Last time I was in my Local Quilt Shop I received a tutorial flyer for a very cute round pillow. Everytime I buy fabric there, I get one of these nice tutorials. Great stuff!
(I have tried to find this tutorial online, but could not locate it.)
As you can see, the tutorial has you cut out the templates and select the desired fabrics.
Which I did…. and that left me with big chunks cut from my pink fabric. That was OK, as these fabrics I had plenty of.
The round pillow was nice, but I wanted a bit more quirky, a bit more floral.
So, I reshaped it.
But that left me with scraps. Even more weird shaped pieces of left over fabric.
Looking at the pink pillow, I saw I could create the same look if I used strips of fabric instead of cutting several pieces with templates. This new construction technique would not give me as much fabric play, but it would eliminate fabric waste. (or at least leave you with rectangular scraps in the end)
I am working on a tutorial for that flower pillow. Before I overload you with a gazillion pictures of how to make one yourself, I will show you my pillows first.
Option 1 looked the most interesting to me, so I pieced it together. These pillows are just stuffed and sewn shut.
Adding some simple FMQ with the curved longarm rulers and the special ruler toe.
It is big!
I decided to try a smaller size!
Starting with this:
See, the middle strip is smaller than before?
Adding lots of FMQ this time!
As some of you might have already guessed, there are TWO parts to this pillow construction. The front and back are each others mirror image. So instead of making one flower pillow, you could do two! Use a another fabric for the back and hey presto!
(Oh scrap, I sewed on some scraps….)
The pillow put together.
and yeah… OF COURSE I just had to make a third version…
This one is still just a top. I do not know if I will turn this into another pillow, or two pillows as I have two of these. Maybe turn one into a tabletopper?
The pattern for this pillow does create some scraps too, but you COULD if you are up to some FUSSY PIECING turn them into a small round pillow! ( I mean, this is just for those quiltaholics… you know who you are! )
I have cut out the centre of this piece as it was very bulky. I will applique a circle over the hole later.
For the construction of a flower pillow you need:
– 3 different fabrics, 3 strips or each WOF: outer strips need to be the same width. ( 9 strips in total )
– a ruler with 60 degree angles (lines) on it.
– regular sewing and quilting supplies.
You can find a tutorial on the construction for this star /flower pillow HERE.
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