Monday, February 21, 2011

DIY Color Path Pillow

I was inspired by this pillow cover from West Elm
Of course, you know me, I had to spice it up a little with color.  As you also know I have a small love affair with Anna Maria Horner's designs, and I have made many projects using her fabrics.  Since her patterns are so colorful, I thought it would be cool to use only her fabric scraps.  Plus - the majority of our bedroom quilt and window treatments is made from her stuff so it matches our room.

Would you like to make one?
Here's how:

*2 pieces of white fabric 12"x21"
*various scraps of fabric in whatever color palate you choose
*sewing machine/thread
*water soluble pen
*polyfil or pillow form

Step 1:  Cut out 60 2" circles.  The West Elm one has 80 I think, but I got tired of cutting circles and stopped at 60 :)  I think it helps to find a circle to trace - I used one of Charlotte's tiny tea cups.

Step 2:  Once you have your circles cut out 

- arrange them in stacks of three, making two rows of ten stacks.

Don't stack them right on top of each other -  you want the bottom two layers to peek out.
Pin them to the pillow top in these rows - but put them close together - so that they are overlapping.  That will make the embellishment look full.  My first try I pinned (and sewed) them on like this:

Didn't look so good.  Got out the ripper.  
Pinned them on again like this:

Yes that's much better.

Step 3:  Once they are pinned on, use a stationary tacking stitch on your machine to tack the center of each stack.  This simply means use your zig-zag stitch, but decrease the length of the stitch so that the stitch just goes back and forth.  I didn't even bother to cut the thread between stacks as I was going.

After they were all tacked, I snipped the threads.

Step 4:  Cut small little slits into the edges of the circles, about 1/2" apart.  This will help them fluff up.  Once you have cut them, hold your iron over the circles and steam them - using your hand to "ruffle" the circles.  

Step 5:  Pin the pillow top and back right sides together.  Sew around the edges leaving about 5" to turn it.  Turn it then stuff it.

Hand whip the opening closed.  That's it.  A colorful addition to your home decor.

have a lovely day - and go make your home lovely too!


  1. I love West Elm! Your pillow is better than theirs!

  2. This is such a fabulous pillow!! The bright colors really pop against the white background.

    I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  3. Stopping over from craft gossip. I love this, great tutorial! I'm off to check out the rest of your blog.

  4. Jessica this is so cute!! I love the fabric you chose - what a great knockoff! I agree - yours is so much cuter!

  5. Like your pillow better as the colors are more fun!!!

  6. I think I will make one of these with the entire front covered in circles. this is really cute!

    1. I like that idea, too, Sunni. These little pillows are cute!!

  7. Love your pillows and the way you put them together.

  8. The pillow is fantastic!Love it! I am going to make one right now.

  9. You outdid the inspiration. Very pretty!

  10. I did a round up of awesome accent pillows and included this one and your gorg bolster! If you want to check out the post, here's the link:

  11. OMGOsh, that is BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely love it! Bookmarking... following... pop on by and see what I'm sewing :)

  12. Love, the pillow, it is one of my favs next to the bag you are giving away. Would you sell the pillow or bag in the etsy shop? -Sincerely, your childhood neighbor, Rachel

  13. Fantastic!!! Will add this idea to my "bucket".

  14. Love the pillows, both! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  15. Love the pillows, both! And your bags and blogs! Thank you so much!

  16. Very nice job. I agree it looks better than WEs version.

    I featured your project this week at my DIY home column.

  17. I'm here via Bromeliad to say that it looks super and worth all your ingenious effort.

  18. What a cute pillow

  19. Dear Jessica, I just discovered you via Pinterest. One AMH fan to another - I adore this pillow. You may consider entering it into the April Blogger's Pillow Party, if you'd like to win some Kona solids. either way, nice to meet you!

  20. I can't wait to give this a try. If there is one thing I have, it's lots of leftover fabric!

  21. New follower! So much fun and useful stuff to see. Thanks.

  22. this is lovely! Like having a rainbow in the room!

  23. I LOVE yours so much better! It's so fun and colorful. Do you sell them by chance?

  24. I knew you and I were kindred spirits when I saw your daughters tea cup as a template! When my sons were little I used to use their He-man figures and small Tonka trucks as pattern weights! I am an absolute hoarder of scraps and am always on the lookout for fun, new projects. My grand daughter will love this pillow, her room is rainbow so it is perfect! I'm going to see about adapting the idea to make bands of the rainbow circles to go around her lampshade and I think a dresser scarf is in order too. Don't you just love what happens when one great idea hits the universe!? Please don't call it a seam ripper {ugly words} I prefer to think of it as a "handheld stitchery reversal implement"- Isn't that better ha-ha!


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