Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DIY Felt Flower Pillow

I spotted a cute pillow tutorial a couple months ago while surfing Pinterest. The only problem with this craft was that I didn't have a sewing machine. Luckily, my mom had gotten a Kenmore when she got married and now it was mine! :) 
Best gift EVER

After much confusion and reading the entire manual, I was ready to get my sew on!
This was the final product :)

What you will need:
1/2 yard of fabric
6 sheets of felt

I began by measuring out 2 18 1/2 by 18 1/2 inch blocks of fabric.

I then found two different sized circles (a can & a cup) and traced a total of 50 circles.
20 of the smaller can & 30 of the larger cup
The can was around 2 1/2 inches across and the cup was about 3 1/2 inches across

Once the circles were cut out, I cut them all in half.
In the middle of one of the blocks of fabric, I traced a large plate.
I began sewing the larger half circles in layers around the traced circle and then moved inward.

Once I completed 6 rows, I moved onto the smaller circles.
After completing about 3 rows, I realized that I was going to have to trim down the smaller half circles to get the look I was hoping for.

 The circles at this time were also getting REALLY difficult to sew so I decided to begin hand sewing. After I added about 3 rows of the smallest half circles, all I had left to do was the middle. I eyed out about a 2 inch circle. I then cut little slits all around the outside edge. I used my needle and sewed the circle right smack dab in the middle of the pillow. This created the look I was hoping for!

Your flower should now be complete! All thats left to do it sew the actual pillow.

This easy idea is a great way to freshen up a room. It also helped me give new life to an old pillow!
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