11.05.2009

Felt Circle Pillow Done + Tutorial




I finally finished the other pillow that I started. I love the way that it turned out and it looks great in my living room.

Here is how I made it:

First I measured my pillow and cut out two rectangles out of my gray broadcloth adding a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all sides and an extra inch on the back piece for the zipper.


Next I decided where I wanted my zipper to go (I chose about 1/3 from the top) and cut a straight line across the back piece of broadcloth.


Next I attached the zipper using this tutorial.




Now I set aside the back piece and focused on the front. First I cut out about 1 1/2 yards worth of circles out of my felt (it takes a lot more than you might think). I used the top of a glass for a stencil - mine was about 3 inches in diameter, but yours can be whatever size you want.


Next I folded each circle in half and pressed it to make them stand up and to give a stitching line.


I started randomly placing the circles on the front of my broadcloth and sewing each one in the ditch of the pressed crease. I left about an inch around the edges to assure that I could stitch the front and back together.



Once the pillow front was looking pretty full I stitched the top and one side together at a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I pinned the circles away from the seam allowance first so that I wouldn't get them caught in the stitching (don't worry if you get small bit caught in - it's inevitable and not noticable once the pillow is finished).



Now I can go back and fill in the edges, allowing the circles to overlap the seam line a bit.


Turning it inside out again, I stitched the remaining two edges together and then flipped it right side out through the zipper. Now I was able to fill in the edges of these last two sides.

Lastly, I clipped the many loose strings off, put my thrifted pillow inside, and I was done.

I couldn't be more happy with how this turned out.

front:

back:

37 comments:

  1. WOWZA!
    Youa re SO COOL!
    That pillow would look way to chic at my house, but for yours it's perfection!

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  2. wow, this and the yellow pillow are just awesome. nice job.

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  3. I love this pillow. Great job. On second thought, I will probably try making this pillow before I try the pleated pillow, but they both turned out so well!

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  4. This pillow has the most extraordinary texture. I just want to reach out and touch it! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. This is so cool!! The texture on it reminds me of mineral formations.

    I posted a link to your tutorial on CraftGossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-throw-pillow-embellished-with-felt-circles/2009/11/08/

    --Anne

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  6. Wow that's super fantastic.

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  7. Gorgeous! I'm going to try that. Thanks!

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  8. This is really beautiful. Love it! Found you via One Pretty Thing...

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  9. Anonymous11.11.09

    Gorgeous, knew I bought those circle dies for a reason, just didn't know what until now!

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  10. That is such a wonderful project. Thank you for the excellent tutorial ~ so beautifully put together. I've always wondered how to put in a zipper, so I'm looking forward to that tutorial as well. I found you through Grosgrain, and am so glad that I did. I look forward to reading more of your blog. Cheers! Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

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  11. That is really a cool pillow. Great job and thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. Looove this idea! I'm definitely thinking I should give it a try.

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  13. LOVE. IT. I'll def. have to do this. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Kelli, this pillow is amazing. And thank you for the cool tutorial. Really, REALLY cool.

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  15. I've had a project like this in mind for quite awhile and have just never gotten to it. This is a beautiful pillow! Thanks for the motivation to get mine going.

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  16. This is a great idea, and a great tutorial!

    There's a whole mess of sewing stuff for sewers like us posted at www.WeAllSew.com

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  17. I love it - and it's definitely my style! The design is clever, too - simple colour and fabric but oodles of texture. Fantastic!

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  18. This is really beautiful.

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  19. lovely- we'll be linking!

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  20. amazing pillow!
    want to try it so bad!

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  21. Kim Ans15.1.10

    This is BEAUTIFUL!!! I can't wait to make it! Thanks for the great idea!

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  22. Very artistic! loved the pillow on my to do list.
    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial.

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  23. wow! I Love this pillow so much! Found you on these magical years!

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  25. Elizabeth Nunes15.12.10

    I was thinking of doing it with an old pair of jeans... Hope it works! I'll tell you later.

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  26. Angie5.1.11

    I love this fantastic pillow, and can't wait to try to make one of my very own. I like how crowded the circles are to eachother, makes the pattern so full and nice. Do the seam lines of the circles overlap each other?

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  27. OMG ......... FABULOUS, JUST FABULOUS!!!!!

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  28. You are so talented !!!

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  29. This is wonderful!

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  30. Anonymous27.3.12

    Easy to make and beautiful.

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  31. I love this pillow!! I linked this up on my blog today: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/05/10-mothers-day-diy-gifts.html

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