer's comment... I will never have the patience to make one of these, but it's gorgeous. Fantastic job. I know how much time you spent on it :) Great color, too.

Lorene (just Lu) said...

Wow. You are FANTASTICALLY patient. Also talented. And patient. The pillow is amazing!! Can't wait to see what's next. And aren't those thunderstorms awesome?!? :)

Toqua's Crafts said...

Wow!
Gorgeous!
WOW!

It's about all I can say right now...

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Okay, I thought I already left a message but who knows where it went!

Wow!!! I love your pillow. You have even more flowers than I do on mine...must mean you are more patient than me!! The color you chose is great!

Naturally Carol said...

Unbelievable..so many pieces and all sewn individually! I think I would have wanted to frame it for posterity..so noone could touch it or make it grubby or mishapen..ever. I admire all your work in making these!

Rachel said...

That is really cool, I bet it took forever, but it looks worth it.

Holly Lefevre said...

That is gorgeous and girly and sophisticated...I love it. It is definitely a pillow I would take the time to do because it is gorgeous!

Kimmy said...

I think your other pillows have "petal envy," lol!

Staci J said...

Oh my goodness Amy!! You are AMAZING!! That turned out gorgeous,wow!!

Kehkshan MAnzoor said...

I love the color, its time taking and need hardwork. I should try to make this :)...
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Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

It turned out great! Can't wait to see the rest of the pillows too!

Betsy said...

Fabulous idea and a great tutorial. Lots of work, but look at the outcome! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Burke & Chelle said...

Wow that is so amazing! I seriously LOVE it! I saw your post on tatertos and jello.. my jaw seriously dropped! Great job! Come see me at burkeandrachellekunz.blogspot.com.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

You are just on a roll with these pillows girlie! I love this one too...may be my fave but it's hard to choose with all the cute ones you've made .

Rach H said...

So super cute. I need to make one! Thanks for the tips!

I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend on my blog Family Ever After. The party starts on Fridays and lasts all week.

Here’s the link if you’re interested:www.familyeverafter.blogspot.com

Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton! Have an awesome day!!!

Lilioshka said...

That's amazing! I seriously am in awe, just to think you took the time to do that!

Great job!
http://lilioshka.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

Wow, beautiful pillow! I love all the texture--it adds so much to your couch! Great work!

Brande J. said...

I LOVE that pillow. So pretty. I am sure it looks better in person, can't wait to see it :) Good job Amy!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Um so this pillow is AMAZING!! When I saw it in the other pillow posts I honestly thought you bought it. WOW, i am speechless, beautiful job!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Amy this is so great!!! I LOVE how the pillow turned out!
I shared it on FB & Twitter today! :)

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Wow Amy, I'm loving all these cool pillow makeovers! Great job.

Warmly, Michelle

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

WOW! I am left speechless. Absolutely beautiful!

I would love for you to share on Blog Stalking Thursdays http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/

Ashley@EisyMorgan said...

This is so gorgeous! I love love it! Great job. Would love for you to link it up at my party today HERE if you have time. Have a great Wed!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

That turned out fabulous!

Amy said...

STUNNING!!! You are amazing!

Michelle said...

Your patience is awe inspiring! I like yours better than the original!

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