Okay so legit when I started this project I had no idea what I was making. I just knew that I had to say yes to Sharon when she asked me to be a part of her Bountiful Blog Tour because I adore her as a person and her fabric art has a way of taking me on a journey like no other.
So, I had recently got some 3″ 6-point diamonds from Paper Pieces and I’m clearly going through this EPP obsession phase, so I basically grabbed two complimentary combinations from Sharon Holland‘s new Bountiful Fabrics and ran with it.
I knew I wanted something tumbling-blocks-looking so I had four of each color and put them together to make a hexagon and then was all like ooooooh that’s cute but it needs to be bigger. So then I grabbed one more fabric and, after cutting 3 diamonds in half to make triangles, bordered it and ooooooooh that got me all tingly. Seeeeee…
And then like I stared at them for a minute and had this inner dialogue about my options. I could’ve filled them in with something else and squared it off but like this was already perfect so that was a no. I could’ve appliquéd them on a tote or something but I wasn’t feeling that for this. I could’ve just put a back on them and bound them like a regular pillow, which would be cute, but I wanted more substance. And then Helena came into my room and sat on my floor and it hit me: this girl needs some floor pillows with handles that she can carry around with her. Ding ding ding!
FYI I’m not going to provide a full-on tutorial for these, but I’ll give you a mini-version in case you wanted to make your own. Yaaaaay!
- 9″ hexagon created using 3″ 6-point diamonds
- Bosal double-sided fusible foam
- FQ Denim or Canvas – I used Canyon Sunset & Babbling Brook from AGF
- Complimentary Thread – I used Mustard 28wt & Blue Gray 40wt Aurifil
- Poly-fill stuffing
Then after I removed all of the papers, I ironed everything flat and crisp except for the outside fold because I used that line to create a 1/2″ seam allowance on top after I fused it down to the foam stabilizer. Even when I fused it, I didn’t iron over this outer fold line until after I did my cuts. Now you could also totally use the large hexagon that you cut for the bottom as a template for the top, but I wanted to make sure everything was centered so that’s why I did that above.
For the sides, you’ll need six 10″ x 5″ pieces of the denim. And then a 10″ x 2″ piece for the handle.
- Fold the 10″ x 2″ piece in half RST to make a 5″ x 2″ folded piece. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance and sew all raw edges, leaving a 1″ gap on one of the sides to turn right side out and press. Top stitch and attach on the center of one of the 10″ x 5″ pieces using a zig zag stitch length of 0.3 mm and width of 2.5 mm.
- Sew the 5″ sides of the six side panels together using 1/2″ seam allowance. For one of the sides, only sew the top inch and bottom inch, leaving a 3″ gap that you will use to stuff the pillow when right side out.
- Sew the bottom onto the side panels making sure that the side seams land at the corner of the hexagon. If you need a y-seam tutorial, here’s one I did. Boom.
- Quilt your tops. I quilted 2mm on either side of all of the seam lines.
- Sew the top onto the side panels the same way you did the bottom.
- Turn right side out and stuff it to your level of desired buoyancy.
- Using an invisible ladder stitch, close the side opening.
- Sit on your pillow and enjoy.
Okay so that was less mini than I intended, but I basically said mini because I didn’t take a bajillion pictures so enjoy! Yaaaaay!
And like as soon as I told Helena these pillows were hers, she wouldn’t put them down, so she became a prop for some of the photos. Seriously my kid is the best!
And now this is only one of many projects in the Bountiful Blog Tour, so make sure to check out the other amazing makers and their projects:
- Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt
- Emily Dennis of Quilty Love
- Minki Kim of Minki Kim
- Heather Andrus of Quilt Story
- Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts
- Silvia Sutters of A Stranger View
- Elina Temmes of Elina Temmes
- Kim Niedzwiecki of Gogo Kim
- Katie Skoog of The Simple Life Company
- Cindy Wiens of Live a Colorful Life
- Maureen Cracknell of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
- Lynn Harris of The Little Red Hen
- Anjeanette Klinder of Anjeanette K
- Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic (you are here)
- Alexis Wright of My Sweet Sunshine Studio
- Sue Stone of Needle in a Fabric Stash
So thanks for coming along the journey with us!!! I hope you enjoyed it!
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