Friday, May 27, 2011

May Point of View Reveal- Pillows!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Each month I am completely surprised by how varied everyone's take on the theme is.  This month is no exception.  But I also have to say that even though they are all completely different- I LOVE them all!
Looking for more deets on your favorite pillow?  Follow the links here:
1. Amy, well- except for this one- you're already here, just scroll down.
2. Michelle at A Little Tipsy
3. Jonie from Just Between Friends
4. Gwen from Gwenny Penny

I'm loving this pillow.
And, I'm all prepared to teach you how to make one for yourself.
First: Supplies (for a 12" pillow)- background fabric: 1/2 yard (white in my case); ribbon: 1- 9 yard spool per color (I used 2 colors of 1/4" Offray ribbon), sewing implements, pillow form.

Cut out the front of the pillow.  I added 1" seam allowance so a 13" X 13" square for my 12" pillow.

The lines are hard to see in this picture.  Using a water soluble marking pen, I drew a line up 1/2" from the edge for seam allowance, then the next line is 3" from there.  Keep going along the pillow marking a line every 3 inches- you should end with another 1/2" space at the other end.

Now to sew down the ribbon.  We are going to sew the ribbon in a zig zag, keeping each color between the two lines that are 3" apart.   I extend the tail of the ribbon off the edge, angling it toward the first line.  Sew it down keeping the stitches approximately in the middle of the ribbon.  The nice thing about this pillow though is that variations are what make it interesting!
1. When you are getting close to the marked line put the needle down and lift the presser foot up.
2. (I'm showing this off the sewing machine to make these steps easier to see.)  Fold the ribbon under at a right angle.
3.  Fold another right angle (over) making a point on top of the ribbon lines.  Use a pin to hold it down as you sew up to the point.   Pivot the pillow and sew down the return ribbon.  Repeat, back and forth along the length of the pillow.
I tried doing this two ways, making the folds as I sewed, and doing the folds, pinning in place the entire length, and then sewing.  Neither one is super easy.  It will take time either way.  But, I found doing it as I sewed was a little simpler and I didn't get stabbed with a million pins that way. :)
Alternate colors until your pillow is done.
For the back I did something a little different. (sorry there are no process pictures, I was winging it)
Instead of the regular envelope closure, I divided the size of the front (13") by two, then added 1" for the overlap and 2" for the hem- for a total of 9 1/2" X 13"  and cut two of them.  Then, I folded over one 13" side 1" and pressed, then folded it over 1" again- press.  Repeat with the other panel.  Stitch down both sides of the 1" hem with an edge stitch.   Then I marked 4 points equal distance apart (about 2 1/2" I think) on one of the hemmed edges and put a small buttonhole at each of those points.  Then, overlap the two pieces and use your soluble marking pen to put marks on the hemmed side of the second panel.  Stitch a length of ribbon centered on each of those marks (I started with 18" lengths, after I tied the bows I trimmed them down a bit).  Sew the back panels to the front panel- in the following order.  Front panel, ribbon side facing up.  Buttonhole panel, right side down (buttonholes in center), ribbon tie panel, ribbon side down, with the ribbons lined up with the buttonholes.  Sew around all four sides.  DONE!!! (well, clip corners and turn right side out first. :) )
You could use either the front or the back of this pillow.  Both are cute! :)  *I did singe the ends of the ribbons so they wouldn't fray.
So, do you have a pillow you are dying to share?  It doesn't have to be a tutorial- just anything that goes with the theme!  Head over to Gwenny Penny and link it up.  Let your Point of View be Heard!!!
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Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I love it, Amy! The color combo is so summery. Looks labor intensive, but well worth it :) Love the way you did the back, too.

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

soo pretty! makes me think of the pool and lemonade! I commented on Gwen's point of view post that I figured you decided this months theme lol!!

Leanne said...

Wow Amy! I love this pillow. The front is beautiful but I love the back too. You ARE the pillow queen!

The Gunny Sack said...

Great pillow! I love the colors and that both sides are cute!

Karen said...

turned out great! I love it.

Crafty Girls said...

WOWZA! Super Cute! But,that is no surprise coming from you! I wish you a happy holiday weekend!


Simone de Klerk said...

I was wondering what you used, but now I see it are ribbons. Beautiful idea. Oh, and I love how you made the closure.

Michelle said...

I bask in the awesomeness that is your sewing capabilities. Zig zag ribbon?! You amaze me.

Alexis @ persia lou said...

Alright. Bookmarked and on the to-make list. Love this! Thanks for the tutorial!

Rebecca said...

I love your pillow cover! The ties in the back just top it off.

Michelle L. said...

This is soooo stunning! Gorgeous colors and amazing ziggy-zaggy effect. Love it!

Lorene (just Lu) said...

I love it! And the bows on the back are just the perfect touch!

ellie g said...

Holy CRAP this thing is fabulous!!!!!! Guess what? I was just cruisin' over at the TT&J party and I totally clicked on it....not even knowing it was yours. See? You are amazing! I love this....can I share it on my FB page? Please?

Jaime said...

This is some kind of wonderful!! I'd love for you to link up!

Heather said...

You have some MAD skills my friend!!

Jonie Marie said...

I love, love the color combination and the zig zags. I knew you would come up with a GREAT pillow for this month.

{nifty thrifty things} said...

That is so cute!! Love the pillow!
I would love it if you shared this at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

Holly said...

Cute pillow - love the colors! Have you seen Kim's post will be "the best day of your life!"

Jessa said...

I love the pillow. It's gorgeous!

Leanne said...

Thanks for linking to the party Amy. I love your pillows, especially the colors on this one. So Summery, maybe it will help keep the weather on track. My house doesn't need any more rain for a while.

Beverly @ said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Think Pink Sundays Amy!! I featured your adorable pillow today!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...


Natalie said...

love love love this pillow! I love how bright and cheerful it is.

B.Chen said...

Crazy Awesome! LOVE the ribbon treatment! ;)

I've started following you!
If you get a chance, please stop by!

Brandi at B.Cheniful

Brandi said...

soo pretty! I love it, Amy!

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