11/14/11

tutorial: felt monogram pillow

Happy Monday! I have another one of my guest posts for you today. This one was from the blog swap I did with Rachel from Maybe Matilda (see her post here). I am finally getting back into some creative time, so look for some new stuff from me soon. I have four or five things in the works right now, so it is just a matter of finishing a few things up, photographing, editing, and writing the posts. Okay, so maybe it will be a few days...

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I was the one who suggested to Rachel that we swap blogs for the day. I also suggested that we do our take on making the same thing. I may have also suggested pillows. (I sure do sound pushy, don't I?) What was I thinking when I suggested pillows? I only have myself to blame for the afternoon of frustration I had while working on this project. I barely know how to sew so I don't know why I suggested it. I should have just spray painted an existing pillow (isn't that what you do in blog world? spray paint everything?). 

I finally decided on a felt monogram pillow.


It ended up turning out ok, but lets just say I got friendly with my stitch picker thing. See? Not a seamstress, so don't expect anything technical here. 

I got this fabulous mustard colored felt at JoAnn's. It is sold on the bolt in the fabric section and is 35% wool so it is really sturdy. I cut out 2 14" squares, and another small piece to cut the monogram out of. 

To get the "pattern" for my monogram, I just used Word and picked a font I liked. 


When I had my letter the size I wanted, I taped a piece of paper over my screen and carefully traced it (you don't want to poke a hole in your screen). 


 No wasted ink, which is great since I only remember to buy ink for the printer about once a year. 


 Cut out your monogram, trace onto your felt face down, and cut out. 


Once you have your monogram cut out, pin in to where you want it on your pillow.

This is where I started having some trouble. It took a bit of practice for me to carefully stitch around the m and I got to pick out stitches four or five times.

I managed to get it mostly right, but see that last leg of the m over on the right? It is sitting just a little higher than the rest of the m. You live, you learn. Next time, spray paint. I am only halfway kidding...


 Pin your pillow sides together, sew, and stuff. 


It turned out really pretty, despite my issues. If you are a talented sewer, I bet you could finish this project in under an hour. I think these would make great newlywed or Christmas gifts. Easy, inexpensive, and personal. Perfect. 

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16 comments:

  1. It's really great! I would never guess you aren't a sewer. I love the color on color effect. Super cute!

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  2. How fun! I love that the monogram is the same color as the pillow :)

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  3. This is really cute Allison. I never would have guessed that you don't sew. Great job! Thanks also for the tutorial. I think I might try it!

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  4. First of all, I gasped. Aloud. The idea of tracing the letter of the screen? Just what I was looking for! (like you, buying printer ink is a once-a-year thing) I'm hoping to put up a text border in my Steampunk Sherlock Study and was fretting how to get letter stencils, for cheap, with no ink. Thank you, thank you! The cushion is pretty cool, too!

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  5. Wow, great turn out..Very neat and creative idea :)) Love it..I am officially following ya with smiles, loving your space here, so much inspiration..Would love for you to pweeease share this at my Pin Inspirational party happening today if you can..Thanks again..I'm Marilyn & wishing ya a sweet start to your weekend.. http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/pininspirational-thursday.html

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  6. Hello,
    I love your pillow and featured it in a recent blog post. Please feel free to share.

    http://radcrafter.com/2011/11/pillows-pillows-everywhere/

    Sincerely,
    Alida

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  7. featured this today! http://kimboscrafts.blogspot.com/2011/11/shoutouts.html

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  8. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

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  9. Great job--it's a beautiful pillow! I would have NEVER noticed that last leg of the M except that you pointed it out. I understand how that goes though when you make something yourself!

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  10. I'm visiting from the CSI Project and this pillow is too cute! You did a great job and what a cute blog you have! PS. I am in love with your mini chair pin cushion!

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  11. visiting from CSI. cute pillow. GREAT tutorial!

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  12. I love it! It was MY favorite pillow over at the finalist at CSI pillow challenge...I think it looks great (who is going to get a magnifying glass to check each stitch?).

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  13. I love the idea but a lowercase L would probably disappear, would have to use caps, d@rn! {giggle}

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  14. I love this! I have to go get some fabric now and get started! I also love your little chair pin cushion in picture 8 (: love this!

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