Happy weekend crafty friends! The snow (yes, I said SNOW, blech) is flying here in Western Kansas so I'm cheering myself up with this bright and happy rainbow pillow! Today I'm sharing something fun you can create with your paper crafting dies with this little 6" square mini pillow created with Taylored Expressions Felt and Lawn Fawn dies! The Lawn Fawn Rainbow, Puffy Clouds, and Embroidered Hello dies make for creating the perfect little accent on this mini decorative pillow! (This could also be a pincushion if you want.)
To create my pillow, I first die cut rainbows from Taylored Expressions Red Hot, Carrot, Butter, Avocado, Robins' Egg, Blue Jeans, and Orchid felt using the Lawn Fawn Rainbow die. You will have a lot of leftover curved rainbows so make more non-traditional rainbows (out of order colors) or roll those into little flowers and hot glue them so you don't waste any of this gorgeous felt.The green pieces would make fantastic flower stems. I'm sure there are many other creative ideas for the leftover pieces too! I usually keep my scraps in a bin for when I need one.
The felt on it's own isn't sturdy enough for machine stitching (it could pull easily) so next I die cut a piece of fusible interfacing with the Rainbow die and ironed the felt pieces to the interfacing to give it stability. This step is really important if you're planning on machine stitching like I did here. I also think if you would choose to hand stitch them in place, it will help give the design more stability.
The clouds were die cut from Taylored Expressions Marshmallow felt using thePuffy Clouds and also backed with fusible interfacing. The little heart was die cut from Red Hot using the smallest Lawn Fawn Hearts die.
Two pieces of fabric were cut for the design (polka dot for the front, and a blue ombre for the back. Both are 6 1/2" squares (the pillow will be 6" finished). Each square was backed with fusible interfacing to make the little decorative pillow more sturdy and also for the front it gives stability when die cutting the Embroidered Hello. I ran the panel through my Big Shot with the Embroidered Hello die.
I machine blanket stitched each color of the rainbow using coordinating thread and then machine stitched the cloud on the left. I used #10 blue crochet thread (from Hobby Lobby) to hand back stitch the word "hello" before finishing the machine stitching of the two additional clouds and the little heart.
I placed the front decorative panel and back panel, front to front and pinned them together. I sewed around the edges with a 1/4" seam, leaving a small opening for turning in the bottom. I trimmed the corners and then turned the mini pillow right side out and ironed it flat before stuffing with polyester filberfill and hand stitching the opening closed.
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For tips and tricks on how to sew up this embroidered hello felt rainbow mini pillow, click HERE or watch below:
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