Friday, March 23, 2012
You are my Sunshine Pillow tutorial
Fast forward a couple decades and that same feeling fills me up as I sing the words of this song to my children. My youngest especially loves this song. In fact, when I told her that the pillow was going to say "You are my Sunshine," she said, "That's because it loves me." It makes me happy that she associates me singing this song to her with love, and that she translated that love to the pillow. :)
You can see what inspired me to make this pillow in my Point of View reveal post, but the fabrics were chosen because they are the basis for my daughter's bedroom makeover. I added in a few different fabrics, the yellow, green, pink and orange, to make it feel more like a sun, but the rest of the fabrics are from the Ruby line from Moda.
This tutorial is a little incomplete because I'm still not very good at piping, and the back was my first attempt at adding a zipper enclosure to a pillow, so I didn't take pictures of those parts, mostly because I was totally winging it and making it up as I went. :) But I do have instructions on how I made the front, I hope it helps.
And, here's where the pictures disappear and I just tell you what I did because I was in too big a hurry to get it done. So sorry about that.
Place the sun so it covers all the edges of the rays, with the open end at the bottom where it will be covered by the horizon. Stitch down with two rows of stitching.
Sew down the horizon the same way you did the rays. Place the horizon fabric down, right side down, over the sun, lining it up with the line you drew in the beginning, making sure all the raw edges of the rays and sun are covered. Stitch down, and press over. Topstitch. Embellish how you would like. I used my own handwriting to write "you are my" and embroidered them in the sun. Then I cut out the letters for "sunshine" using my cricut and traced them (backwards) onto light heat n' bond (the purple kind). Using remnants from the rays, I fused the heat n' bond to the fabric, cut out the letters and pressed them down on the horizon. Then I stitched them down to make sure they would stay in place.