Confessions: I love accent pillows.
If you’ve been reading here long you probably know that there are way more males in our household than females.
Need I tell you what most males think of accent pillows?
So for a long time any that I’ve managed to keep around don’t get much love. They usually end up on the floor, kicked under the couch, or tossed into a corner because they’re just “in the way.”
But girls are different and we love pillows.
And we especially love the pretty ones.
So when I bought new bedding for our daughter last spring, she and I decided she needed some fun pillows – just because.
I found three smallish pillows at the thrift store that weren’t exactly pretty, but had just the potential I was looking for.
I’ve always had a thing for felt.
It probably goes back to childhood crafts, but I just love how it looks for projects and how simple it is to work with.
So I decided to make these pillows with felt. I picked out three colors that coordinated with her bedding and got 1/2 yard of each, along with a package of colorful felt squares, three colors of embroidery floss, and a box of fun, bright-colored buttons.
I love buttons too.
These pillows are so simple to make!
You can whip up some just like these, or take the idea and make something that fits your own decor.
We’re making simple envelope covers for these pillows, so all you’ll need to sew is a couple of straight stitches for each one.
Ready to get started?
Start by centering the pillow on the felt and folding down the top to cover about 2/3 of the pillow.
Then fold the bottom part up and over the pillow and overlap the first fold by 3 or 4 inches. Cut the excess off.
It will be so much easier to add your design to the front of the cover if you know exactly what part will be on the front of the pillow.
To do this, loosely measure the length and width of your pillow,
then iron a crease along all four sides of the felt where the pillow will lie. Now you can use these lines as a guide to place your design.
Create Your Design:
I wanted to use the flower theme that was already on Hannah’s bedding, so I drew out a few different sized templates.
Since a casual, fun, and unique look was what I was going for, it’s really no problem that they aren’t perfect or symmetrical.
You can make templates for anything you want. Don’t you thing these would be cute for Christmas with little felt trees, studded with tiny bells and sparkly jewels?
Using your templates, cut out several flowers of different sizes and colors, along with some dark green leaves.
Next, choose a layout that you like, using the creased lines as a guide, and when you’re happy with the arrangement, use a little craft glue to hold each piece in place.
Now it’s time for the fun part.
And if you’re like me and running your kids all over the place, or just always on the go, this little project packs up so nicely. I did most of the work on this pillow while waiting for a couple of the boys to attend a First Lego League meeting. This is a perfect “pockets of time” project that can be picked up whenever you have some free minutes.
Using three strands of embroidery floss*, I stitched on veins and stems for the leaves, borders for the flowers, and attached a few buttons for the center of each flower. You can really get creative and have fun with this step.
With the design finished, it’s time to sew the seams.
Start by folding the cover wrong-side out and trimming the edges to 1″ past the creases.
Then add a 1/2″ seam along both sides.
Imagine that! My opening is not exactly straight – but it’s actually the inside piece so nobody will ever know! 🙂
Finally, turn the cover right-side out and push in the pillow.
Meet the Collection:
Remember that largest blue-green pillow? It got a blue felt cover and a colorful sprinkling of stacked buttons. So much better!
And I decorated the square beige pillow cover with some flower blossoms, a leaf twig, and three stacked buttons right in the middle.
So find yourself some spare pillows, felt, floss, and buttons, and make your own fun floral pillows – or create your own designs! What will it be?
It isn’t always easy to find time to get your hands in a project, but you can create some awesome projects with the “pockets of time” method and a few quick tips. Sign up for the newsletter and get notification of every new post, the FREE Upcycle Checklist: 5 Quick Tips for Awesome Projects, plus MORE.
*Note: If you’ve never used embroidery floss before, it comes in a six-layer strand. The strands easily pull apart, and I used three strands for all of the stitching in this project.