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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Valentine Pillow Tutorial - Part Deux

Love is in the air, or the craft room at least.  It's got me talking all French and everything.  I have a lovely French accent with that downhome Y'all pitch.  NOT!
When we last left off, I was sharing my first Valentine Heart Pocket Pillow Tutorial with you HERE.  Now I want to share with you the bigger Scottie Pillow.  I think the little Scottish Terriers are so sweet.
I call this a tutorial very loosely, because I didn't really take pictures along the way, but it's so stinking simple.
I've said it over and over again that you can make something decorative out of anything.  Just look around at things, and try to see beyond their original purpose.  That's the whole concept of upcycling.

Take this pillow for instance.  You'd never guess what I used to make it.  That adorable red fabric was a little girls dress!  I wish I would have thought to take pictures of it before I cut it up last year.  Bad blogger, bad blogger!  As soon as I saw this sweet little toddlers dress in the thrift shop I knew I had to get it. I had no idea what I would use it for, but with those darling hearts trimming the hem of the jumper I couldn't pass it up. The placement of the hearts hanging off the fabric was the thing that made it so great, it was also the thing that made it stump me as to what to do with it for so long.  It sat in my fabric stash for over a year.

Of course I knew it would be a valentine project, so it was the first piece I went to the other day to start the valentine ball heart rolling.  I cut the top off when I got it because there wasn't enough fabric on the chest piece to be any good and the skirt had all the decoration anyway.  So I was left with what you see.  I didn't let an inch of that skirt go to waste either.

If you read the last tutorial HERE, it's basically the same concept.  Cut 2 pieces your background fabric in the size you want.  Mine was some old striped ticking that I had done a tea wash on to age it.  I thought the striped grey ticking would work with the black, red and white color scheme.
You can see in this photo how the red corduroy fabric was only sewn on 3 sides leaving the decorative hem loose.  

  • Lay the wrong side of the red fabric on top of the right side of the striped fabric and sew the three edges.
  • Next lay the two striped fabrics right sides together and stitch all sides leaving an opening in the center of the bottom of the pillow.
  • Instead of buying a pillow form, I took one of the many old and worn pillows I have in the closet for spares and cut it in half.
  • I stitched the pillow form (old pillow) up on the machine. Not being particular about how it looked.  Since it will be covered.
  • Stuff with the pillow and then do a blind hem stitch on the opening at the bottom and you're done!
And there you have it, an upcycled pillow from found items around the house.  Tomorrow's pillow is a little less valentine and definitely more winter.  Come back to see what it's made from tomorrow.
Love and Hugs Y'all...
Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain.
                                                                 ~ Philipians 2:2-5


  1. Tracy, your pillow is lovely. I love that you used a little girls dress for the red part and I am always fond of blue ticking material. The Scottish Terrier is a great touch. Thanks for the tutorial!


    1. It's so sweet of you to stop by and comment Willa! It was fun to make and I just loved the little dress. Guess you can tell.

  2. oh I love it Tracy. the colors are vibrant. looking forward to the one posting tomorrow :)

    1. Thanks Julie. Tomorrows pillow reminds me of frost and snow.

  3. Beautiful pillow. I would love to feature it as a Gift idea on my site!

    1. Thank you for you kind words. I'd like to know more about your site.

  4. So stinkin' cute - I love it! Thanks so much for linking up to Friday Frenzy - Cant wait to see what you link up this week!

    1. Hey Danielle! You sound just like me saying stinkin' cute! :) Thanks for the sweet comment and the party. I hope to come up with something to share again. Hugs...T

  5. Love the color combinations and that you upcycled the dress. I had a Scotty when I was little, so it especially touched my heart. Love it!