{NSM} Flower Pillow Made Easy

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Happy Friday! Today we are keeping it real and Gina is bringing glamour to the under appreciated, always utilized and almost dirty little secret that we all hide in the workroom.  And she is doing it in style.


National Sewing Month -The Sewing Loft


The Hot Glue Gun


Let’s face it, we all have one tucked away in a drawer somewhere.  Mine is hidden in the 2nd drawer of the main cabinet and it is so “loved”.  Especially around Halloween!  Now, let’s check out what Gina has in store for us.

Anything embellished tugs at my heart a little. Although my decorating style is a mixture of vintage cottage and industrial farmhouse, adding small accents with a big impact is my favorite way to bring a little personality into my home. I’d say a little pillow with a great big flower fits the bill, don’t you?
cutting muslinTo start, you need 108 inch wide muslin (or 3 yards of any other fabric).You need three 4-inch strips. Just snip…
bleached muslin strips  …and rip.
muslin strips
Stitch the ends together, so you have one super long (at least 9 ft.) strip.
Ruffler foot Now you’re gonna need a ruffler… unless you want to ruffle it by hand (and that’s cool, too.)
making ruffles Fold the strip in half, putting the folded end into the ruffler.
sewing ruffles Then ruffle it up! (My ruffler was set to ruffle every stitch, smallest gather, stitch length 4.0).
how to make a flower pillow Once you’re all ruffled and stuff, now it’s time for the flower making to begin. Start at the end of your ruffle.
fabric flower tutorial Take the end, and begin to roll it up. Not too tight, but good and snug.
making a fabric flower After you get a couple of inches rolled, you’re ready to glue.
hot glue fabric flower Just put down a dot, right on the seam line, and roll into it. Add another bit of glue every 2-3 inches, keeping it all held together.
rolling ruffles You want to keep the folded edge as even as possible. It’s going to turn out a bit towards the end, but the closer together you keep it in the beginning, the better it will look.
large fabric flower Once it’s too big to hold in one hand, flip it upside down and you’re going to start gluing every inch of it. Just run a bead of glue, then lay the ruffle down as you go. It’s much easier at this point because it holds itself up.
handmade pillow flower Just glue & press the ruffle in until you get to the end. When you get to the end, just let it stop where it is, it’s ok, I promise.
huge fabric flower See, the outer edges puff up a bit, but it just makes it prettier in the end.
burlap pillow cover You have a pillow form ready, right? I’ve found burlap is the easiest. Just make your form, then find a piece of glass (mine came out of an old frame I made into a chalkboard). {Find instructions for a pillow cover here.}
how to make a pillow Slide the glass inside the form, putting it under where you want the flower to be.
hot glue flower pillowNow take your flower, and smother the backside of it in hot glue.
hot glue DIY pillow cover Gobs of glue, I tell ya.
pillow Now smush the flower right where you want it on front of the pillow cover (on top of the glass.) Hold it there for a sec to let the lava hot glue quit oozing.
ruffles And now the magic happens….. after all those rounds of ruffles…
pretty pillow It’s done!

florette pillowAnd then you have a dahlia pillow!

Thanks to my sweet friend Heather for inviting me over here at The Sewing Loft today! Want to see more of my low-budget decorating ideas? Then scoot on over to find me at my blog The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Love the pillow, but don’t have the time to make it yourself? You’re in luck! It’s one of my best selling products in my Etsy shop. To celebrate hanging out with Heather today, you can save 25% off your order with coupon code SEWINGLOFT – good through Sunday.


I just love it Gina!! Thanks so much for keeping us all in check and proving that it is okay to make things work!  I can not tell you how many times I have wanted  to use my hot glue gun in a time crunch but felt guilty.


  1. Gina’s dahlia is gorgeous! I could see it framed, too, but I love the pillow!

  2. Wow, I never would have thought that was made with hot glue!

  3. very very clever! so pretty! so going to try this!