My living room sofa could use a few new pillows, which means I'm headed to the studio. I love making throw pillows, because they are easy sewing projects I can use to try out stitching designs and techniques.
A pattern I've been dying to try is one I first saw a couple of years ago on Quilting Daily. This Felt Confetti Pillow by Lisa Cox attracted me because it combines two of my favorite things: felt fabric scraps and hand sewing.
You can make the pillow cover from scratch, as directed in the Winter 2010/Spring 2011 issue of Stitch magazine. Or you can buy a plain pillow cover and just add the decoration yourself with hand stitching.
Felt Confetti Pillow Decoration
1. Using the appliqué template from the magazine and a fabric pen, draw and then cut out the following from assorted wool or polyester felt scraps: 42 small circles, 40 medium circles, and 8 large circles. Note: You can make your own template with the following dimensions: 1" diameter for the small circles, 2" diameter for the medium circles, and 3" for the large circles.
2. Pin the felt circles to the pillow front, layering some of the smaller circles on the larger circles, as desired. Leave at least 1" clearance between the outermost circles and the outer edge of the pillow front.
3. Stitch around the perimeter of the circles to attach them to the pillow front using two strands of matching embroidery floss and your preferred embroidery stitch, such as running stitch or blanket stitch.
There are many easy sewing projects like these pillows in back issues of Quilting Arts Magazine and Stitch in print, CD collections, or in a downloadable digital format.
P.S. Do you make pillows? Do you prefer hand sewing your design or machine stitching? Leave your comment below.