Handmade Thursday’s: Fall Pillow Craft

Eeeeeek! Fall is almost here and I am so excited.  I don’t know about you but it is my favorite time of year. The colors are awesome and though technically fall represents death I feel like all the colors make make my home come to life and look vibrant.  So, when this time of year arrives I start looking for new decor pieces.  But in reality I am crafty, so when I come across something I can make myself I am all about it!  Here I found a pillow that is so simple to make and is perfect for the fall.

What’s awesome about this pillow {besides how cute it is} is that it is meant to be made out of your fabric scraps! I don’t know about you crafty folks out there but when I’m sewing something I tend to have a ton of scraps left over that I just cant seem to part with. So, they sit in a specified canvas bag I have and wait.  They wait to be used again, hoping, praying that I will pull them out again and put them on something.  Now this is the perfect craft for those scraps and I can’t wait to tell them! Oh…. is it silly that I talk to my fabric? Maybe just a little right? Oh, no… you do it too? Well, then it’s okay! We’re all okay.

Anyway, have fun making this piece for your couches, bed, reading nook chair or more. And let’s give a warm thank you to Cluck Cluck Sew for the amazing idea and tutorial I’m going to share.

Fall Pillow Craft

This is what you will need, so go get it!

1. Scraps, enough for the tree trunk and the leaves. Cutting your scraps into rectangles will make it easier to adhere them to the appliqué material.

2. Appliqué material: I use Heat’ n Bond. You’ll need about 1/2 yard or more depending on how many leaves you want to make.

3. Material for the pillow front, cut to 17″ x 17″ square. I used lightweight canvas and prefer home weight material, but you could use anything.

4. Material for the back. Cut 1 rectangle 17″x 14″ and cut 1 rectangle 17″x 10″.

Here’s how you can make it, so go do it!

1. Iron your fabric scraps onto your appliqué material according to the directions on the appliqué material.

2. Now with scissors cut out your trunk and leaf shapes. For the trunk, draw the shape of the trunk on the back of the appliqué material to get a nice shape. For the leaves, just free cut. And for reference the trunk in the image is 8″ tall, and the leaves are about 2.5″ long and are 1.5″ wide.

3. Once everything is cut out, tear the backing appliqué paper off the leaves and trunk.

4. Next, arrange the leaves and trunk how you want on your pillow front. Don’t place any within an 1.5″ of the edges to leave room for sewing.

5. Once your design is how you like it, press with an iron over each spot for a few seconds.  This will keep everything in place while you sew them on.

6. Now you can sew either along the inside edges of your leaves, or you can do a zig zag stitch or blanket stitch around the edges if you prefer. {TIP: Cluck Cluck Sew recommends moving your foot from leaf to leaf without cutting the strings so it goes faster, then you can go back and cut the strings at the end. Nice tip, thanks!}

7. You’ll then want to prepare your pillow back. Fold one of the short edges of each pillow backing piece in 1/2″ and press, then again 1/2″ and press and sew to hide any raw edges. These will be the edges of the envelope back.

8. Lay the backing pieces right sides down onto the pillow front over lapping the centers. Place the larger pieces down first since it makes the cover easier to slip on. Be sure your right sides are facing towards the right sides of your pillow front and your outer edges match.

9. Pin around the edges to hold it all in place. Sew with a 1/4″ inseam around the edges, backstitch over the envelope openings for extra strength. {TIP: Cluck Cluck Sew recommends that after the initial sewing you go around the edges with a serger, pinking shears or a quick zig zag stitch. Its especially important if you are using home weight fabric which tends to fray easily. Thanks again!} Then clip your extra corner fabric off so the corners will turn nicely.

10. Turn it inside out and stuff a 16″ pillow form in it.

That’s it! You’re done. Wow, doesn’t it look great? I’d love to see it since using fabric scraps means they all will look different. Let the sharing begin!

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