If you read yesterday's post, you know that I am currently coveting felt pillows. The only thing I don't like about them is the astronomical price tags attached. I asked myself, why are the pillows so expensive? Felt is one of the most affordable fabrics. Once I started to craft my own, the answer became very apparent. Constructing the type of pillow I was longing for is extremely labor intensive. But don't let that stop you from trying this project at home. While it took me the better part of the day to complete, this is a fairly simple project that even a beginner could tackle.
For this project, I purchased a travel pillow from Target for $4.99 and 1/2 yard of felt for $3.00 from Hobby Lobby. Since I already had matching thread, the entire project cost me $7.99. Not bad considering that some of the felt pillows on the market run $125 and up.
If you are up for the challenge, let's get started.
Start by measuring your pillow form and adding a 1/2 inch to both the length and width. Since I wanted to be able to remove the cover to have it cleaned, I chose to make an envelope style back. For the back of my pillow, I cut two pieces that would overlap.
To make the rosettes, start by tracing and cutting out approximately 50 3" circles from your felt. (I know, that's a lot of cutting and tracing!)
To form each rosette, fold each circle into quarters. Secure each rosette by making a few stitches at the bottom to hold the shape. (I warned you it was time consuming.)
Starting in the center of the top of your pillow cover, hand-stitch each rosette on to the fabric by stitching through the base of the rosette. Be sure to use thread that matches your fabric. Continue to add rosettes in the pattern of your choice. I worked in a circle, placing the rosettes in different directions, but you could place them in rows facing the same direction to form a square or rectangular shape.
Continue adding rosettes in this fashion until you are satisfied.
To apply the backing, line up the larger of your two back pieces with the edges of the top piece. Place the smaller piece at the opposite end so that the two pieces overlap in the center. Pin the pieces in place and you are ready to sew.
Confused? A step-by-step tutorial can be found here.