Monday, November 30, 2009

Gift Idea: Quilted Pillow

Quilted pillows are such a GREAT gift! They can be so quick and simple to make, depending on the amount of piecing. Here is a quickie that I put together for the Pillow Talk {Swap} that is taking place on flickr....

For this pillow, I used varied-width strips of fabric (different prints) and cut them all to 5 inches in length. When I stitched them side-by-side, it made a simple patchwork strip that off-set the pillow front. I then quilted the front piece to a piece of batting, using dark chocolate brown thread in the shape of wood grain...super simple and I was able to use my regular piecing foot instead of a darning foot on the machine.

I then added a little deer silhouette and used my darning foot to applique it to the pillow top. The back of the pillow is a simple envelope closure. I was a little worried that it didn't overlap enough to hold in a thick pillow form, so I added some ties to the back, just-in-case. The sleeve fits an 18" x 18" pillow form, found at your local craft store.

I'm planning some more pillows for Christmas gifts...I'm thinking a "string quilt" pattern will look really nice! More to come!.......happy sewing!

8 comments:

Jackie said...

What a beautiful pillow! You make such awesome things. Great job!

smallgrapes said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I don't know a single person who wouldn't love receiving that.

Leslie said...

this is beautiful....i love these fabrics and your quilting is genius.

Trin said...

Gorgeous pillow! Thank you for this idea! It is the perfect gift for those last couple people I had on my list that I was stubbed on what to get! I whipped up 4 pillows tonight and have more planned!

jaybird said...

very cute!! and it is a super easy perfect gift!!

STEPHANIE. said...

these are absolutely adorable!

rosie's whimsy said...

What a beautiful job! I love your whimsy :-)

rosie/fabric shopper

Allison said...

hey you....you've been quite over here in blog land so I thought I better check on you and make sure my quilting buddy is doing ok! Hopefully you had a great holidays! -Allison