October 06, 2010

The Petal Pillow with MY Momma

So you've met my little sis and seen stuff she's done, but today you get a piece of my mom.  My mom is crazy-talented.  She sewed all our prom dresses and a billion other things over the years.  She also sews ridiculously fast, which I envy.  She makes her sewing machine sound like a race car.

As you know, my sister recently redid her room, so my mom joined in on the action and made her a cool pillow as well.  Here is it.  I'm going to call it the Petal Pillow because that just sounds pretty.


I'm going to show you how she did it, so let's get down to business.

If you want to make your pillow this size (which is very large) you will need 2 yards of fabric.  Cut 2 circles of fabric the size of the pillow you want.  (Her pillow has 4 rows of petals and is 27 inches accross.  You could do just 3 rows with a 21 inch diameter.)

Iron on fusible interfacing (like pellon) to one side of a large portion of fabric.  You'll be cutting your petals from this piece.  Put another piece of fabric underneath it so that when you cut out your petals you have all the layers you need.  Trace the petals onto the interfacing side. 


You will need enough petals to go all the way around the pillow and the petals will be placed tightly next to each other.  Place the petals wrong side together, sew the edges (leaving the bottom unsewn), invert them, and iron them flat.


Pin the petals in place and sew them on with a tight zigzag stitch (to avoid fraying).  If you need more of a guide you can draw a circle on the pillow with a water soluble pencil.

The petals get smaller as you move inward.  The petals are also sewn closer together as you move inward and they cover where the previous row of petal is sewn on.



As you move to the inner two circles the petals have one pleat so that they curve upward a bit, like a real petal.



In the center you can put a button.  Because her pillow is large she covered a plastic lid and inserted a little batting between the lid and the fabric.  It's kind of like a giant covered button.  She sewed it on with some decorative beads.


Lastly, pin all the petals in to sew the pillow together.  Place wrong sides together, sew, invert, stuff it with a lot of batting, and hand stitch the opening closed.


I think it would also look great in all one color or if each layer were slightly darker.  There are lots of possibilities, but any way you make the pillow it will add some fun texture and interest to any room.


If you want to make the pillow and you don't feel like you can draw the petals then let me know.  I can create a PDF download for the petals if you need it.

Yeah, my mom rocks.  You can tell her what you think in the comments.  She'll be reading them.

Thanks for dropping in!

ADDENDUM: You can get the PDF for the petals HERE.  My Mom did another pillow like this (pictured below) and in the PDF she gives new measurements.  She also pleated every row of petals and prefered that.

43 comments:

  1. This is soooo beautiful!!!Wish I would be so able!!!!

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  2. Aren't mom's the best! Your mom totally rocks!!!

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  3. Oh my goodness, I love this! So cute!

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  4. That is jaw dropping AWESOME!

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  5. this looks amazing. can you clarify though for me...on the sewing the petals and then the entire pillow together, you said to pin the wrong sides together, sew and then invert. am i missing a step or wouldnt that end up wrongside out? i always try to read instructions before i actually try a project and i am just stumped here! thanks for the awesome inspiration

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  6. This pillow is awesome! Definitely will have to add this to my never ending to-do list...lol...also I saw your interview today with So you think your crafty, and I had no idea you sang too...your music is wonderful! You're one very talented lady! :0)

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  7. O.K. so now we see where all this talent comes from. You girls have been blessed with an incredible talented mom. And so good for you that all the talent has rubbed off. The pillow is beautiful. Good work MOM

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  8. Adorable!!!! What a great accent pillow. Good Work Mom!!!

    I would love a PDF with the petal sizes. :)

    cara@thevandams.com

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  9. I am new to following your fabulous blog. I just love this pillow is there a way I can get the pdf with the petal size? Thank you.

    thebucket1@hotmail.com

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  10. Wow! What a cute pillow :) Thanks for the tute Cheri & Mom. Would love a PDF of the petals....I'm terrible at free hand :)

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  11. OH MY GOODNESS! I have to make this!

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  12. Absolutely beautiful! I love the color choice too.

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  13. WOW! How beautiful and yet so simple. Thanks for sharing your secrets. I'd love to make me some of these.

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  14. This is so cute! I am thinking of adapting it for a bag instead of a pillow.

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  15. How fun! I love the colors!

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  16. Beautiful! You guys are so talented! I wish so badly that my mom knew how to sew and could have taught me some stuff!

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  17. that's a whole lot of petals and even more patience!

    Just wanted to let you know I have chosen you to receive a blog award!http://bugcreator.blogspot.com/2010/10/happy-101.html

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  18. Wow, that looks great, you could do the same thing for a purse! Cute idea!

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  19. So dang cute. I am in love. I featured your pillow on my Blog...http://alidawnscrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/cutest-pillow-ever.html.
    THanks for the great idea's. Ali

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  20. I love it! Thank you for sharing this! How talented are you all!
    One more project on my to-do list ;-)

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  21. Oh that is just suppa cute! Thank you for posting this, I needed inspiration. Now I just need more hours in the day...

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  22. I featured you on my blog - Life with the Lebedas. Swing by and grab your "featured' button. Love your blog!!

    Your welcome to link up your other crafts!

    http://lebedafamily.blogspot.com/2010/10/craftify-it-thursday.html

    Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas
    www.lebedafamily.blogspot.com

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  23. Love this pillow. Now, I can see where Cheri get her talent. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I love this pillow! If I was dedicated and talented enough, I would try out this project myself :)

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  25. You have to be very talented and patient for this one. The fabric color is gorg! I still luv the framed calendar pictures idea - Momma to iammomma :)

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  26. This is one of the coolest pillows I've seen in awhile. I'm featuring this post on my blog if you'd like to check it out.
    Sassysanctuary.blogspot.com

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  27. Oh, my...I want to paint my room gray and yellow so I can make this to go with it. It is beautiful!

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  28. Love it!! I think I'll do it up ombre style in my wedding colors and hand it to my sweet little ring bearer!! Thank you so much for the plan for a less than classic and way more exciting ring pillow--we can even keep it on the couch to brighten up the room after the big day.

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  29. I love Love LOVE this pillow (and your blog)! I had the same question as keight dukes about putting the wrong sides together, sew, and invert but wouldn't that cause the wrongs to be on the outside? Please clarify for me and also would love a pdf of the petals.

    Thanks-
    Callie
    callie_c17@hotmail.com

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  30. That is the cutest pillow! I love it!

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  31. YOur mom is one crafty grandma! I love this! so beautiful. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com tomorrow.

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  32. Absolutely amazing! I am so gonna make one!

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  33. I love those pillows! Im definately going to attempt to make one so thanks for the tute. Thank you "Someday crafts" for the link to this! x

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  34. Your mom ROCKS! I linked to your tutorial at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-petal-pillow/2010/10/26/

    --Anne

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  35. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  36. Oh I just love it!!!
    thanks for the tute

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  37. Gorgeous pillow, exactly what i need to finish off my bedroom. I have added your blog to my favorites, you have lots of neat ideas.

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  38. thats so cool your mommy really rocks..

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  39. and i am really going to make one...

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