Sunny Days Pillow Project

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This week marks the last of the school year for my girls and I’m picturing nothing but sunny days ahead. To help celebrate how lucky they are I made a fun new pillow cover; Sunny Days Pillow.

Love this scrappy pillow! It's the perfect sewing pattern to clean out my stash. The instructions are easy to follow and the applique design is so cute.

This easy to make DIY pillow pattern is perfect for using up fabric scraps.

 

Sunny Days Pillow

This project is for all levels.

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Not only is this project a complete scrap buster but the bright, cheery outlook just makes me smile. I pulled out every scrap piece of blue fabric I had in my stash.

I turned this pile of scraps into something fantastic with this free pillow pattern from The Sewing Loft.

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*Note that this project can be made in any size to fit your pillow form. Not only will the layer of batting act as a stabilizer for the fabric scraps but it will help maintain a smooth outlook on your pillow. I add this to all of my pillow covers to extend their use.

Sunny Day Pillow Instructions:

  1. Start with pre pressed scrap pieces of fabric.  Cut a 17″ x 17″ square of batting.
  2. Create your fabric sandwich like so: layer of batting and then your 1st scrap positioned in place right side up.
  3. The 1st layer of scrap fabric should be an odd shape created from straight lines and can even be a little off kilter. Place and pin the scrap towards the upper corner of the square; right side or pretty side up. All around machine stitch fabric scrap in place.
  4. Now, let the games begin! Starting with a fabric scrap long enough to cover the base layer, place right sides together and stitch 1/4″ from edge; flip fabric strip over and press.  (this is called the stitch and flip method.)I turned this pile of scraps into something fantastic with this free pillow pattern from The Sewing Loft.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • Pressing counts- big time!  Pressing after each piece will keep your fabric smooth and prevent unsightly puckering.
  • Uniform seam allowance is your friend.
  • Trim away excess fabric only after you have flipped and pressed your scrap in place.
  • Combining fun prints in the same color value will create amazing background.

Applique Designs:

Once the batting is covered, it’s time to draw the design. Have no fear, this took no artistic skill just a standard plate from my kitchen and pencil!

  1. Grab a plate from the kitchen, a pencil and the double sided fusible. Lay the plate on the fusible and trace. Then draw several long triangles to make the rays. Fuse to fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Position and fuse to your pillow front as you like. To allow for extra room I placed mine to the left. This easy to make DIY pillow pattern is perfect for using up fabric scraps.
  3. I repeated the process to create the word SUNNY using my funky applique template.This easy to make DIY pillow pattern is perfect for using up fabric scraps.
  4. Using a contrast thread; add an outlining stitch around the edge of each applique piece. To add extra texture, I used rayon navy thread with free motion embroidery.
  5. Trim your pillow front down to size once everything is fused and stitched in place. Mine measures 16 1/2″ since my pillow form is 16″ square. This allows for seam allowance and a nice snug fit of the form. Repeat with pillow backing fabric.Add a splash of color to any sewing project with custom piping.
  6. Using my narrow zipper foot and cording, I created and attached custom red piping for a splash of color.   This easy to make DIY pillow pattern is perfect for using up fabric scraps.
  7. Attach backer fabric with closure method of choice; trim corners and turn right side out.  Slip pillow form inside cover and find the perfect spot to showcase your handy work!

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