Pillow Talk

Yesterday, I shared a felt circle pillow that tickled my fancy.  After looking at the picture for a few minutes, lusting after it, I realized it would be pretty simple to recreate the look.  I remembered that I had a few yards of a similar yellow colored felt that I bought on clearance last year, so I used that. 

First, I determined the size of my pillow.  I knew I wanted a rectangle, so I cut my piece of felt to a 12 1/2 inch by 18 1/2 inch rectangle.  Using a spool of ribbon, I traced a circle on to the felt and cut it out.  This circle was my template for every single circle to follow.  Why, you ask?  Because, dear reader, both sides of the circle are visible and I didn’t want pen lines all over.  That, and I don’t have a disappearing ink pen.  If you do, you could use that.  Because I didn’t, I pinned my template to the felt and cut one circle at a time, like this.

After cutting roughly 120 to 150 circles, I started sewing.  First, fold the felt in half to get a rough cross-section.  Pin the circle in place and sew straight across the center, in whatever direction you’d like.  Place the next circle close to the first and sew it in the center, going a different direction.  Continue placing and sewing the circles one at a time until you’ve covered the front.  There will be a few gaps between the circles, but it’s not a big deal.  Try to get most of the circles close together. 

Here’s a tip: Start from the center of the pillow and work your way toward the edges.  Once you’ve added many circles, there’s a lot of fabric and it becomes difficult to reach the center.  I learned this the hard way. 

Here’s another tip:  Keep 1/2 inch perimeter without circles, for your seam allowance.  Then, pin any loose ends toward the center of the pillow before you sew the back on.  This will prevent edges from getting sewn where you don’t want. 

For the back, I cut two  12 1/2 inch high by 12 inch wide pieces of scrap white cotton to make the back.  The process is very similar to this envelope closure pillow.  The only difference is it’s not all one piece.  Start by folding and pinning the short edge.  Fold over and pin again, then sew the along the edge for a nice, clean seam.  Once both edges are sewn, place the pillow front face up.  Add one of the back pieces to meet the edges of the front, face down.  Pin in place.  Add the second piece, keeping a few inches of overlap and pin, face down.  Sew all four edges and cut the corners.  Turn right side out, stuff with a pillow form and enjoy your work. 

 Wondering where the cable knit pillow came from?  I made that from an old sweater.  Follow the instructions above, substituting the felt circle front for a chunky knit sweater and voila!  Instant fall and winter warmth without a hefty price tag.  While we’re on the topic of pillows, check out this one for our theater room.

We’ve decided to add pops of yellow to our windowless theater room to brighten up and bring life to the space.  It also doubles as a great fall color, but can be used year round, bonus! 

Have you started any fall decorating?  What do you think is the best or quickest or easiest or all the above way to inject seasonal accents to seamlessly blend with the rest of the decor?

18 thoughts on “Pillow Talk

  1. Oh oh oh!!! I saw this pillow on your blog yesterday and was secretly hoping that you’d DIY it. And it came out FABULOUS!!! Looks pretty time consuming but I’m guessing you could easily do it while watching your fav show on TV. Keep on rocking with your bad self!!

    1. Hi Tami,

      Thanks so much for your sweet comments! It was time consuming (which I’m no stranger to taking on time consuming projects), but simple. I definitely wouldn’t do more than one, but I love the look and feel of it. If anyone tries this, I’d love to see the pictures.


  2. Eek! Your pillows turned out so cute! We are surprising my stepdaughter with a “big girl” room for her upcoming 8th birthday, and the felt circle pillow would be a perfect addition. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  3. Ok Amanda, YOU ARE SO TALENTED!

    Love the pillow, in fact, I can’t stop looking at it! Turned out fantastic, and I am mega envious of your sewing skills!


    1. Thanks, everyone for the kind words! It’s really not a difficult project, just takes some time, felt and a cheapo sewing machine. Seriously, I’m not good at sewing anything that doesn’t have straight lines. If I can do it, anyone can!


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  5. After seeing your inspiration yesterday(?), I have put felt and the fabric store on my list of things to do. Don’t know when I will find the time, but I want to give it a try. I will email you a picture when I am finished. One question, if you have the chance, what size were your circles? And, do they make invisible ink pens?

    1. Hi Wendy,

      You should try it. It does take some time, but if you break it up into manageable chunks, it’s not too bad. The most annoying part is cutting the circles. The circles I used are about 3 inches in diameter. I do believe they make disappearing ink pens, you just have to wash the fabric. You could use the other cut outs as templates rather than just one to make it go a little quicker.

      I’m looking forward to pictures, too!


  6. I love the felt pillow. It turned out really cute. I may try it myself. And I really like the cable sweater pillow. I have been wanting to make one for a while and now feel all inspired to go do it!

    House of White

  7. soooooo pretty! I saw a similar pillow in House Beautiful but it had a variety of colors. I’m searching for pillows to make for our living room, and I have to say this will be at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing! (found you through the CSI Project).

  8. Love this! I just bought fabric and pillow forms at JoAnns this weekend to make some accent pillows to my otherwise sandy-beige bed (bedding, headboard and all :)) with pops of blue and yellow. I will definitely recreate this! And I already have the yarn to make some knit pillow covers.

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