Thursday, June 24, 2010

Oversized Rosette Pillow

Rosettes have been floating around out there for a long while now, and I must say while I think they are completely fabulous, I hadn't really tried my hand at anything similar. I had played around with the shapes using ribbon and what not, but had never settled on a reason for needing them, nor was I completely satisfied with how mine turned out. All of this changed, however, when I decided what I needed for my couch was just one more pillow. I wanted a small pillow that had a lot of character, and I settled on this:

For obvious reasons I have been calling it my GIANT rosette pillow. While the pillow only measures about 10inx10in, the rosette is still close to 10 inches in diameter. With just a little thread, needle, leftover fabric and hot glue (of course!) it was very simple to create.

First I hand stitched a pillow 10in x 1oin and filled it with cheap Walmart stuffing, ($3.00). The thing I like about this pillow that it is made from upholstery grade fabric left over from a rocker I upholstered. Just being slightly thicker than other fabrics I have used in the past, it give the rosette some added depth I think.

Next, I cut my remaining fabric into 2 inch strips. The rosette took SEVERAL of these to complete.

With the strips cut, I began the rosette by kind of rolling the outsides of the fabric together to create a sort of fabric tube. This made the 'petals' a little more voluminous.

Next, I just began rolling the fabric inward, twisting it as I went. You have probably seen a lot of tutorials on how to best achieve this. I cannot say that I really used any one technique, but more just went with the flow. This is where, for me, the hot glue came it. I do not proclaim to be a seamstress. Hand stitching a pillow is about as good as it gets. Therefore, I was left with other adhesive options for securing my rosette, and turned to hot glue. I do not have a picture of the places where I put hot glue. I can just say its easiest to to dab a bit, around the bottom of the rosette petals, about every inch or so. As the rosette gets bigger, it works best to apply the hot glue in thin strips around the bottom of the fabric.

When the rosette became to large to hold, I then attached it to the pillow (using hot glue, I know I am a cheater!). I secured it to the pillow with hot glue in many places, pulling at the rosette as I went to test for stability.

Below is a picture of the where I got my fabric inspiration. While the colors in this great fabric matching NOTHING else in my living room, the play off of each other from across the room. Now the fabric choice seems to make a little more sense. (And trust me, they are not staying together, that matchiness would probably just eat me alive!)

I can't wait to share with you how I rescued this antique rocker, along with some other upholstery ideas in the next few weeks.

Hope you enjoyed my 'late on the scene' version of the rosette!

I will be linking to this week's CSI pillow challenge! Hope to see you there...



Tiffany June 24, 2010 at 7:22 AM  

LOVE your giant rosette pillow! Just gorgeous! I definitely want to make one of those! Wow. June 24, 2010 at 8:08 AM  

This is just beautiful! I love the fabric that you used.

Sherrie June 24, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

How pretty! That fabric is perfect for your pillow :0)

sydney @ memorable minutes June 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

i haven't tried them yet either really. or at least i don't think i'm so good at them. i can;t wait to try! that's awesome.

Erin A June 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

That is one huge rosettte, it looks awesome!! Lol about the matchiness eating you alive. Can't wait to see the rocker, it looks like a great compliment!

Aubree June 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM  

Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Robin June 24, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

Lovely! Such a great accent for your room.

The Autocrat: Haley June 24, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

OOOOO Love it!!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys June 24, 2010 at 2:09 PM  

I love rossette pillows! This one is great!!

Amy June 24, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

What a great statement piece! Great tutorial! Can't wait to try one myself!

Jessica June 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM  

oh how I heart your pillows Patrice!! It looks fantastic! Can't wait to see your face!

Barbara June 24, 2010 at 6:43 PM  

I just rescued a really old looking rocking chair from the trash and was wondering if you could give me some hints on if it is fixable of not. Love all your stuff, ALWAYS.

The Polka Dot Closet June 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

It is beautiful, your right it is quite a statement!


Laura @ Just For Love June 24, 2010 at 11:18 PM  

Hey, I think that looks GREAT!! I tried my hand at a few fabric flowers recently. I hand stitched some and hot glued some, too. I think they turn out wonderfully either way.

Found you over at The Shabby Chic Cottage and glad I did! It's very nice to "meet" you : ). I'm a new follower!
Have a great weekend!


Bart, Jeni, Jessica, Brian and Chelsea June 24, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

Oh my, isn't that lovely! Love anything with roses! Thanks for sharing!!

Allison June 25, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

That is lovely! So cute!

Whimsical Creations June 25, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

So very pretty!!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} June 25, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

Stunning! I love the giant rosette.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row June 25, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

I'm a sucker for pillows - great fabric and an awesome rosette!

Anonymous June 25, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

I like it, I really like it!!!
It's great for women who don't want to sew but are great with a glue gun!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House June 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

Okay -- I MUST have one of these! Truly adorable. Thanks for the tutorial!!

Ann @ makethebestofthings June 25, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

Truly stylish and unique! That pillow looks great.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here June 25, 2010 at 3:52 PM  

So Fabulous! This pillow is adorable.
Hugs, Sherry

Katie June 25, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

Gorgeous! And I think "dispersing" the fabric pattern around the room is a great idea.

MessyMissy June 25, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

Love it!! It's fancy and funny all at once. :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn June 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

Your pillow looks utterly charming!

Laura Ingalls Gunn June 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

Your pillow looks utterly charming!

Laura Ingalls Gunn June 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

Your pillow looks utterly charming!

Jessica June 25, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

So beautiful! You have been featured on Made it or Bought it! :)

Jude June 27, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

Visiting from the Under the Table and Dreaming Link Party -- and I love this idea. I think it would be especially nice on a bed (you know, a bed of flowers, yuk, yuk).

Thanks for the nice tutorial and photos.
Jude at
dolcecapecod dot

Stephanie Cameron June 27, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

Really pretty! I have been wanting one like this from Pier 1...but it is too pricey. I should just whip up one myself!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud June 28, 2010 at 6:01 AM  

Really a cute pillow, it turned out great-enjoy!

Lisa June 28, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

Really pretty! I wouldn't have thought of using that vintage floral print to make a rosette, but it looks great!

malia June 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

Using a glue gun doesn't make you a cheater... it makes you good at time management! This is a wonderful project, thanks for sharing it.

The Barnett Family June 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

Lovin' your pillow....I have been DYING to try my hand at rosette making. Thanks for sharing!

Summer June 28, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

I love this! I'll be featuring it on my blog at the end of July (a ways off I know!) I'll give credit and link back to you!


Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! June 28, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

Another fun project from you all this week...thanks for showing it to us on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

JHill June 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills Party!

Kaysi June 28, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

WOW!! That is great! I love it!

C.R.A.F.T. June 28, 2010 at 11:28 PM  

i LOVE this!! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Amanda June 29, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

That looks great! And you hand sewed it! Wow! Great job!

Theresa June 29, 2010 at 6:24 AM  

Can't get enough of rosettes and I LOVE your pillow! Great tutorial!

Bromeliad June 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

Nice job. I did a sewn version of a giant rosette but never thought to do a fabric glue version. It looks great.

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades June 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

Fabulous fabric and fabulous rosette pillow ~ just gorgeous!

Marjorie June 30, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

Love that pillow. You make seem pretty easy. I wanted to try a few fabris rosettes but figured I couldn't, I don't sew. BUt I think I may give it a whirl now-Thanks! I found you at Someday Crafts,link partyTake care-Marjorie

Cassie July 2, 2010 at 4:46 AM  

I love this pillow. I can't wait to make a few of these pillows for my bedroom!

Brooke July 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

ADORABLE! I will be linking to your wonderful pillow. Thanks for sharing.

anabelucraft July 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM  

I love this flower....This is a beutiful pillow.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden July 5, 2010 at 9:55 PM  

So pretty! I love your choice of fabric!

Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

Ashh10 May 23, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

Love it! I am going to make some and attach them to my cutains.

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