Today I get to be a part of the Pillow Collective!
Amy and I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun, fast projects that you can use to spruce up your living space during these cold dreary months before spring comes.
I’ve been wanting to make a bolster pillow for some time, and I always have need to use up my leftover Half Square Triangles, so I figure a bolster made from HST’s is perfect, right?
Now, I know we’re supposed to share a tutorial for our pillow, but in this case I’m going to have to give you rough instructions, because so much about this pillow depends on your pillow form. Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was late when I was sewing and the pictures didn’t turn out at all. I’ll snag you some as soon as I can.
So, HST bolster pillow…here we come!
First off, snag a bolster pillow form. Mine was pretty big, but I’m sure they come in all different sizes.
Measure the length and the circumference of the pillow, write those numbers down.
Then, trace the end of the pillow on a sheet of paper.
Make (70) Half Square triangles by cutting (35) 3″ colored squares, and (35) background squares. Using my quick HST method, make (2) HSTs with one colored and one white square, by sewing two season either side of the midline, and cutting the pieces apart. Press toward darker fabric.
Cut (6) 2 1/2″ strips and (2) 6″ strips th
at are an inch or two longer than the bolster.
Lay out your half square triangles in your desired pattern, using 2 1/2″ strips in between the rows. Place 6″ sashing on the top and bottom of the rows. Stitch blocks together in rows, pressing seams open. Stitch rows to sashing, press toward sashing. Finished panel should be large enough to cover the bolster with about 6 inches of overlap. (Remember when you measured the circumference and length, those will come in handy here.)
Layer quilted panel with batting and backing and quilt as desired. I used metallic thread and quilted it in a wavy line.
Hem the 6″ top and bottom sashing strips by folding under 3/4″, and then folding 3.4″ again. Press and topstitch in place.
Cut out 2 circles for the ends of the pillow, using the traced circle from the end of the pillow. Layer circles with batting and backing and quilt as desired.
Pin panel to the circle, right sides together, allowing the panel to overlap about 3 inches.
On my bolster, I placed a few pleats in my panel, to help it lay more smoothly.
Stitch around the circle. Repeat on opposite side.
Turn pillow cover right side out, and place pillow form inside. It should be snug.
On my pillow, I finished with a large button, which helps the envelope style closure from gaping open.
Plus, who needs an excuse to use a 2″ button?
Hope you love my bolster as much as I do!
Have so much fun on the rest of the Pillow Collective stops today, and throughout the week!
PS Visit the other stops on the Pillow Collective today and throughout the rest of the week!
December. My favorite month of the year. A time to celebrate.
When I was a little girl, I remember believing anything that was good was going to happen to me in December.
That’s not to say that the rest of the year was bad at all, but December! December held my birthday AND Christmas AND snow, and well, that’s quite a bit for one little month to contain without bursting.
December was full of parties, and heavy snowfalls, and treats, and music, and baking. So, so, much baking.
Did I ever tell you about the year I made over 2000 sheets of gingerbread with my Grandfather?
We should talk about that sometime.
Then, I grew up, and married a man who celebrates Hanukkah. And so we celebrate that too.
My December got even more full of twinkle lights and magic.
Celebrate, lovelies. Whatever fills your heart to bursting. Celebrate that.
Cut the following:
(1) 6 1/2” linen square
(2) 6” x 1 1/2” strips
(2) 8” x 1 1/2” strips
Trace letters onto fuse able web, adhere to back of letter fabric, and cut out.
Fold linen square in half both ways and press lightly so you can see the middle lines. Use these as guides to lay out the letters. Iron on, and then stitch around. Square up to 6” square, centering the letters.
Stitch (1) 6” strip to left and right of block. Press toward strips.
Stitch (1) 8” strip to top and bottom of block. Press toward strips.
Using the pattern provided, paper piece (2) side blocks (C & D), and (2) top/bottom blocks (A & B).
Stitch left paper pieced block (D) to the left of center block, making sure the arrows are pointing up. Press toward center.
Stitch right paper pieced block (C) to the right side of center block, making sure arrows are pointing down. Press toward center.Stitch top paper pieced block (A) to top of center, making sure arrows point to the right. Press toward center.
Stitch bottom paper pieced block (B)to bottom of center, making sure arrows point to the left. Press toward center.
Download paper piecing templates and appliqué letters here.
You can’t help but be grateful when surrounded by abundance. But what about when you’re surrounded by sadness? Or heartache? Or loneliness?
Gratitude, to me, is a living, breathing thing. It can literally bring life to barren places. Fill the holes in our emotional buckets.
Counting blessings in the middle of emotional turmoil might be cliche–but I’ve often suspected that cliches are overused for a reason.
Counting blessings in the middle of happiness and wholeness, makes the moment that much sweeter.
And then of course, the act of sharing gratitude–giving thanks–expressing our appreciation to those, divine or otherwise, who have facilitated, is the capstone of it all.
Thank you. I don’t know what makes people come to my little corner of the internet, and be so kind and encouraging–but thank you. I adore sharing a little part of my world with you.
Cut the following:
(1) 7″ square linen
(2) 2” x 6 1/2” strips (navy)
(4) 2” x 9 1/2” strips (green)
(2) 2” x 12 1/2” strips (navy)
Trace the embroidery pattern on the center of the linen square. Stitch as desired. I used a running stitch for the design, and a backstitch for the word.
Square up to 6 1/2” square, centering the embroidery.
Stitch (1) 2” x 6 1/2” strip to each side of embroidered piece, pressing seams toward strips.
Stitch (1) 2” x 9 1/2” strip to top and bottom of block, pressing toward green strips.
Stitch (1) 2” x 9 1/2” strip to left and right of block, pressing toward green strips.
Stitch (1) 2” x 12 1/2” strip to top and bottom of block, pressing toward navy strips.
Download the embroidery pattern, here.
October. The beginning of the magical holiday season, here in my neck of the woods.
As a child, October 1st signaled this thing, this almost tangible shift in the air of anticipation, and surprises, and things out of the ordinary, sure to delight.
As a mama, that’s how I want my children to feel–and I do my darndest to create that magic in our home, in our lives, in our traditions.
We say farewell to the summer with a bonfire at the equinox, and we begin plotting and planning and decorating for the festivities to come.
We create reasons to spend time together, to make and do together.
In the end, much of the magic is created by Mama (and Daddy too) being a little more in the moment, a little more willing to do those things that are less than convenient.
I believe, after all, that we are all Creators, for sure.
Plus, I like the title. Mom: Creator of Magic.
Make some magic, friends.
The instructions on this block are quick and simple, kids.
Use the paper piecing pattern to make 4 quarter blocks. (I made mine with (not very pretty) Y seams, and thought you’d like this way better. :)
Stitch quarter blocks together to make a full block. Press seams open to reduce bulk where you will appliqué.
Trace appliqué words on to fuse able interfacing, adhere to wrong side of fabric, and cut out.
Iron on letters, then stitch around.
Download the paper piecing pattern here.