Flower Pillow Makeover: The Night I Attacked My Pillow (aka How to Sew a Circular Pillow)

by ilene on July 14, 2011 · 9 comments

in jeff, sewing, tutorial

Do you guys remember this flower pillow I made? I wrote about it in my first ever blog post (click picture below to read the full post):

I re-made it into this:

(monogram pillow on the left tutorial here; I wrote about the dahlia pillow on the right here)

A few weeks ago, while watching The Bachelorette, I grew so agitated at Bentley that I looked over, saw the pillow sitting there and decided that I hated it.  Poor innocent pillow bore my wrath.  It was late at night, Jeff saw the crazy in my eyes as I started attacking it with scissors.  I believe he shouted “What are you doing?!? Are you nuts?!! STOP!” as I tore off the front flower with my teeth (just kidding about the last part!). I used scissors to cut off the front flower:

I realized that I just didn’t like how the circular flower was centered on a rectangular pillow anymore,  it seemed like all my pillows were either rectangular or square-shaped and I wanted something different.  I decided to keep the flower part and to re-make the pilllow in a circular form.  And because I am stubborn, I had to make it right then. Of course!

To make the circular pillow, I cut out 2 circles of matching felt about the size of the flower head and a rectangular piece cut an inch  longer than the circumference of the circles.  I don’t know how I hold a degree from Harvard because I had no idea how to calculate the circumference of a circle.  My 8th grade math skills failed me! doh!  Then Jeff and I proceeded to have a disagreement on how to calculate it. Google came through for us as we eventually learned that the circumference is Pi multiplied by the diameter.  (Sorry these pictures are a little yellow.  I started this crazy sewing spree around 11pm at night so the picture quality is bad.)

Then I pinned the edge of the rectangular piece all around the outer edge of one circle and sewed in place. The rectangular piece should overlap by 1″ at the ends:

Repeat with the other circle, pinning and sewing the rectangular piece to the other circle face.

The overlapped ends of the rectangular piece should create an opening where you can stuff batting in:

After you have stuffed the inside with batting, sew the opening shut by hand :

On the left is the completed circular pillow. On the right was the flower top that I cut out from its former state. All that was left to do was stitch the flower to the top of the pillow by hand:

I added a row of larger petals around the flower to add more fluffiness around the edges and this is the end result!

Late night sewing sessions usually lead to misaligned seams and uneven hemmed pants.   Too much reality television often brings out the crazy in me but I’m very happy with the results. I like this flower pillow more than I did before!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Serena July 15, 2011 at 5:17 am

This post had me actually laughing out loud. Thanks for the morning levity, Ilene! 🙂


2 Stacey July 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE all three of those pillows! I can’t get enough of fun pillows…unfortunately I can’t have any in my house right now because I have 2 year old triplets and they would actually rip the flower off with their teeth!


3 ilene July 18, 2011 at 1:14 am

Thanks, Stacey!! wow, triplets!! what fun!!! i bet you can make all sorts of cute stuff for them


4 mollandmostin July 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I love this – it’s beautiful – and I love the soft charcoal grey fabric. On my wishlist/to do list. x


5 fashiondiy101 July 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

wow! this one is really cool! i will make one of these oneday!:))))


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