Saturday, April 30, 2011

Monogram Pillow

I cannot even begin to describe how tickled I am over how this pillow turned out.

Anyone who circulates around the craft blogs has seen these pillows. The ones I have seen have used the "Edwardian Script" font, which is truly beautiful. I wanted to do something with a bit of a twist, and since I havne't seen one done this way, I'm taking credit for NOT completely copying someone HAHA!

I went to Hancock's on my lunch break with all intentions of getting a kahki-colored linen and either some black or cream felt. In the first row was all the pretty Spring colors... then I zeroed in on this gorgeous turquois color.

Now let me state, my style of decorating is not color-coordinated. I love ALL different kinds of colors and I just mash them up. Can't help myself LOL.

So I picked this turquoise color and had 2 yards cut, because, YEAH ME it was on sale for 40% off. Whoo-hoo! I had a 16" pillow form and knew I could get 4 pillows out of the 2 yards... I'm already thinking ahead about selling these :-)

I ventured over to the felt to decide on a color. I didn't like the cream; black was too dark. I saw a chocolate brown and thought "Let's try it." I wasn't 100% sure about it, but went with it.

I used my rotary cutter, ruler and mat to cut a 17" length of the linen. Out of that I cut a 17" square and split the rest of the length in two (I used an envelope closure on the back of the pillow).

The font I used is "Harrington", so I cut the letter out of felt, pinned to the front (which took me awhile to get centered) and stitched the letter on. I placed a 17" square of fusible batting on the pillow and machine stitched around the letter to quilt the pillow front.

The front was out of square from the quilting, so I used my rotary cutter again to square it up. I was left with a 16.5" square. I normally make my pillow smaller than the form so it's looks fuller. I sewed the front and backs together, turned and inserted the pillow form.

I am so in love with this!

This item is for sale here.

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  1. I think it looks great! Was it easy to sew around the letter like that? I have a feeling mine would look, well, not nearly as nice.

  2. VERY easy. I used a walking foot that would be used for quilting. Believe me... it's not perfect. But aren't we always our own worst critics? LOL

  3. Even tho I do look at some blogs, I have not seen this technique done so thank you for sharing it! You never know when YOUR post will be the one that someone sees and gives them inspiration.

  4. Thank you so much Miss Kitty!

  5. Now that is super, duper adorable! I SO need to learn to sew so I can do some of these adorable crafts! ")


  6. Wow....lovely! I love your color choices and the pillow is outstanding.

  7. I love Turquoise and Brown together. What a beautiful pillow! Did it take long to stitch around the letter - I just love how you did that!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love your pillow, the quilting and colors and initial all go together perfectly! Thank you for sharing it at Masterpeice Monday. Have great week, Mary :O)

  9. Cute! I love the color combination! Found you @ Tip Junkie

  10. I love the colors! Great choices. I haven't seen this type of pillow before - it's cute! Might have to try it out for myself..

  11. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This pillow is SO MUCH fun. Thanks for the great blog full of inspiration.

  12. Ahhh I love this pillow! I'm a new followers of yours--love your blog. I'd love if you linked up to Sew Woodsy!

  13. Lesley-

    Great color choices, and yes, I haven't seen this exact pillow anywhere on blogosphere {and I get around a lot} truly is an original!

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

  14. That really looks amazing ... I love the way you sewed all around the letter. Great idea!

  15. Very cute, love the color and how you sewed around the letter! Wahoo for the material being on sale!!

  16. Visiting from tater tots - love your pillow - I bet these would sell no problem.

  17. Love your pillow...the colors look great together!!

    Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'! I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

  18. I found your blog through Sew Cute Tuesday!!! Your pillow is lovely:) I'm obsessed with pillows, I can't get enough of sew much inspiration out there:) I'm following, cause I want to see more of your beautiful makes:)
    Hope you have a great day!!!
    p.s. It would be great if you had the time to stop by my blog, maybe you'll find something inspiring:)

  19. Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week...

  20. Ohhh, love this too! Okay, going to become a follower now! You talked me into it!



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