{How To} Peacock Pillow -Enchanted Makeovers

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A few weeks ago I shared my peacock pillow design on Facebook and based on your response, the design is a hit!  This pattern has been created for a very special project with Enchanted Makeovers.

Peacock Pillow


How to make a Peacock Pillow by The Sewing Loft

Today, I am sharing the full how to and pattern for you to make your very own pillow to pass along.

This project is for all levels.

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  • base fabric to cover pillow
  • colored fabrics for appliqué (reclaimed tees)
  • double-sided fusible
  • pillow insert
  • embroidery thread *optional*
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • basic sewing supplies

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Click Peacock Pillow Pattern  to download the pattern file.

Basic Instructions:

  1. Measure your pillow to determine the base fabric size. Don’t forget to add seam allowance. See easy pillow cover instructions here.
  2. Trace pattern pieces onto fusible. Following the directions on the package, apply the fusible to the wrong side of the fabric; cut out pieces.
  3. Position body on the lower center of the pillow.  Once you are happy with the placement, peel the backer paper of fusible off; place and iron as directed on the packaging.
  4. Continue to place feathers and fuse in place.  I like to start at the bottom and work from side to side. This will help keep the appliqué uniform in shape.
  5. You may wish to add a straight stitch or zig-zag stitch along the edge of appliqué for that extra detail.
  6. I like to add simple hand stitching around the upper feathers to enhance that handmade look.
Peacock Pillow How To -TheSewingLoft

This design was created for Enchanted Makeovers. Please feel free to download the pattern and create a pillow for the shelter. Send pillows to Enchanted Makeovers 12663 Hipp St Taylor Mi 48180 or for more information, email enchantedmakeovers@comcast.net

Even though everyone will be using the same design, each pillow will be uniquely different.  Please share your talents & skills to create a peacock pillow for the shelter.   Pillows should be sent to Enchanted Makeovers by October 30th, 2012.

2012 Enchanted Makeover Shelter -TheSewingLoft

Here is a small glimpse into the shelter.  The bedspreads are a soft chenille with light turquoise coloring and flowers partnered with red gingham.  Please keep this in mind when creating your pillows.  Preferred colors are light background, pink, yellow, turquoise, lavender, and greens.  Be sure to have fun here mixing color and patterns.


I can not wait to see the amazing pillows you create! Please be sure to share pictures on the Facebook page.





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  1. Jowyn Jenson says

    Thanks for tutorial… But tried to download PDF and it says it’s been deleted. Can you help please? Maybe you could email it to me?
    Many thanks.
    Jo x

    • Jo, I am very sorry you are having trouble. I went back, double checked everything and had no issues downloading. You need to click on the words “Peacock Pillow Pattern” and it will open a new window and take you directly to Scribd. From there, just click the orange download button on the right.
      Let me know if you are still having trouble!

  2. What a cute pillow! Thanks for sharing the pattern. Peacocks are so pretty.


    • Hello Tracy,
      Welcome to the world of Stitching!!
      We are a great community and are always here to help. There are many different options in the fusible world so, I will just name a few brands in no particular order.
      Heath n Bond- offers (I believe) two different versions that you can purchase at your local craft supply store or Walmart in pre packaged sized.
      Pellon – offers a line of Wonder Under that comes in different weights. This can be purchased at your local fabric store and is sold by the yard.
      The Warm Company- offers a line of Steam a Seam. This line can be found at your local craft store and is sold in package form. They offer a line of sheets and smaller sizes.
      I believe that all brands can be purchased on line. I hope that helps get your needles moving! Keep me posted on your pillow project, I would love to see it when done!


  4. I love this and can’t wait to try it! I featured it on my blog today, just wanted to let you know.


  5. Hi heather. I love this and I love enchanted makeovers. I am the MA chapter representative. I look forward to reading more on your blog!

    • Amy,
      I am so glad you like it! I just love the way it turned out and look forward to seeing how others interpret the pattern.

  6. Beautiful pillow! I wish i had the time and patience to sew, but you inspiring me! Your Etsy shop looked great! Stopping by from Serenity You’s hop. I’m having a hop at my blog too if you’d like to join: I hope to see you there 🙂

  7. These are so cute! I’m pinning them to make up a couple for my daughter’s room when we decide on colors!

  8. I am a beginner at sewing but I can see that I would be able to do this! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial. So pretty!


  9. That peacock pillow is simply gorgeous Heather! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Absolutely beautiful peacock pillow. Love the fabric you choose. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  11. This is so beautiful. You do great work!

  12. i love the pattern but i’ve had the worst time trying to download

  13. This is beautiful! I love the colors and patterns and the fact that you upcycled fabric from old t-shirts.


  14. Hi Heather! I love this! Stopping by to let you know I will be featuring you tomorrow~

  15. These were featured today on Serenity Saturday Link Party @ http://www.serenityyou.com

  16. Rita Carvalho says

    This is a beautiful pillow! And a great idea for reusing fabric! Thank you for the pattern!

  17. Amy Stebbins says

    I adore peacocks. This pillow is so cute! Nice job!

    • I am so happy you like it Amy. I would love it if you gave it a go and sent one to the team at Enchanted Makeovers!

  18. Great job! It is such an adorable pillow and amazing execution!

  19. Great project, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  20. Wow!! Love this pillow! Thanks for the post!

  21. This is such a beautiful project for a tremendously important cause! I admire you. Thanks you very much for this post!! 😉

  22. Mandy |Small Fine Print| says

    i love peacocks! this turned out awesome! found you via petite hermine- pinned this 🙂


  23. I love the Peacock pillow. So glad it was featured on Petite Hermine.

  24. how can I download the pattern for the peacock pillow

    • Hello Teresa,
      Try it again. Since so many were having trouble downloading from scribd. So, I have uploaded again and given it a separate page on the blog. I hope you enjoy it and share pictures of the final pillow.

  25. I love peacock ,there so pretty, I have a ipad only, I am not computer savey I would like to know how I can put this instruction on my ipad? Thank you

    • Hello Patti, I’m not sure you can save anything to your iPad. However, you could bookmark the page or even pin the content to your Pinterest account for later. I’d love to see a picture of your pillow when finished.

  26. karrie loughridge says

    thank you soo much I made one of these and just blogged about it today http://tinks-thotful-spot.blogspot.com/2015/03/make-it-monday-peacock-pillow.html

  27. This looks amazing!!