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Bold and Easy Appliqué Pillow: A HomeDecGal “Can-Do” Project

This eye-catching pillow is made using Coats phoomph for fabric, for a fast and easy appliqué.  Isn’t it amazing how one pillow can make such a statement?

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If you are familiar with quilt patterns you might recognize the traditional oak leaf design used on this pillow.   By using bold black and white fabrics, the pillow has an updated and modern look.

Imagine the possibilities!  For a teen girls room use bright, contrasting colors like hot pink and lime green, or for a more sophisticated style combine seaside colors; soft tan with shell pink or sky blue.  I think this pillow would be perfect for a cabin or rustic-style decor made with a palette of rust, aubergine, olive green and yellow ochre.

 

 

I hope you will be inspired to make this easy appliqué pillow!

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Here is what you will need to make the black and white pillow shown:

  • 1/2 yard of medium to heavy weight white fabric (I used a cotton duck)
  • One 18 inch invisible zipper (white)
  • One piece of black wool felt cut 6 inches x 12 inches
  • One sheet of phoomph, soft (black or white)
  • One 16 inch pillow form

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1. On a piece of paper, draw a 6″ square.  I added 1 inch grid lines.  Draw a line diagonally from corner to corner.  Sketch the shape of the oak leaf pattern in pencil and then when you are happy with the shape make a final line in marker.  Cut out the paper pattern.

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3. Mark two squares 6 inches x 6 inches on one side of the phoomph sheet.  Cut away the extra phoomph and save it for another project.  Draw the oak leaf design on the two 6 inch squares using the pattern.

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4. Peel the paper off the back side of the phoomph sheet and smooth the black felt over the sticky surface.  Trim away any excess, making the edges even with the phoomph.

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5. Cut along the lines, creating 8 individual pieces.

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6.  Cut the white fabric for the pillow front and back 16 inches x 16 inches.  Arrange the felt pieces in the center, creating a mirror image design.

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7. When you have the design in place, pick up the pieces and peel away the paper from the back side and stick in place.

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8. Sew an invisible zipper into the bottom, joining the front and back pieces of the pillow.

Tip: Purchase a zipper that is a few inches longer than needed.  It is much easier to sew because you can move the zipper pull out of the way. 

After the zipper is finished, pin the edges face to face and sew around the other three sides.

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9. Turn the pillow right sides out and stuff with the pillow form and zip closed.

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The finished pillow looks fabulous against a red wall!

Best Wishes,

Susan AKA HomeDecGal

 

 

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Comments

  1. Colleen at Sep 09, 2013 05:34:16

    Do you ever sew the pieces on or does the adhesive back hold them in place? Great pillow! Thanks for sharing this! :)

  2. Jaws at Sep 10, 2013 01:56:28

    Love it. Might be good for my quilters group???

  3. Janet Casapulla at Sep 11, 2013 12:30:12

    Hi Susan
    This is a great looking pillow and your color suggestions fantastic! Do you have to sew down the applique or is the phoomph durable enough? Can you sew through the phoomph?
    Thanks!

  4. HomeDecGal at Sep 24, 2013 08:49:53

    Colleen,
    On this pillow the pieces are not sewn and the adhesive holds the applique in place. If you wanted to sew, you would cut the phoomph slightly smaller than the shape and top stitch or hand sew around the edges. You can’t stitch into phoomph. Or, you could pin and sew. If you make this pillow please share a photo! Thank you!

  5. HomeDecGal at Sep 25, 2013 05:19:11

    Hello Janet,
    On this pillow the pieces are not sewn and the adhesive on the phoomph holds the applique in place. It will work well for a decorative pillow. You can’t sew phoomph. If you want to sew around the appliqué, cut the phoomph slightly smaller than the shape and top stitch or hand sew around the edges. Or, you could pin and sew. If you make this pillow please share a photo! Thank you!


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