Decorative pillows. Is there any other word that brings more joy to a woman’s ear?
Good ol’ useless decorative pillows. How I love them. In fact, I have roughly 25 of them perched around our house and, more recently, our porch!
As much as I love decorative pillows, however, I do not love their ridiculous price tags. You want HOW much for that square of cotton? This is why I’ve only purchased 3 of the 25 in my collection.
How did I acquire the other 22? Thanks to crafty family and friends, I’ve acquired a lot of fabric and felt scraps over the years. (You probably have, too.) During a recent stash raid, I discovered a lot of felt scraps in lovely fall colors. This sparked the idea for yet another decorative pillow:
Looking for some fall flair without having to spend a dime? Here’s how you can assemble your own maple leaf appliquéd pillow.
Maple Leaf Appliquéd Pillow
You will need:
- pillow cover (or piece of fabric for your pillow front)
- colored thread
- Maple Leaf Pattern Printable
First of all, if you already have a pillow cover on hand, you’re halfway there!
Since I have drop-cloth fabric to spare, I prefer making my own pillow covers. My favorite type are pocket-covers because they’re easy to remove and clean and, best of all, no zippers needed! Here’s my tutorial for sewing pillow pocket-covers.
As for the felt, you don’t need large pieces of it to create your maple leaf. I decided to go for a fragmented leaf look since all I had were 5-inch scraps.
Cut felt into leaf shapes (see printable) and arrange them in the center of your pillow cover.
To create a more uniform look, you can cut a “V” into the top of the stem and bottom leaf piece.
Using coordinating thread, stitch along the edges of the leaf pieces while you watch Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey is a good needle-working kinda show. 🙂
Make neat stitches, leaving about 1/16th-inch of an edge.
You might need to pin your felt to the pillow to keep the pieces in place while you stitch.
And you’re done!
Out of curiosity, I googled online prices for maple leaf appliquéd pillows and found that they average around $40. The cost of my maple appliquéd pillow using scraps? $0. (Well, more like $8 if you count Amazon Prime Instant Video membership.) I’d rather spend $40 on Halloween candy and pumpkins. However, if you’d rather not even spend a dime on pumpkins, here’s how you can make your own out of fabric!
Our happy little porch is really taking shape. Can’t wait to reveal the final results later this week!
How many decorative pillows do you own?
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