The inspiration to make more pillows came from a sweater in my wardrobe, a beautiful soft grey wool. It was a lovely sweater except for the row of ruffles that landed on my backside when I wore it, making me feel like I was wearing a onesie. No woman should feel like she’s wearing a onesie.
I pulled some red piping and black lining fabric from my stash, harvested a zipper from an old pair of pants (the same ones used for the Dementor costume), and combined it all with the ruffles to make a 50cm x 50cm pillow case. I used a leftover ruffle and a red button to make a flower. With great difficulty (the zipper is too small), I stuffed it with a pillow from my linen closet.
In the end I was underwhelmed. It has a homemade (in the wrong sense of the word) look to it, but there is no way I’m pulling it apart, especially as I finished the inside seams with my serger. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I suspect removing or replacing the flower would help, but for now I’ll probably just stuff it in the linen closet.
For the next pillow I used some leftover upholstery fabric from a friend and stretchy gold velour that I bought four years ago in order to make Christmas costumes. I made a 40cm x 60cm case with a button closure on the front and learned that I’m not very good at buttonholes. I will need more practice before I attempt any button-down shirts.
To doll it up, I crocheted two roses from this pattern, one large and one small, using gold cotton and a 3.5mm hook for a loose stitch. The large one took just over an hour to make, and the smaller one just under an hour.
I was happier with this end result, though I think it needs another rose or two. Maybe a couple of small ones? I don’t know if I’ll keep it or gift it, but either way it will find a good home where it can see the light of day.
Finally, I pulled out some super soft Riley Blake flannel leftover from a baby blanket project last year. I sewed two 40cm x 40cm squares together (right sides together, then turned right side out), and stitched twice around the outside: once 2.5cm in to snugly encase a 30×30 pillow, and then about half a centimetre from the edge to give a neat topstitched look and to close the original opening.
This pillow is my favourite. I like the flappy edges, it’s soft and cosy, and it will go well with just about anything. It’s the perfect Sunday-afternoon-nap-on-the-couch pillow.
So there you have it, a hat trick of pillows! Which one is your favourite?
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Cost of all Things to date: €84.01