Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monogram Pillow

Let me start off by saying that this pillow idea came from one of these magazines...

I know that is not super helpful but my Mom and I went through a ton of magazines for ideas awhile back. We found this cute idea for a pillow and tore it out. If I had it, I would scan it and share it with you but I left it at Mom's for her idea stash. I'm sure you have seen a million versions of monogram pillows, maybe even this one but I love it and just had to share anyway...

Okay, back to business...the magazine had a great picture and simple instructions on how to make this adorable monogram pillow. Of course, you could also use pictures (like a birdie shape), numbers, or symbols too.

First, I bought some brown felt from Hobby Lobby. I then cut out two 12" squares. Next, I used chalk to draw the letter S on a square...

Then I cut out the letter S. I wanted it down in the left hand corner but I made a rookie mistake and put the S way too close to the bottom, which didn't leave much room for sewing. I was bummed, but it was only the 2nd pillow I had ever made so I moved on...

I had a stash of fabric that I had won from a giveaway awhile back on Lanie Jane's blog. I put some behind the S to get a good idea of how it would work and I loved it...

After I decided on the fabric, I pinned it to the back of the felt like so...

I doubled up my thread on my needle and hand stitched around the letter S. I was already in love (but still wishing I had made the S higher on the pillow - ugh)...

The final step was to pin the 2 pieces of felt together and take it to the machine to be sewn up. Of course, if you don't have a sewing machine, you could hand stitch the outside too. It would be slightly time consuming but would definitely work!

And there you have it...

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Jessica @ This Blessed Life June 15, 2010 at 6:46 AM  

How cute! Love the pop of pink against the chocolate brown.

Amy June 15, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

Love the colors!!! So perfect with the stitching!!

TBonesMom June 15, 2010 at 7:48 AM  

I will take a "B" please. :)

Love it...

Diane June 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM  

What a fun pillow! Thanks for the how-to :o)

I came here via Toot Your Horn Tuesday. Hope you can visit me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.

Kelli June 15, 2010 at 8:22 AM  

Such a cute pillow. I love the fabric and how you stitched around the S. Thanks for sharing.

Lessons Learned June 15, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

I love this, and since my name starts with an S I'm even more inclined to try. :)

Martha Carolyn June 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

Thank you for this tutorial! I'm going to make one of these today!

The Autocrat: Haley June 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

Super cute!! Love it!!!

momof3girls June 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

this is such a cute pillow idea! I love the rich custom look -thanks for the step by step instruction!

Michelle - Blessed Mom of 5 June 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

So cute! I love the fabric and hand stitching!

Tricia June 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

Very cute, and what an inexpensive project as well (especially since you didn't have to pay for the fabric). I really love the handstitching around the letter.

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Jackie the Junk Junkie June 15, 2010 at 3:41 PM  

Thats Great!! Super Cute :)

Unknown June 15, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

Stopping by from TAL @ Sugar Bees. I love this and am definitely adding it to my to-do list. it looks great! :)

sportzmom June 15, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

Love this project. I cannot wait to try it!

Kelsey June 15, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

I LOVE this idea. I'm all about monograms and this is a completely different way of doing it... thanks for sharing :)

Kari June 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

SUPER cute! I love how you didn't just stitch the letter on the pillow. Very different!

Staci J June 16, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

This is soooo cute!! I love your fabric choices...

Brook June 16, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

Thank you so much for posting this pillow. I had it bookmarked from your personal blog, but when my computer crashed, I lost it before I was able to copy cat you. :)

Decor To Adore June 16, 2010 at 4:49 PM  

I adore the stitching!

Kim @ Starshine Chic June 16, 2010 at 5:46 PM  

The pillow is fabulous! Even if you are a rookie, I would have never known. Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting on my thesaurus wreath & mantel.

Elizabeth June 16, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

Hi Tiffany!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! :)

I LOVE this pillow - the colours are awesome and you make it seem so easy. :)

Take care! :)

KimMalk June 17, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

This is so cute and well worth looking through old magazines ;). I really like the fabric you found for the S, too. You might want to link this up (or another fabric project), to Fabric Fun Thursday at my little ol' blog.

Ann @ makethebestofthings June 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

Monograms are everywhere these days and your S pillow came out so cute. Nice combo of fabrics.

Pam June 17, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

Monograms make such fun decor! Using felt as the mainstay of this pillow was genius because you don't have to worry about finishing the edges of the letter openings. Yeah! Thanks! Pam @ Sallygoodin

Erin A June 17, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

I just love this pillow!! The reverse applique is such a fun twist on it, it looks perfect! And I love that the S is sitting in the lower corner. You have such a great eye for pillows!

Laura June 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

So adorable!!

Kimberly June 17, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

What a great pillow! And so fun for gifts, you know?

I feel you on the magazines and tearing pages out. I work for a magazine company, so I like collect magazines. It's baaad. :)

FrouFrouBritches June 18, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

That is so stinkin' cute! I love it! I have a thing for decorating magazines too. They're everywhere!

Helena June 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

Adorable! I love it. The stitching is the perfect touch. I hate making rookie mistakes like that- but I'm glad you mentioned it, cause I'm 100% sure I would have done the same thing.

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session at Life in the Pitts

Pati @ A Crafty Escape June 18, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

I love it and can't believe it's your second pillow- WTG. Bookmarking for sure!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row June 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

I'm a sucker for a cute monogram - nice job!

Elizabeth June 19, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

Love it!!! I need to make new pillows for our couches too. Very cute!

RenĂ© June 20, 2010 at 7:35 AM  

I love monograms and that is just adorable.

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com June 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

I love the simplicity of it! The stitching is great too.

Gretchen Seefried June 21, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

I am so linking this project up on Midchix! I want all my members to see this!!! Darling just darling!
It will be linked back to you from the Crafty Mamas Flock!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming June 22, 2010 at 12:02 AM  

This is adorable and I love how easy it really is. The felt and fabric are such a great idea! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly apprecite it. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

Tammy/StitchnStudio June 22, 2010 at 11:53 PM  

Oh I love anything monogrammed but these take the cake. Very cute and thanks for sharing your technique.

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs June 23, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

Wow thats great idea! :) I think its absolutely adorable. Ive been loving monogram ANYTHING! lol and this seems like an easy enough idea, thats also really cute. Im gonna have to try it! :) Thanks for sharing!

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple June 24, 2010 at 6:48 AM  

That is super cute, it is so simple that I could actually make it! Thanks!!

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