I am not an expert crafter, but I have a friend who is, and she has started hosting a Craft Happy Hour, where she teaches her noncrafty friends to sew, using a different project each month. Food and drinks are served, hence the "happy hour."
My first time using a sewing machine ever (!), we made these throw pillows with self-made appliques. I didn't think I could do it, but it was surprisingly easy and oh so cute. My pillow is now proudly displayed on my bed, so you know it wasn't a total disaster. Here's how to do it:
What you need:
- A 14" x 14" pillow form
- At least 15" x 15" of fabric for the front panel
- At least 21" x 15" of fabric for the two back panels
- An image printed for your appliqué. The image is best as a silhouette (search Google Images for basic art) and printed to the size you want it to be on the pillow. I chose a maple leaf, while another friend used a goose (at right).
- A coordinating fabric for your appliqué big enough to fit your image (could match the back panels or not)
- A coordinating thread in a color that you want to border your appliqué
- Enough Wonder Under for your appliqué
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