A Wedding Gift for Jules

My good friend Julie is getting married in a few weeks! Of course I HAD to get her a gift for her shower this past weekend. While I was paroosing through her registries online, I was loving her selections. Julie’s got taste. Her brother may refer to her as a “hippie” but we like to call it “Bohemian Chic.” ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite item I spotted was this fine pillow from our friends at “Tarjay.”

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Felt Pillow from Target. $16.99

I remembered that we had some felt in our stash at job #1 and I had a hair-brained idea to recreate this pillow! I swear, people. I really do know how to sew things besides pillows…

I gathered up my felt.

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Cream, White, Light Grey, Dark Grey… and green?

We didn’t have any fabulous “mustard” colored felt ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We had Neon Yellow and and brownish, yellowish green… I chose the green.

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I hope I made the right decision…

I cut the 8 X 11 felt squares in half lengthwise. Then, using my rotary cutter and mat I kind of improvised the angular shapes…

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The green is growing on me… let’s hope Julie likes it ๐Ÿ™‚

Copying the picture of the “inspiration” pillow, I began to line up the felt strips onto an 18 X 12 inch piece of batting. (According to the details of the pillow online, that was the size of it).

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It’s starting to take shape!

After trimming a little here and there, I pinned the felt onto the batting to secure it in place.

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I decided the best way to sew this was to applique it. There are several ways to applique and most of the time that involves a zig zig; however, I opted for a regular old straight stitch.

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Just follow the “lines” of the fabric edges…

This took a good while to complete. When I was finished, I had to assemble the back panels of the pillow.

I found some coordinating fabric in my stash and cut 2 squares into 12 X 10 inch pieces. Half of 18 is 9 and I wanted to give myself room for error, so that’s how I arrived at 10…

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Pinned and prepped for sewing.

I ran one side of each of these panels under the needle. Raw edges are so not becoming ๐Ÿ™‚

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Much better!

Just like every other pillowcase I’ve ever made, I sewed the front (felt) panel to the back 2 smaller panels (Right sides together, of course). Turn it inside out and BAM! A pillow is born.

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Actually… it’s NOT a pillow, is it? It’s a pillow CASE!!!

Doh!

Now what??? I amuse myself sometimes with my blatant lack of “Hello, Captain Obvious!” moments… Like I’ve said before, every project is a learning experience ๐Ÿ™‚

I could just BUY a pillow form. That’s what God invented craft stores for… Then again, I could just make one. Duh.

Wouldn’t cha know, we had white quilting fabric and pillow stuffing ๐Ÿ™‚

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I cut 2 panels of the fabric to the dimensions of the pillow and sewed (right sides together) 3 of the 4 sides shut.

I turned it right side out and began to stuff it… This was also kind of tricky. When I was satisfied with the shape, I sewed down the fourth side of the pillow. Now, I truly have a pillow! The only thing left to do is put it in the felt case.

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This was the finished product.

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I tend do get “gift anxiety”… The pressure is even more dire when it’s something I actually MAKE for someone. I mean, this pillow wasn’t bad. I can live with the mistakes when it’s for ME, but I hold myself to a higher standard when it’s for someone else… I almost chickened out.

Oh, dear. No turning back now...
Oh, dear. No turning back now…

What d’ya know. She liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

And, guess who won a shower prize??? I dominate at shower games.ย  It’s true.

I do love me some Yankee Candle!
I do love me some Yankee Candle!
Moi, the bride, and Mandy. Love these girls!
Moi, the bride, and Mandy. Love these girls!

I could’ve just pony-ed up for the “real” felt pillow she registered for… but, this was actually more fun. Jules loved it (so she said!) ๐Ÿ™‚ And, there’s something special about a homemade gift even if it wasn’t perfect.

Congratulations, Jules. Can’t wait for the big day. It’ll be here before you know it.

 

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