Hello friends! Excited to share with you today a fun tutorial to add a little Springtime to your decor – The Confetti Pillow!
This was inspired by the Pantone spring fashion trend report for 2014 that I have seen online all this week. I tried my very best with what solids I had on hand to re-create the spring color choices – and what better way to celebrate the start of spring with some confetti!
- Solids closely matching the above shades – I cut a strip of each measuring 2″ x 17″
- Heat N Bond lite if you are quilting -or- Heat N Bond No Sew if you are not quilting, I cut a strip measuring 2″ x 17″ for each color used (10 strips total)
- Solid white fabric for pillow measuring 19″ x 41″ and two strips measuring 2.5″ x 19″
- Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece measuring 19″ x 41″
- Straight pins, rotary blade, cutting mat, iron, old towel, coordinating thread,pencil or pen, a roll of thread or other template for your circles (under 2″ diameter)
- Cut fabric and Heat N Bond into strips measuring 2″ x 17″
- Following the directions (Medium heat & no steam) iron your Heat N Bond sticky side down onto your fabric. I like to lay an old towl on my ironing board to keep any unwanted residue from ending up there.
- Taking your roll of thread of other template (under 2″) draw circles on the paper backing of the Heat N Bond, closely together to get the most out of each strip.
- Cut out your circles or confetti as we will call it now.
- Back at your iron you will now take your white fabric piece measuring 19″ x 41″ and lay it on your ironing board. Remove the paper backing from your confetti and randomly place on your white cloth – iron down. I like to spread my confetti out light on top and heavier at the bottom.
- Once you are finished you can now iron your pillow cover onto your fusible fleece – backing of pillow top to sticky side of fleece. Iron on as directions note.
- If you used the Heat N Bond no sew you can skip this quilting step – I went with the lite and did a straight line stitch making a grid pattern. Free motion quilting loops or circles would look great on this as well!
- At your cutting mat – trim up your edges and square.
- You will now add binding to the short ends of your pillow, this will finish off the ends for your envelope back. Take your two strips of 2.5″ x 19″ fabric and iron in half lengthwise. Matching raw ends of binding to the raw edge of pillow pin in place. Stitch along edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Fold over the edge making sure to pass your stitch line and pin.
- Flip over and stitch along the side of your binding to secure in place.
- With your pillow facing right side up – fold over each side 11″ inches like shown. This will make your envelope back. You will be sewing this wrong side out.
- Pin along open sides – placing a pin at the points where your envelope fold will meet. Make sure to back stitch a few times at these points to secure the pillow opening.
- Sew along each side with a 1/4″ seam allowance. When finished a simple zig-zag stitch will seal your ends nicely.
- Turn your pillow inside out and poke out the corners with a chopstick or knitting needle and you are done!
Time to celebrate Spring!!!
Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial – please share your work on Instagram with #confettipillow and tag me @ModernHandcraft – I would LOVE to see your work!!!
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