31 Days of Shut Up and Sew: 3D Circle Pillow

Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's Day 11 of...

A while back I pinned these pillows and thought, hey, I can do that!

Source: horchow.com via Jenna on Pinterest

Enter the 3D circle pillow!

I really like the tone-on-tone of the inspiration image, but I wanted to tie in more than one color of my bedroom with this pillow, plus the felt selection at my HobLob consists more of neon pink than it does of any color I would actually use on a pillow.  Therefore I stuck with white.

Supplies (for a 16" x 16" pillow):
(2) 16" x 16" fabric squares for pillow base
Felt color of choice for circles (probably at least 6 sheets)
Liquid Stitch fabric glue
Matching thread for felt
Matching thread for pillow base (although truth be told, I didn't feel like switching my thread so I just used white and it didn't show at all)

~2 hours

First, cut out your felt circles.  I actually ended up doing two different sizes, 2" and 1", although the photo below shows a 3" circle.  I thought 3" was just too big for this pillow.  Either use a circle cutter or trace something round onto card stock and cut out, then pin your template onto two pieces of felt (so you can cut two circles at the same time).  Cut out your circles and repeat 24 more times (for a total of 50 circles of each size).

This is not 100 circles, but you get the idea.

Now, take one of the square base pieces and lay out your pattern, making sure to stack your circles 2 high.  I tried a random pattern at first, but I should know by now that I prefer symmetry.  Do whatever floats your boat.

Now, if you have a pattern similar to mine, the easiest thing to do is pick up all the 2" circles first and run them through your sewing machine, back to back, sewing a straight stitch down the middle.

Until you have a cool garland thing.

If my hands weren't still cramping from cutting out 100 circles, I would totally make a felt circle garland!  Maybe for Christmas?

I found it easiest to use my seam ripper to separate the circles, then place them back in their original spots in the pattern.  Then you can pick up all the 1" circles and do the same thing.  That way you won't have to arrange your pattern twice... it'll be easy to see where you need to put the circles.

Fair warning:  don't do this next part on your wooden dining room table!  Find a plastic table somewhere or lay down a trash bag first.  Using the Liquid Stitch, glue down the bottom of each circle pair onto your pillow front.

I changed the direction the seams were going before I glue them down, just to add a little extra interest.

After you wait about 30 minutes for the glue to try, pin it face down to the back fabric piece and sew all the way around, leaving a few inches for turning and stuffing.

I would have done my standard envelope back for this one but I didn't have enough fabric, so I bought a 16" pillow form and just stuffed it in the hole I left for turning.  Then, shhhhhh, I glued the opening shut.  Hey, I already had the Liquid Stitch handy, why let it go to waste?!  Have I mentioned before how much I hate hand sewing?  HATE!

And here's the finished product, after folding the top circles along the seams to make them stand up a tad.

I love the 3D effect.

I think it's just the perfect size for this chair, don't you?  Oh, and I love how it pulls in the white of the frames.

What I Learned:
Liquid Stitch is awesome.  If you wanted to, you could sew the circles straight onto the pillow, but I thought it would be hard to get them positioned just right, so using fabric glue seemed to be the best bet.  It's the first time I've used it, but I can tell you right now, it won't be the last!

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1 comment:

  1. Very neat. I wonder of there is an easier way to cut that many circles. Lol