Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Appliqued Throw Pillow Tutorial

See this darling nursery? Over the next few days, I am going to show you how you can make your own crib bedding/nursery decor. I'll provide tutorials on how to make this valance, blackout drapes, bedskirt, and one-piece crib bumper, as well as provide the instructions on how to alternate it to your taste (i.e. if you only want one fabric, longer, etc.).

To start off though, see that throw pillow in the glider? I'm going to share with you how that was made. Mostly, the applique part since pillows are pretty basic.

Materials needed:
-Pillow insert of desired size
-fabric(s) and coordinating thread(s)
-printouts of desired applique(s)
-heavy duty starch

1. Cut two pieces of fabric 1" smaller than your pillow insert. Ex: 12" x 12" pillow, cut 11" x 11".

2. Cut out all the printouts of your applique. Then proceed by starching your applique fabric and top pillow fabric piece. For detailed instructions on the starch applique technique, please see this fabulous tutorial by Natalia on Piece N' Quilt. Once your fabric is starched, pin the paper printouts to the applique fabric and cut out your appliques. Pin the appliques to your starched top pillow fabric piece, like so. 3. Then using a very tight zig-zag stitch, stitch the appliques in place. I set my stitch-length to practically zero. Here's how the bottom layer of appliques looks now. 4. Pin on the next layer of appliques. Zig-zag stitch in place and you now have a finished top pillow piece. Proceed by sewing RST with the bottom pillow piece, leaving about a 6" gap at the bottom. Clip the corners, turn inside out, stuff in your pillow insert, then handstitch the gap closed with a blindstitch. Now you have a cute appliqued throw pillow! Coming up tomorrow will be black-out drapes.

For the rest of the crib bedding tutorials, click below:

Blackout Drapes
Crib Bedskirt
Crib Bumper
All-Star Baby Quilt
Diaper Stacker


  1. Very cute. At first i thought the S O E were initials maybe, but wow! That turned out great!

  2. I also thought SOE was a name or initials the end product is so much better than I was guessing.

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [20 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Love this! I just made my nephew (who is due any day now) a quilt or I would have copied this. My SIL decorated his room in all sports. Very cute!


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