Friday, July 20, 2012

Shabby Chic Eiffel Tower Felt Pillow Tutorial

OK!!! So we finally got around to decorating and well furnishing our living room/hobby room! I should say sewing room! And our theme went from Chicago Modern to Shabby Chic! And well I can't think of Shabby Chic without thinking of Paris! (Don't ask why... I don't even know!)

We bought two of these beautiful leaning book shelves and have one on either side of our fireplace and as you can see they are still rather bare, but not for long! The beautiful Eiffel Tower Pillow was easy and quick to make!

Two Colors of Felt. (I bought a half of a yard or each) I have a LOT of black in my stash now! But it is a great amount of the background felt.
Sewing Machine or Embroidery Floss and Needle
Stuffing or Poly-fil for the pillow
Needle and thread for closing the pillow

A) First cut out the background fabric to the desired size plus a half inch. I made a 15" pillow and cut two off white squares at 15 1/2 inches each.

B) Find an image you want to use and cut out a stencil of it to pin to the secondary fabric and cut out the designs.

C) Here you can now place as desired and either applique the designs on or as I did, sew them on with about 1/8" from the edge.

This is what the back looked like after I stitched on the tower pieces and the word Paris. As you can see I back stitched them in place and because I used black felt and thread it is very hard to see from the front.

D) Then pin together both squares with right sides facing and sew with a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around leaving a 3" opening at the bottom middle to turn and fill.

E) I used 1" inch squares of my off white fabric and as shown above I cut out simple white flowers. First I cut a triangle out of the middle-ish of each side and then used my scissors to round the edges.

F) Once I turned the pillow right side out is when I then attached the flowers so I could place them correctly. I used little cross stitches but you could use anything to attach them... even beads at the center!

F) It took about a 12oz. bag of the poly-fil to stuff my pillow to the desired "puffyness." Then you simply slip stitch the bottom 3 inch opening closed still using the 1/4" seam allowance and this is what you are left with! A very simple and fast felt shabby chic pillow!
I am quite sure my friends will think I bought this at a store. I LOVE using felt because I find it so much more giving than cotton fabric.... or well it does what I want the first time! Ha, ha.

You could give this a try with ANY design and could even make it a more standard size pillow and use an insert on the inside instead of stuffing it yourself. Or use a zipper... really the possibilities are endless, but I hope I gave you an idea of how to fill some empty space, and make it your own!

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Sudden Feeling of Inspiration!

Lately, as you have noticed I have been quilting and sewing up a storm! I was feeling a little down about my beadwork for awhile and then I found TopHatter and started ACTUALLY selling off some of my inventory! It has been just the thing I've needed lately! I finally feel accomplished!

One thing you MUST realize is that when selling there you need to know things will sell for way less then than you would have wanted, but some items will be better than others. People go on there to get a deal! And they have been with my beaded jewelry and quilted pillow covers (hint.... a tutorial to come!).

So last week I got out my heavy bead bin, pulled out beads and ACTUALLY made three loopy bracelets over the week and weekend!

The pink bracelet came first and also took a few days! I forgot how to make them almost. And it took awhile to get back into it! But let me tell you, it felt great! There are only a few supplies needed... seed beads and some decorative beads and then BAM! you get these!
This lovely blue and green bracelet came to me next. I was just going through my beads and thought that blues and even some greens would make a really fun bracelet. I super embellished this bracelet and what started closer to 7.5 inches turned into just under 7 inches when worn! I used Czech flowers and crystals and LOTS of seed beads! This one took only a day to complete... while taking take of the family as well!
And last but not least came this beautiful 7.5 inch multi-colored bracelet. I am thinking of making another only using black instead of the white to make it more for the fall with similar jewel toned seed beads. This one took the rest of the weekend, only because I wasn't too sure as I was working on it that I wanted to complete it, plus all this inspiration had my mind already thinking about the next idea! Can't wait to show you those!

So although I didn't have something crafty for you to create this post, I hope you will enjoy the crafty I got to create this past week! I have some really fun things coming up soon including the fun pillow cover I told you about earlier, a fun Halloween Table Runner and an awesome Parisian Mini Art Quilt! Oh the fun to come!