Saturday, November 20, 2010

DIY Folded Felt Flower Pillow

I made this pillow recently (as I happily procrastinated between packing and unpacking and cleaning and organizing and laundry...):









You will need:

1)   2 yards of felt

You can buy 2 yards of medium quality at Joanns 
or
3-5  18" squares of high quality felt from Felt on the Fly
*The main difference between the two is how it will wear over time (and the price of course).  
The medium quality pills, the high quality has very little pilling.  I vote high quality if it's in the budget.

2)   Glue gun with lots of glue sticks

3) Olfa circle cutter (unless you are gifted at cutting your own circles)

4) Sewing machine (if you're making a pillow & not just the flowers)





I've been wanting to make a felt pillow ever since I this one online like a year ago:



But for the life of me I couldn't quite figure out how to mimic those roses (however, now I think I might've discovered how they did it). So, when I saw a similar style in this post I got busy immediately (and yes, ignored the packing that had to be done). Here's my how to (which includes a couple "cheaters" tips):

Cheaters tip #1, Olfa Rotary Circle Cutter (which I bought at Joanns with a 40% off coupon). SO much time and frustration saved with this gadget:



Fold once (I put a dab of glue in the center, my others cheaters tip):



Fold twice (& put another dab of glue):



If you're not using glue, this is where you sew.



If you are (like me!) glue again in the center of the second fold



Find center & measure even borders to form a square (I use tailors chalk to mark my square):





Cheaters tip #2, The fine tipped glue gun. At about this phase I ran out of patience with the sewing of each rosette (yeah I think I made it to 3) and resorted to the glue gun (don't judge). And I don't think I touched the sewing needle after that.





After much gluing (and tender finger tips) here's the end result:



And I'll post more pics when it's stuffed and happy on my couch.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

We've moved

Well we moved this past Sunday and we love our new place. It's an apartment nestled among a lot of trees (a rarity in Dallas) and it's really quite and residential here, as opposed to clusters of apartments and shops. We still don't have internet (I'm sitting close to the window, borrowing the leasing offices connection), so it will be a while until I check back in here. But for now, I leave you with the color scheme that I dreaming up for our living room (found at one of my new favorite places loonymag.com).



It's so fun to nest again. Although moving should be rated at the top of stressful experiences. It was funny, when the movers were bringing up our boxes I kept saying, "Is that the last of them?" They would laugh at me and say, "Nope." And the boxes just kept coming. I don't remember accumulating so much stuff. How?! My mom flies in next Saturday and I am so looking forward to her visit. I feel like I need her "nesting hands" right now. We will definitely sew a lot (and organize).