December 9, 2010

DIY Gift Ideas # 4 :: Whimsical Pillows...

Whimsical pillows :: a tutorial

The week hasn't exactly been going as planned but things seem to have calmed down now. I hope.  I didn't forget about the promise I made earlier this week - the only problem was finding half an hour to get my act together (and half an hour of good light as well). And I did today!

So, here's our most fantastic pillow ever! My girls' very favorite (and mine as well) totally whimsical triangular shaped pillow (this is actually the simpler version of a pillow I made a little while back but which didn't make it to the blog yet, somehow). It's absolutely fun to make and more importantly, it's absolutely easy to make. A perfect beginner's sewing craft. As a matter of fact we each made one. Little H. made the blue with mountain scenery one, big girl M. made the flowered one and I did the striped one. All three fabrics are from IKEA. The felt balls I still had here at home (no, Michelle, we didn't make them, though given all the roving I still have I might give it a try!). So, if you're still looking for a fun handmade present or for something to keep the kids busy during the holidays, keep on reading! All it takes is three seams and some stuffing!

What you'll need: 

- fabric: a 32cm x  64cm piece of heavy cotton, denim, canvas,... (seam allowance included)
- 4 felt beads in assorting colors - pompoms would be nice too, by the way!
- poly-fiber fill to stuff the pillow
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
- scissors

Note: you can make the bigger or smaller, just make sure that the long side of the rectangle is twice the short side in length.

Whimsical pillows :: a tutorial


1. Fold the rectangle in half, right sides facing. Close two of the three open sides using a 1cm seam allowance and clip the corner as shown in picture 2.
2. Open up the remaining side and fold as shown in picture 3., i.e. fold the pillow cover such that the seam from step 2, ends up exactly in the middle of the remaining open side (so you will have 15cm of fabric on either side of the seam from step2). Pin and close that side, leaving an opening big enough for turning and stuffing (picture 4.).
3. Turn the cover inside out and shape (corners!). You'll get something that looks as shown in picture 5.
4. Stuff your pillow with the fiber fill to your liking, making sure the stuffing gets well distributed (picture 6).
5. Close the gap with a couple of stitches (picture 7).
6. Sew on the felt beads, one at every tip of the pillow (picture 8). And that's all there is to it (picture 9)!

Make sure to make enough of these for a pillow fight!!

Please note, this tutorial is intended for personal use only. Therefore, do not reproduce, sell or commercialize in any form.  Thanks for understanding!

If you made something using a tutorial found on this blog or if you got inspired by something you found here, make sure to post your pictures here.


nicole/brussels said...

och wat is dit mooi!!mooie stofjes en leuke kussentjes, origineel met die vilten bolletjes! I like it a lot,clever grandchildren I have and I'm proud of them!

bbee said...

great idea!
i love those pillows.
got the same fabrics at home.
should take it a try, if i will find some time.

greets from austria!

blue moss said...

love your ikea creations....oh they are sooooo great!
and i acutally have the flowery fabric that M. used....
it was just waiting for a fabulous project like this!!
happy weekend to you

eloleo said...

ohohoh, wat mooi!

nicole/brussels said...

heb terug eens bekeken en vind die kussentjes echt mooi!

casserole said...

These are so cute! The triangular shape is so fun!! and I'm loving the felt beads hanging from each corner!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Pascale said...

Thank you so much, Anne!

rahel said...

Wow- they look so cool! I will keep this idea in my mind. Would make a nice present to my niece. Thanks for sharing. said...

Those are really neat! I love the fun shape. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

lilla a said...

Very cute! I love the tetra look!

Lori said...

I love this. I can see one of these in a large size, sitting on my couch!

P.ieternel said...


Ik have sold many of these in my store. There is a company in the netherlands that makes them.
Look over here.


pinkfiktion said...

These are great. I have never seen them before. Thank you for the idea.
Greetings, Happy New Year

urban craft said...

these are brilliant. I bet they are super comfy too.

glayla said...

how cool, I've never seen any like these! I wonder, what diameter felt beads did you use for yours?

stephchows said...

totally in love with these cute pillows! added to my to do list for sure :)

Emily said...

These are so fun! I've been wanting to figure out how to make similar pillows for my daughter. Thank you for sharing how you made them!

HarmlessColor said...

I made a large pyramid pillow for my bed before college and everyone was always fascinated with it and loved tossing it around. Very fun.

Heather Thomas said...

These are great! I made a few today out of some scrap fabric, and Im going to add tassels instead of pompoms. Thanks for the great idea!

Sylvie Créative said...

What a nice pillows!

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Joseph said...

If you are going to give pillows it is good idea for wedding gift i need some new ideas for send gifts to pakistan on my cousin wedding.

idzen said...

I am so going to make these - both for myself and maybe for presents this fall :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this easy and sweet pillow tutorial! I`ve searched through the whole net a tutorial like this., and now I found it. :-)

Nice greets from Germany

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