Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pillow Talk [DIY style]






I went shopping the other day to purchase a throw pillow. Since I have a really long to-do list of DIY projects, I really was just gonna "pay-the-man" and buy one. Until I saw the grey pillow shown below [I know, it's tiny... but it's the best picture I could find, sorry]: It's from Vera Wang's new collection @ Kohls, and it's just lovely... and the wrong color... and I had a solid green dupioni silk pillow that was exactly the right color. So just like that... another project fell out of heaven and onto my DIY list [plop.].
Here's what you need:
Pillow cover, pen, fabric (I chose one that was shiny on the front and dull on the back so I could get 2 tones), a spool of thread & needle, sissors, and a quarter [oh, and a good movie- you'll see why].










Here's what you do:

Trace quarter onto the fabric for a circle pattern, then fold the fabric back and forth like a fan, this allows you to get several circles from one cut.




Next, cut out your circle(s) (I got about five circles @ a time). Repeat this many, many times [thus the good movie... ].






Next, do the same thing using your spool of thread [I wanted 2 different sizes of circles]. Now you have a pile of circles.











Arrange them on your pillow cover to get an idea of how/where you want them [and to make sure you have enough].






Get your thread and start sewing them into place. I just tacked each circle down once or twice because I wanted them to be loose and flow-ey [and I don't like sewing all that much!]. I went from circle to circle until my thread ran out [then I'd knot it and start a new one] to save time- which means the back of my pillow looks like a spider's web [but no one will see that... unless you take a photo of it and post it on your blog].











And that's it! Once the front looked like I wanted I put my pillow back in and I was a happy gal! A brand new look for $0 dollars! I have so many more pillow ideas now... so just expect more of these in the future!!



Visit thecsiproject.com I just linked-up this project!

37 comments:

  1. So pretty! thanks for the great idea!

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  2. this pillow is fantastic! looks beautiful!

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  3. You are totally awesome!!! Thanks for the post.

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  4. This pillow is so cute. I love the color and the design.
    Your blog is so cute- I am your newest follower! And I would love to have you follow me back!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! Seriously I can't believe how cute it is! I hope you are totally enjoying it!
    I am visiting from Momnivore's Dilemma! I would love to have you stop by my blog if you get a chance! Don't forget to check my giveaway too!
    Kaitlin @ The Goodey Knot

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  6. This turned out great!!! I really love the use what you got attitude.

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  7. Gorgeous! and I love your photo styling!

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  8. The pillow turned out so cute!! Beautiful!
    I would love it if you shared this at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  9. I love the effect on this pillow. It is adorable!

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  10. Your pillow is totally cute! I totally love it! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  11. this pillow is so cute! I seriously love it and want to make one for myself! Thanks for the tutorial! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love this- I saw that pillow at Kohl's and have also been brainstorming how I wanted to make one. Thanks for saving me some time!

    Have a great day-
    Valerie www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com
    Stop on by!

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  13. that looks so amazing!! i especially love the color of it! thanks for the awesome tutorial! i just found your blog from C.R.A.F.T and i love it!!! i am your newest follower :) i look forward to your future posts
    madisonavenue2011.blogspot.com

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  14. I love the sophistication and elegance of this pillow. It reminds me of something you'd see in the West Elm catalog....

    Thanks for linking to "Meet Me On Monday"...

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  15. Hey I featured this on my blog today! :D Come grab a button!
    http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/05/your-whims-wednesday-9-and-features.html

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  16. I just wanted to let you know that I will feature your pretty pillow at tomorrow's {nifty thrifty sunday} linky party!!
    Thank you so much for sharing it last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa

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  17. i LOVE this pillow! just got a couple of ordinary throw pillows in my bedroom just waiting for some added pizazz...think i've found it so thanks so much!
    i'm a new follower and can't wait to see more projects from you. Please stop by my blog 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean' for a visit :)
    ~ Jill

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  18. Thank you Jill! You can take this project in sooo many directions... I have a few more pillows in mind to do around my house too :) Thank you for following me- I will definately check out your blog!!
    Connie

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  19. Hi Connie. Dropping by to let you know I am featuring this project on Thrifty Thursday. Thanks for linking up last week. I am following you now. These pillows rock!

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  20. I love this pillow! It is so fun! I just featured it on my favorite finds list today!

    Britli
    bits-of-this-and-that.blogspot.com

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  21. I like the open random placement. It looks like cherry petals falling. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I love the pillow! That looks so fun! I love making my own pillows...I finished some for my couch a couple months ago. They are on my blog in you want to check them out (under June's archives).
    Stephanie
    mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

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  23. It's beautiful. Love the scattered placement of the white.

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  24. LOVE it! I would've never guessed it was that easy, it looks so expensive!
    I found your project from the CSI Knockoff challenge, good job!

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  25. Truly a fresh, designer look. You did a great job. Stopping over from CSI.

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  26. Gonna have to knock-off your knock-off...so cute. Coming over from CSI knock-off challenge.

    Carmen @ RoCa and Company

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  27. Love the colors you chose and the style. What a great knock-off.

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  28. I can't get enough of this pillow. Thanks for linking up last week. We featured your pillow on Sew Woodsy today!

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  29. LOVE this! Not only is it simple and beautiful, depending on the season it evokes different images. Spring = blossoms, Summer = dandelions, Winter = Snow. FAB!!
    I found you over at Trendy Treehouse Follow Me Fridays ;)

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  30. Hey Connie! Featured this on Copycat Crafts :) http://www.copycatcrafts.com/vera-wang-inspired-pillow/

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  31. So cute! Looks like flower petals. :)

    Visiting from: http://www.toddlindsey.com/

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  32. Beautiful, elegant looking pillow!

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  33. I love this project. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade.

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  34. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. It doesn't seem to be too hard and your pillow turned out fabulous :)

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