Amy Ellis is always up to something fun and when she asked if I'd like to participate in Pillow Collective I instantly said yes. Amy knows that I'm a quilter that sews quilts and only quilts. That means I don't really make bags much. Or cute little zipper pouches. Or pillows. I mean, I've made a pillow or two in my day but it's not really in my roundhouse.
My friend Tara made me the cutest mini quilt several years ago. For a long time it hung in my tiny sewing area. And where it hung was only really visible when I was pressing fabric. I liked it there because it was such a cute little surprise when you stood at the ironing board and looked to the left. However, it struck me that this beauty could be better enjoyed and more readily seen if I made it into a pillow for our bed.
And that's exactly what I did. The process wouldn't be different for any piece of fabric . . . be it an upcycled sweater, favorite sweatshirt, your own mini quilt or treasured vintage linen. I simply used a pre-bought pillow form (available at craft stores and most big box department stores,) cut the mini quilt 1" bigger in each direction than the pillow form, cut fabric for the back of the quilt similarly but with enough fabric to make an envelop style closure (here is a great tutorial for that from Freshly Picked) and sewed it up.
Looking for more pillow inspiration? Amy has pulled together a creative group of bloggers to help spruce up your living spaces with a collection of great pillow tutorials for you. After all the tutorials have been shared, you will have the chance to make your own and enter to win prizes later in the month. You can check them out by clicking on the names below and visiting their blogs.
Now go forth and make pillows!