Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Patriotic Star Pillow

My youngest son’s bedroom has taken on a patriotic theme.  I decide to make a pillow that would use up some of the red, white, and blue material that I had left over from other projects. 

WARNING:  This is was not a quick project for me.  I would consider myself an intermediate sewer, however,  I probably have over 8 hours into this one pillow. 

 

{The Front}

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 If I started with a pattern, I could have saved myself a whole lot of time.  To make my own pattern, I googled “6 pointed star”, printed and enlarged until I had a point the size I wanted. 

Then I cut 6 sides/points out of different fabric.  Next I sewed 3 points together and then repeated with other 3 sides, so I ended up with two halves.  Still with me?!?!?!  That allowed me to have one center seam to sew the star together!!!  I just used the top quilted star as my pattern to cut out the bottom solid red fabric. 

 

{The Back}

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{The Cording}

I made my own cording using clothes line cord that I had around the house.  There are several ways to make your own cording but I have a super simple fail~proof way. {Buy it!!!….LOL}  Really I can show you a very simple way… tutorial to come.

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{Fabric Covered Button}

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I know that’s a lot of pillow for a boys bed!  Trust me… it will only look like this when I help him make the bed.  I’m thinking about adding an upholstered chair to his room and a few of the pillow will most likely end up there.

In the end, this pillow turned out fabulous!  Better than I could have ever hoped for and didn’t cost me a dime.  I had all the materials already!!!

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God Bless,

Carrie

 

33 comments:

  1. The cushion is unreal! Are you going to do a tutorial?

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  2. That is a terrific pillow! It's the kind of project that would be great to link in to my Tips & Tricks Tuesday linky party.

    I would like to invite you to visit the cottage, and join in on all three linky parties:

    ASK THE YANKEE - MONDAYS
    TIPS & TRICKS TUESDAY
    TIME TRAVEL THURSDAY

    You can get the details here:

    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/brambleberry-cottage-linky-party.html

    Hope to see ya there!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  3. Your pillow looks AMazINg!!! You did an excellent sewing job on it, I sew and I have quilted, I know how challenging a star shape can be. So I am very impressed with your skill level and the beauty of this pillow.
    Hugs, Cindy S

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  4. Love that pillow. My oldest would love to have a star pillow! I may have to copy this for him. :) Great job, and funny you should mention the cording, because I was just having a dilemma about cording. Whether or not to make it myself or do w/o because Jo-Ann's had just closed last night when I thought about it.

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  5. You are amazing! That pillow looks FABULOUS! The best part is that you had everything on hand! Thanks for sharing your craftiness with Hoo's got talent!

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  6. It looks great! I used to hate red, white and blue, flagish stuff, but I love it now.

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  7. That is a great pillow! I love the fabrics and piping you used. It turned out really nice.
    Visiting from Someday Crafts. :)

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  8. Beautifully sewn pillow; looks perfect from here. LOVE the cording too and am looking forward to the tutorial. Pam @ Sallygoodin

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  9. wow that turned out really great! I love the red, white, and blue.
    -Crystal
    crystalscraftspot.blogspot.com

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  10. You did a wonderful job on it! I can see how it took so long to make, but, it is totally worth it!

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  11. So so cute! I don't know if I have patience for an 8 hour trist w/ a pillow, but his is so cute I might reconsider! ;)

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  12. Carrie, I love this!!! Very beautiful, you are so talented!

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  13. I love it! Well worth the time and effort in my opinion. It looks so professionally done - like I might see it in a Pottery Barn catalog!

    Coming over from the Shabby Chic Cottage and a happy new follower!

    Jeanine

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  14. Sooo fabulous! I'll be featuring today!

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  15. MY GOD, woman! That's some beautiful craftwork right there. Perfection. Give me your perfect sewing skills, for I am a novice! I shall follow your blog now to be inspired further :)

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  16. Ummm yah, this pillow is by far the most awesome thing I've seen in a long while!
    Its perfect. Its patriotic.
    love it.
    fabulous job!

    Alyssa
    alyssalb@gmail.com
    http://lifeoflyssie.com

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  17. Hi, I'm stopping by from My Backyard Eden. This pillow is really a "showstopper!" I hope you enjoy it (and your son, for a long time :).)

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  18. BEAUTIFUL pillow!! i can't imagine how you did it!! =)

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  19. Wow, this is fabulous. I am in awe of your edge piping - I had my first attempt at piping the other day, and whilst it turned out ok, I think there's some tricks I'm missing to get the corners as neat as yours are on a 3d object. Flat was easy, but on a square edge going around a corner - there's something I'm missing there!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Very cool - how did you do the bit between the two sides?

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  21. I love to decorate for holidays...this great idea of yours [I love it!] would be perfect for 4th of July!!

    Here is my Show n Tell if you'd like to join me today... Have a super weekend!!

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  22. That pillow is stunning. I used to sew - years and years ago. Not sure if I have the patience anymore. Your craftsmanship is incredible!

    Hope you'll link up to my Thursday party - Fab Finds for the Fourth - July 4th crafts, decor, recipes, traditions, etc.

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  23. Wow, that is impressive--thanks for linking up!

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  24. I featured your project this week!

    http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/06/16/hookin-up-with-hoh-8/

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  25. Your pillow is darling! Thanks for sharing!

    Abigail @ Raising Camelot

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  26. What a great pillow! I'm definitely a beginner sewer, so I won't even attempt this right now. But maybe later down the road. :)

    Happy Fourth!

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  27. It would have taken twice as long to put that together. You did a beautiful job! Looks very professional!

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  28. This is the cutest thing ever! Who cares how long it takes when it turns out like this. It might also work in Christmas colors. A really original and brilliant project! Love it!

    Lynn

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  29. Carrie,

    That is one crazy amazing pillow! Seriously. It looks like 8 hours of work ... or more! And it seriously looks like the work of an advance seamstress.

    I would frame that pillow. In a shadowbox. Behind plexiglass!

    :)

    Linda

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  30. Just ran across this and I LOVE THE STAR PILLOW!!!! You did an amazing job and would love a tutorial on how to make something like this. I'm a beginner but love a challenge. I cross stitch and now make my own pillows and am always looking for something different to make out of my projects.

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