Friday, January 27, 2012

January Point of View- LOVE

Friday, January 27, 2012
It seems like you can't turn a corner these days without running into something red or heart shaped.  :)  Well, even though the theme was LOVE and not Valentine's- I don't think these projects are going to disappoint.  Are you ready for the project reveal?
Wait no longer:
Mmmm- aren't they yummy?  Such fun projects to browse through, love and Pin- am I right? :)
Ready to go check out the goodness?  Here are the links to further details:
Jonie at Just Between Friends
Amy- just scroll down
Our very special Guests this month Meg and Steph joining us from DIY Divas
Camilla from Rosy Red Buttons
Michelle at A Little Tipsy
And Gwen from Gwenny Penny
Leanne had to miss this month dealing with a family emergency.  We love and miss her and are glad her daughter's doing better. :)

After you're done checking out all this goodness- head over to Gwenny Penny and link up YOUR favorite LOVE posts. (remember that it's any interpretation of the theme- so link away!)
Now- on to my project:
The Ruffle Heart Pillow
Oh yes- I am definitely in LOVE!
When I made the Wavy Ruffle Pillow last year I had the thought that it would be fun to create other shapes with the ruffles- and this seemed like the perfect time to test out that theory.   I didn't re-do the entire tutorial, because I followed all of the same steps from the Wavy Ruffle Pillow tutorial, but I did document the couple of changes I did.
First, we are obviously going to need a heart shape.  I just folded the paper in half and did it the good old gradeschool way, but you can be more deliberate and use a cutting tool like a Cricut or Silhouette if you want.  The shape does get a little skewed by the ruffles, so don't spend too much time on it- just a general heart shape will be just fine.

Here is where I make the confession of all confessions.  I am an "eyeballer".  I don't measure things very often.  I find that I am usually more accurate if I just eyeball where things go instead of trying to be exact in my placement.  So- center your heart on the front pillow cover panel and trace around it to give you a guideline for placing your strips.  Then take your pink (or colored) bias-cut ruffles, pin down the first layer.  I lined up the center of the ruffle (where the gathering stitches are) on the pencil line, you could also line up the outside or inside of the ruffle along that line as well- it's up to you.  For this pillow, I did sew down one round at a time, instead of pinning all the ruffles and then sewing- but either method would work.  Fill in the inside of the heart with more colored ruffles and you'll get something that looks like this:
Which I think is gorgeous and I was really tempted to leave it like that, but I felt it looked too much like my Faux Chenille Pillow- and I wanted them to look less alike.  So, next I filled in the outside with white ruffles.  Then I finished my pillow with an envelope closure and I was finished.
I'm really glad I added the white ruffles.  This pillow turned out just like I hoped it would.

Now are you ready for some linky fun?  Head over to Gwenny Penny and link up anything LOVE-ly.  We can't wait to see what you've done.
XOXO,
Amy
Linked up to the Be Mine Bonanza link party with At Home with K. Also linked to the Saturday seven at Positively Splendid. Partying with Creations by Kara at her Look What I Made linky.

19 comments:

Jonie Marie said...

This is beautiful! Once again you dazzle me with your pillow skills.

Karen said...

Turned out so cute! I love it!

Megan and Stephanie said...

ok.. this is AMAZING! I second Jonie... you have some amazing pillow skills. I want to make like 10 of these! Thanks for the amazing tutorial! Thanks for letting us be a part of POV this month as well! It was a blast!

-Megan and Stephanie

www.doityourselfdivas.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Again I bow to the pillow queen. This is so cute! So much ruffly goodness!

Diana @ GroceryCents said...

I love it! You always create such darling things! Thanks for sharing!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

A pillow this month? Never would have guessed ;) Love it! I'm glad you added the white ruffles, too. Makes the whole thing. What I'm amazed by is the fact that you made this in like 15 minutes because I know when you started it ;)

Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) said...

Just beautiful! Love it so much! And you are the ruffle queen, dubbed. ;)

Shoregirl said...

I adore ruffles and this is absolutely beautiful!!

chris said...

Umm, hello gorgeous. The whole thing in ruffles is spot on.

Kara said...

Totally love it Amy! It's perfect for Valentine's Day, but I'm also thinking I might need to make one for Rachel's room. Ruffles and little girls just go together. :)

Deana said...

That is sew cute....I'd love for you to share this @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party
going on now-Sunday night……Have a wonderful weekend!

Leanne said...

Love, love, love this pillow. It reminds me of my favorite pillow of yours I now have on my bed. You are the pillow queen.

Kendall said...

LOVE this pillow! It's adorable!
Kendall
{songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com}

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

SEW cute! I love it. I don't like to measure anything, so I can relate to the "eye baller" thing. I always say I have to "feel" it. :D

Warmly, Michelle

Ashley @ The Latest Find said...

Your pillow is so incredibly adorable!! Wanted to let you know I featured it today as a "latest find for all things crafty" at The Latest Find!! The pink and white looks so cute with the ruffles, it's perfect for Valentines Day! Great job! =)
http://thelatestfind.blogspot.com/2012/01/latest-finds-for-all-things-crafty.html

Megan Brooke said...

This looks so pretty and elegant!

P.S. I'm an eyeballer too :)

dee said...

Gorgeous Pillow! I adore ruffles and this heart pillow is so sweet! I had to pin it and share in on my CraftBliss Facebook page.

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

So cute- as always! I'm featuring your pillow on Topsy Turvy Tuesday's this week! Thanks SO much for coming by and linking up!

Kara said...

So glad you linked this cute pillow up Amy! I'm featuring it today. :)
http://www.creationsbykara.com/2012/02/look-what-i-made-linky-party-2-8-2012.html

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