Pretty Poppy Pillow

Remember that list of craft project finds?  Stephen and I went to visit my family this past weekend and help my mom with her garage sale, and the whole time I just couldn’t get this pillow project out of my head.  As luck would have it, mom was selling 2 huge chunks of felt fabric – red and tan – in her yard sale.  Oh happy day!

I snatched up that felt and got to work that night tracing circles from a water glass and cutting them out while watching Amadeus with the fam.

Cutting_Out_Circles

I have to admit I did not follow the pillow instructions precisely.  The front and back pieces of my pillow are only about 10×15 inches, and I probably cut about 45-50 circles, not the 60 specified by the pattern.  I was winging it because I had to make this pillow work with the fabric I had!

Pillow_Front_Back

After I cut out the circles and front and back pieces, the next step was to sew each circle into little “buds”.  Just a few stitches with red thread at the base of the folded circle and I was on my way.

First_Bud

Here’s how the mess looked after I’d stitched up all the buds and prepared to sew them to the front piece of the pillow.

Ready_To_Sew

I started at the center of one end, stitching the buds to the pillow cover by their bases.  I stitched a few on with one piece of thread and then tied that thread off and started a new one with a new bunch of buds.

Starting_To_Stitch

During the course of one Packer game (GO PACK GO!), I stitched all those suckers on the front of that pillow.

Halfway

Here’s the finished front portion of the pillow.

Front_Done

Because I’m extra finicky, I hot glued the ends of the thread down on the reverse side of the pillow, just to be sure that they wouldn’t pull through the front.  Finally, I was able to sew the front and back pieces together, right sides in, leaving a big enough hole to turn the pillow right side out when I was done.

Right_Sides_In

I flipped the pillow right side out, stuffed it with leftover bird batting, and sewed up the last little hole.  Viola!  Finished “poppy” pillow!

Finished_Pillow

Now the question becomes where to put it?  Entryway perhaps?

Entry_Pillow

For a link to the original tutorial for this pillow, click here, and have fun browsing all of the other How-Tuesday posts at Etsy.com!

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