Monday, August 9, 2010

flower pillow craft. girly goodness!

i feel like i haven't had a crafternoon in a while. but this is my birthday week and i am doing what i want to do when i want to do it. and that basically means when the kids go to bed...

anyway, i saw a flower pillow at pier 1 and decided not to spend $36 on because there's no room in the budget for such craziness. many times when i see things in a store, i think oh, that's too expensive...i could just make that. but really, do i make those things? uh, no. this time however, i did. booya, overpriced pillow!

so ALLS you need is a plain nerdy pillow (this would have been so cute on a circle pillow, dangit!)and a some long strips of fabric. you don't even need a sewing machine.
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start with a long strip of fabric and fold over( i used 2 strips, you'll just have to sew the ends together at the connecting point).

then sew the point of the fabric into the middle of the pillow.
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then circle the fabric around and around, stitching it into the pillow as you go.
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i like to kind of ruche the fabric at the bottom, so it gives me some more pleating and is a touch more dramatic.
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it's starting to take shape...get excited! i added another strip of fabric at this point. but if this were your end piece, fold it under the back of the fabric in front of it...sew it in place when it looks right. basically, just play with it and when you get it to a place think it looks ok. jimmy rigging is your friend!

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look at you with all your pillow friends...you really stand out.
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and then i made another pillow with 3 smaller flowers on it, because i had yet another sad and plain pillow that needed a little pizazz.
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this seriously took me 10 minutes and was FREE. i just saved myself 36 bucks. and it looks pretty with all the other pillows in the master bedroom. very girly. but whatever.

a great start to a good week. what other crafts will i do in honor of my 28th (oops) 29th birthday? probably nothing else... as i need to clean my house. oh reality, why do you bother me so.

16 comments:

  1. ummm, excuse me? you mean your 29th birthday?!

    such a liar.

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  2. PRECIOUS! I am totally copying this project just so you know...

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  3. love the pillow....could i have one of those, and the couch to go with it?? that couch is dying to be in some photo sessions of mine.... =)

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  4. love it. why are retailers so mean to us with their pillow prices? I got this bedding at kohls and the cute pillows which were the selling point to the bedding were FIFTY DOLLARS. EACH. I didn't buy them. Ikea rescued me with a 10 dollar pillow.

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  5. blahahahha! how did i write 28? i AM 29. thanks for being the keeper of my age, em. that's what besties are for.

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  6. 1. i know i've already told you this but.... I LOVE THAT COUCH.i have to say it's been a long time since i've had couch envy.
    2. the pillows are amazing. i will pay you to make some for me, because i have gotten craft-lazy.
    3. happy early b-day... we can celebrate at the end of august :)
    4. i just have to tell you that the "security word" under this comment box is: unessypu. seriously, so close to a dirty word. that is annoying. just had to share.
    love, jenn

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  7. crafternoon is good for you and wow, did it prove pretty on the eyes. great job crafterjames!

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  8. do not clean your house on your birthday week. hello isn't that what kids are for? put those babies to work.

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  9. so cute! I don't have any pillows.. but i do have a plain tote bag!

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  10. I'm bad at math and all, but since you made TWO pillows doesn't that mean you saved $72???

    So cute! Happy birthday!!! Let's celebrate.

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  11. LOOOOOOVE {said in a sing-song voice} this! Seriously, I will be making this. And then I will post it on my blog. And give you credit. :) BTW, my husband is now completely addicted to Groupon... All I did was send him the link to your lazer-hair removal deal. No joke.

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  12. omg, great diy with the pillow. i am doing this ASAP. kthxbye!!

    xoxo Mode Junkie

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  13. AH! i need this, i wish i saw it before i dropped 26$ on my target one. thanks for letting me in on it for future pillow making adventures (:

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