I know you’ve seen these amazingly gorgeous pillows in all the home décor magazines and upscale décor stores. And . . . I know they usually have amazingly high prices. So . . . I know you’re going love learning how to make Dimensional Flower Pillows all by yourself!
Spring means the flowers are beginning to bud and bloom but often, we still have plenty of rain, too. So, for those “kind of gloomy days”, you can bring the outdoors in with a garden of Dimensional Flower Pillows! And, if your thumb has always been a little more black than green, you, too, can now grow a garden. I think you’re really going to have fun with this!
The materials needed are simple and inexpensive – much more my style and probably yours, too. Start by choosing felt in the color(s) you want for your flowers. I made that multiple for a reason – you’ll want a whole garden of these charmers, so plan to make two or three or more! Then think about what you want for the background fabric. Ann Le, who wrote the tutorial for these blooming beauties, used solids, chevrons and a lattice print. Audition your felt with background options to see which ones make you smile. You’ll also need pillow forms or old pillows that need recovering.
Okay, we have to talk for a minute before we move on. Ann Le glued her flower in layers to her pillow tops, but in my house, they’re going to be stitched. I tried this on a sample and the stitching just seems so much more secure. As a passionate sewist, I’m not a fan of glue guns for this type of thing. But, if you love glue gunning, I won’t send the sewing police to your door. Grow your pillows in the manner that works best for you!
You’ll find a template to download in the tutorial, so there will be no guessing about petal size. I think it would be fun to reduce the petal size and make mini-flowers in clusters on a pillow, too. Think about making different colors of petals on a flower for a variegated look. If you’re making these as a gift and the recipient has a favorite flower, go with those colors. As Ann Le suggests, be sure to flip your template back and forth while you’re cutting petals to get as many out of your fabric as possible.
Assembling your flower is simple. You’ll form the petals into cones and secure them with stitching or glue. Make all your petals first and keep the three sizes of petals in separate stacks, so layering will be easy. And . . . there’s a You Tube video! You’ll find the link in Ann Le’s tutorial, click here.
Here’s a little more inspiration from other tutorials for you!
The dramatic look of this color combo is stunning. What a difference a color makes! Click here to see more about this version.
Mini-flowers filling a lace background create another striking version of Dimensional Flower Pillows. Lace used in the petals would be lovely, too! Click here to see more about this pillow.
A little different petal shape with an added scallop, makes a fun finished bloom. Try it! Click here to see more.
And, there you go! Pick your posies, make them bloom and bring the outdoors in!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.