Monday, January 17, 2011

Winter is Not Over!

I know Valentine’s Day is coming soon and I see stuff all over Blog Land, but I am really enjoying winter this year! I like the white stuff!! I guess this is also my own small rebellion. Well, that, and the fact that I have never really gotten into Valentine’s Day. I have a few heart crafts lurking in my brain, but I am still enjoying winter too much to bring them out yet!
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I saw a gorgeous stocking in a catalog at Christmas time. The description said it was reverse applique. After thinking about it for a while, I decided I wanted to try it so I made this snowflake pillow with a modified version of the reverse applique technique and I think it turned out beautifully.

This tutorial explains how to make a cover for a pillow form. You can make all kinds of covers and change them as the mood strikes! You can also skip down to the part about the snowflake and simply make a snowflake for a pillow or cover that you already have.

Tutorial Pic copyMaterials
(Directions are for a 16 inch pillow form. You will need to adjust your measurements for a different size pillow form.)

1/2 yard fabric
14 inch polyester zipper
16 inch square pillow form
16 inch square white felt
heavy duty fusible web (Wonder Under)
sharp scissors with pointy ends

Instructions
To make the pillow cover:

Cut 2 squares from fabric.  You will cut them the same size as your pillow form so they fill it out completely. A little extra fabric is needed to sew in the zipper, so the measurements are 16 X 16 X 16 X 16 3/8.
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Attach the zipper according the the directions on the zipper package for a centered application. You should baste the squares together using a 5/8 inch seam allowance and be sure to put the two right sides together that have the longer length to allow for the larger seam allowance. Leave about 1 1/2 inches at the bottom of your zipper which will be sewn with a regular stitch. At the top of the zipper, be sure to leave about 1/2 inch. You can hand stitch the opening closed after you stitch the side seams later if you would like.

{A lot of people are intimidated by zippers, but don’t be. If you follow the directions exactly—and place your fabric and zipper exactly the same way it looks in the pictures—it should work out every time. Another hint is to always use the clear tape hint from the package (1/2 clear tape centered over the seam as you topstitch.) If you are new to sewing in a zipper, I recommend trying it on cotton fabric first, because it behaves so much better than slippery satin fabrics!

To be perfectly honest, I looked at a number of sources online showing how to put a zipper in and wasn’t impressed with any of them. This is a good time to get an extra zipper or two and try it out. I think you will be surprised at how much easier it is to do than it looks like it will be!}

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Open your zipper. Put the squares right sides together and sew the remaining sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim corners as shown.
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Turn pillow cover right side out and iron the seams flat. Set aside.

To make the snowflake and applique:
Prepare 15 1/2 inch square of white felt by ironing on fusible web according to the manufacturer’s directions. Peel off the backing so it doesn’t shift or come up while you are cutting out something intricate.

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Print part of a snowflake on your printer. My snowflake (from Silhouette) was made of 6 identical parts, so I adjusted the size to fit my pillow, then cut around the one part I needed. The whole thing was far too large for one sheet of paper, obviously, so I just had to find the repeating pattern and adjust the fit on that.

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Cut out the detailed parts.
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Trace your pattern onto the fusible webbing using a marker that will write on the webbing (it is kind of plastic-y) but won’t bleed through. I used a “Le Plume” memory book marker because it was handy. I think a fine point Sharpie would work, too.

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Continue moving your pattern and tracing around it until you complete the snowflake.

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Cut out your snowflake, using your marker lines as a guide. This takes a long time, so sit down and put in a movie or something. I was enjoying the silence in my room while my children played together in the basement, but it got a little boring. It took about 45 (uninterrupted!) minutes to do this and I was really glad when it was done! Be sure to use very sharp, pointy scissors to get into the little places.

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The next part was the best! Just lay it on your pillow cover (webbing side on right side of pillow cover), smooth, then cover with a press cloth. Iron it down following the directions on the fusible webbing. The heavy weight webbing is really great--a strong bond and you don’t have to sew it in place.

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Insert pillow form into cover and zip closed.Snowflake 11
Fluff it up and set it out to enjoy!
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Now who couldn’t enjoy winter just a little bit more with such beautiful pillows on the sofa?

And I have a tutorial for you for the gathered bow pillow, too. Check back later this week for that one!Snowflake 14

I'm linking HERE this week!

21 comments:

Kathleen,  said... January 17, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

Wow, LOVE this pillow! I ned to make one this week. Thanks for the great instructions.

Sheri@childmade.com,  said... January 18, 2011 at 12:03 AM  

Very pretty! That's a great snowflake, too! I would think that pattern would look good on almost anything. Thanks for linking!

Katie,  said... January 18, 2011 at 8:45 AM  

I just stumbled across your blog & this awesome tutorial via ladybug blessings link party! Love your blog & this pillow! I'm your newest follower! :)

Dani Daniels,  said... January 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM  

I love your snowflake design, I may borrow tee template for my stash. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kelli,  said... January 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM  

I love festive pillows! I love both of those pillows they look great. I made one similar to your gathered one except the gathering is one piece and twisted in the center and secured with a button. I love your version!

Summer,  said... January 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring your idea on my blog this Saturday!

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

Sumo:)

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition,  said... January 19, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

the momma (aka Shannon),  said... January 19, 2011 at 3:16 PM  

gorgeous! when i first saw it i though "no WAY did she sew that thing down!"
now i know your secrets! mwahahahah!

Linda@Coastal Charm,  said... January 19, 2011 at 10:54 PM  

Sucha neat idea...it looks outsatnding! I would love to have you join me at my weekly party…it’s NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS…hope to see ya there:)

Blessings,
Linda

Maggie,  said... January 19, 2011 at 11:42 PM  

oh my goodness, so stinking cute. i bought extra pillows at target on day after thanksgiving sale just for this purpose!! i might try it out with a patterned snow flake...love this, love this, love this. absolutely beautiful! thanks for sharing

Life In The Thrifty Lane,  said... January 20, 2011 at 12:29 AM  

So so cute! Thanks for the tutorial too. And also thank you for visitign today!

Eva Marie Harp,  said... January 20, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

Very cute. I really like how you did you pattern.
http://www.couturiermommy.com

Jennifer Dawn,  said... January 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM  

Beautiful! I've been the same way with Valentine's Day this year. I think I am waiting until Feb. 1 to whip up the crafts that have been floating around in my head. :) Can't wait to see yours. Thanks for stopping by my little blog earlier.

creativejewishmom.com,  said... January 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM  

love it! and great tutorial, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, I'll be featuring you on the roundup on Sunday!

Claire,  said... January 20, 2011 at 8:59 PM  

I love the snowflake pillow-so so adorable-found you on a blog hop-I'm your newest follower-come visit-Claire

Louisa,  said... January 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM  

I love the snowflake pillow! It makes such a big graphic impact.

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