sometimes, you just gotta make a pillow.
my sister had a birthday a few months back, and due to some last minute party rescheduling, i couldn’t make her something like i’d originally planned. as time went by, i felt worse and worse that i HADN’T made her something…so finally i got down to business and sewed this pillow for her. i’ve been big on crossing things off my “to do” list lately (probably a nesting thing) so it felt great to get this done and finally gifted.
she had mentioned she needed more throw pillows in her living room, so i made the colors neutral to go with her existing white/cream/wood tone scheme. the flying geese are essex yarn dyed linen in leather (i got it at Bolt, you can find it here), and the background is a creamy bella solid that i also got at Bolt. you’ve seen it before as the bodice of Em’s Christmas Dress this year.
i used my friend Cherie’s awesome confused geese pillow tutorial to make the pillow. i went with the larger size (18″ x 18”). once i finished the piecing, i quilted it to a slightly larger scrap of batting, trimmed it, cut an 18” x 18” back, added a zipper, stuffed it, and done!
the insert is the IKEA FJÄDRAR, which is a pretty great price for a feather pillow and my favorite to use for these types of projects. it’s good to make the outer cover a bit smaller than the pillow insert (the insert in this case is 20” x 20”) so it lays nice and tight and keeps a puffy pillow shape. 18” x 18” may be a bit smaller than i’d normally go for a quilted pillow outer, but it still looked good once i carefully zipped it up.
i’m happy with how it turned out, and my sis put it on her couch immediately, so it was well-received. i think quilted pillow covers are a great “i feel like making a quilt but i can’t commit to all that time/fabric/effort” type project. you still get to experience the fix of piecing and quilting, but they can be made in a day. perfect to practice on, and especially fun to give as gifts!
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P.S. get ready – a new film petit is coming on monday!!! it’s also the first day of Kid’s Clothes Week but we figure we’ll sneak it in before KCW really gets going. trust me, it’s inconceivably good. 😉
P.P.S. teepee print from this awesome shop.