Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

Happy Monday! I am finally getting back into some creative time, so look for some new stuff from me soon. I have four or five things in the works right now, so it is just a matter of finishing a few things up, photographing, editing, and writing the posts. Okay, so maybe it will be a few days…

I was the one who suggested to Rachel that we swap blogs for the day. I also suggested that we do our take on making the same thing. I may have also suggested pillows. (I sure do sound pushy, don’t I?) What was I thinking when I suggested pillows? I only have myself to blame for the afternoon of frustration I had while working on this project. I barely know how to sew so I don’t know why I suggested it. I should have just spray painted an existing pillow (isn’t that what you do in blog world? spray paint everything?).

I finally decided on a felt monogram pillow.

Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

It ended up turning out ok, but lets just say I got friendly with my stitch picker thing. See? Not a seamstress, so don’t expect anything technical here.

I got this fabulous mustard colored felt at JoAnn’s. It is sold on the bolt in the fabric section and is 35% wool so it is really sturdy. I cut out 2 14″ squares, and another small piece to cut the monogram out of.

To get the “pattern” for my monogram, I just used Word and picked a font I liked.

Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

When I had my letter the size I wanted, I taped a piece of paper over my screen and carefully traced it (you don’t want to poke a hole in your screen).

Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

No wasted ink, which is great since I only remember to buy ink for the printer about once a year.

Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

Cut out your monogram, trace onto your felt face down, and cut out.

Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

Once you have your monogram cut out, pin in to where you want it on your pillow.

Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

This is where I started having some trouble. It took a bit of practice for me to carefully stitch around the m and I got to pick out stitches four or five times.
Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

I managed to get it mostly right, but see that last leg of the m over on the right? It is sitting just a little higher than the rest of the m. You live, you learn. Next time, spray paint. I am only halfway kidding…

Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

Pin your pillow sides together, sew, and stuff.

Tutorial: felt monogram pillow

It turned out really pretty, despite my issues. If you are a talented sewer, I bet you could finish this project in under an hour. I think these would make great newlywed or Christmas gifts. Easy, inexpensive, and personal. Perfect.

 

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