If you know me even remotely well, you know I am NOT a sewer! I have wanted to be a sewer for some time now, but I just haven’t been brave enough to actually start. I finally broke out my sewing machine a couple months ago when my mother-in-law helped me make my first pillow cover. I was so surprised with how easy it actually was, that I decided to try another pillow cover all on my own! I am so pleased with how this one turned out, too! And I may just have a new love for sewing now! I, surprisingly, feel a lot more comfortable with my sewing machine, even after just a few encounters!
Okay, enough jabbering, onto the tutorial!
I started by rough cutting a piece of burlap. I knew I was going to cut it down to a better size and shape later, I just wanted something to start with that wasn’t connected to the rest of the 5 yards I had! If you want to cut your exact piece now, by all means, do so!
Once you have your fabric cut, pin a strip of satin ribbon to the fabric. I only pinned one side at a time because I was afraid it would bunch up if I did them both at once.
Next, you’ll cut out your pieces for your back flaps. I used this tutorial to help me with cutting flaps. The back flaps will form your envelope closure at the back of your pillow cover. Once you cut out the flaps needed for the back work on them one at a time. Fold one piece of fabric over about a half inch and then sew.
Next, lay out the fabric for pinning. Remember to lay the fabric “inside out”. You want the insides of your pieces to actually be facing out. Lay the smaller flap on top of the larger one. This will leave you with the smaller flap underneath when you flip your pillow cover right side out. Make sure your edges line up (mine obviously didn’t – apparently I had an issue with measuring!) and pin together. Leave about a half inch between your pins and the edge of the fabric.
Onto the felt flower.
First draw out the petals onto your felt and cut them out. I wasn’t too accurate with my drawings. I get a little excited about my projects and like to rush things like this. I knew I could fix them later if I needed to, so they were just rough drawings.
…to glue the first layer of petals to your base. Then glue on your second layer, varying the petals so they don’t lie directly on top of one another.
You’ll use the rest of the circles to make your rosettes that go in the middle of the flower. Fold a circle in half and then fold it in half again so that one end has a point and one end looks like this.
I actually went a different route when I was playing around with the circles and decided to try folding them in half and then rolling them up. This is how they turned out. I liked them better, so I did the rest this way.
Next, roll up your rosettes and hot glue the bottoms. Stick those suckers onto your base and look up and see that you forgot to glue your smaller petals to the base! :) That’s okay. I’m actually glad I did this! I got all the rosettes on and then just kind of randomly sprinkled in the smaller petals where they fit. I think it looks a little more natural than laying them out in more of a pattern which I had planned to do.
This is where the flower base comes in handy. Just use that to sew into and you won’t damage any of the petals or rosettes. I kind of went in a square and then threw some stitches cross-ways. Note, I did NOT sew into the satin ribbon. I didn’t want to tear it or get a pull in it, so I stayed away from it!
For another fun take on a burlap pillow, click here.
Also, since I believe in giving credit where credit is due, here is a list of tutorials that helped me with this project. I couldn’t have done this without their help!
Pillow Tutorial (also noted above)
Felt Flower Pillow