Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Recycled Roses Pillow Tutorial


Instead of changing the color of the floors (except the hallway) I decided to change the color of the pillows on the couch- we have white floors and a big white couch and with LOTS of pillows and the easiest way for me to change color is with all the pillows. This project is a little time consuming and will take a while for me to complete (we have about 8-10 pillows!!) but I wanted to share one of the ideas I had for a pretty spring pillow using all the flowers I had leftover from this project.


I had all kinds of flowers left over from the wreath I made from recycled roses and I thought they would make a great accent pillow for the couch. To make these roses read this post


I started by cutting a rectangle from plain white muslin and then lined it with interfacing.


Use the sewing machine to "draw" whimsical stems and leaves.
If you don't have a sewing machine, you could also hand embroider stems or if don't sew- you could use fabric paint to paint stems on the surface



Once satisfied with the surface, add the rose to the top of the stems.


Use a needle and thread to sew the roses to the surface.
I'm not going to lie- this is really time consuming but very worth it in the end!


Sew the front of the pillow to a back-
because I LOVE the stitching showing I used green thread and a zig zag stitch on the edges.


Leave an opening, insert stuffing and sew closed.





Oh so pretty!!!

44 comments:

  1. I just made some roses on a project, but this pillow design is so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    Lovely!! ~Theresa

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  2. KittyJ8:16 PM

    Totally cool!

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  3. Those pillows are so Anthropologie.. JUST adore them.. What fabulous work.. and That is the most incredible floor you did.. Makes me want to start painting right now... WOW
    Staci

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  4. Pretty indeed! I made some of these roses too, for another project..they are li'l time consuming, but in the end it's all worth it!!

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  5. love your pillows. I like the blue one too. I will never have time to make my own but I love to admire yours.

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  6. love this to bits. So pretty.

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  7. Very, very creative! So pretty! I love it!

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  8. oh my this is gorgeous, and its now sitting in my favourites box ready for our house move and new decor ideas :) so pretty xxx

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  9. this is just stunning...would love to try something like this...if i get around to it, if you wouldn't miond...xxx would certainly aknowledge you for sure...

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  10. this is just stunning...would love to try something like this...if i get around to it, if you wouldn't miond...xxx would certainly aknowledge you for sure...

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  11. Oh so so gorgeous - looks awesome!!

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  12. That is really pretty. I love the stark contrast of white and texture.

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  13. You make it look so easy Alisa! I wish I was on better terms with my sewing machine.:/

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  14. YAY! Thanks for the great idea!! I am SO going to try this with a bunch of t-shirts my hubby was going to throw away (for the flowers) and one of my couch pillows that my sister spilled coffee on...my 3 year old helped her with that LOL.

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  15. Your creativity and talent continue to amaze me!!! These are wonderful!!
    I love the floor too! That was a great idea!!!

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  16. So lovely... I have to learn to sew....

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  17. Alisa,
    I usually check out your blog without commenting, but I have to say...You are the most creative, inspiring, energetic, un-freakin-believable person I know of! And so generous for sharing so much with us!!! Thank you!
    Chandra

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  18. Oh this is so pretty. I like that it looks like your work!

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  19. What a gorgeous pillow.! I liked the roses but wasn't really sure I'd use them. I love them on the pillow though-- especially the white one with the free motion stems and leaves.

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  20. After seeing this pillow I can die happy. It's that wonderful. I appreciate how you created something essentially spare, yet infused with color. It's just perfect! Kelli

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  21. wow alisa. thanks for sharing your pillow idea. so over ikea pillows LOL. love coming for a visit - always leave smiling :)

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  22. Hello! I just made a blog post about a project I did inspired by your article in cloth, paper, scissors. I hadn't found your site or blog until I did the post. Now, I see these roses, and I have a pile just like them sitting on my sewing table in my sewing room. Mine need a little tweaking so I can't wait to read your tutorial.
    Your work is fabulous and I'm a little embarrassed to show you mine, but you have to start somewhere... If you have time, check out my blog post:
    http://jillruth.blogspot.com/

    I'm so happy to have "met" you!

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  23. OMG! so inspiring!
    love them so much i'd ALMOST be willing to give up the 3 weeks it would likely take me to make one! LOL

    xoxo
    jul

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  24. Those are some GORGEOUS pillows! Seriously I'm swooning over here...

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  25. This is wonderful!! Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I had to make it immediately & posted pics & a link back to you on my blog (:

    www.samstermommy.blogspot.com

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  26. Anonymous12:43 PM

    i very much love all your posting taste, very charming.
    don't give up as well as keep writing considering it just nicely to look through it,
    excited to read more and more of your current posts, stunning day :)

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  27. Looks soooo beautiful!!!

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  28. I want to make a wall hanging with the roses and stems! I may have a project for the day, thank you!!

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  29. I just wanted to say that I work mainly in mix metals (up cycled of course), vintage fabrics (a nice way of saying I tear up clothing that I find at thrift stores)and I mostly find myself making flowers! So, when I saw this I just went bizerk!! I made a panel that was 24x34 and went flower crazy. I am mounting it on a framed canvas and hanging it proudly on my wall.
    Thank you for inspiring me to use my sewing maching to 'draw' and to find another use for all my flowers!! I'm off to by your book!!

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  30. hOLA!!
    Me ha encantado este cojin, me parece tan romántico, jejejej.
    Voy a hacerlo para mi hija de 15 años, y quizás uno para mi.
    Haré un enlace a mi blog de sus tutoriales.
    Aprovecho para agradecerle tanto trabajo que se ha tomado con ellos y por compartirlo con nosotras.
    gracias y saludos
    Con traductor
    Hello!!
    I have been charmed with this cushion, seem to myself to be so romantic, jejejej.
    I am going to do it for my 15-year-old daughter, and probably one for my.
    I will do a link to my blog of his tutoriales.
    I am useful to be grateful to him for so much work that has taken with them and for sharing it with us.
    Graces and regards

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  31. This is stunning! I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com today. Grab my "featured" button.

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  32. Hi Alisa, I meet your blog and i had 2 days to see all your posts! I just can stop...
    I love all tutorials, and the person you seems to be. You find the love in all you do!

    So great, just looove!
    Thanks for share.

    I will try to make one pillow like yours, but i don´t have the same machine as you to make your drawings...

    Kiss

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  33. Je découvre votre univers par hasard. J'adore !!! Mes yeux se régalent sur chaque page. Bonne continuation.

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  35. what an amazing pillow. i'm a fan!

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  36. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Great website, looks very clean and organized. Keep up the good work! antibacterial

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  37. Anonymous4:26 PM

    Just want to say thank you for all the great ideas.so THANK YOU !!!!

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  38. I love this rose pillow! I've been looking for some new ideas and think this just might fill the bill. A great way to practice free-motion quilting, too. Thank you for sharing. I teach baby yoga, so the idea of using it for baby headbands really caught my eye, too!

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  39. The yellow roses pillow tutorial is very good. It is very simple and easy to follow

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  40. Thanks for sharing. LOVE this. Made the pillow and roses yesterday, today I have to sew the roses on and assemble the pillow. So easy and so much fun to do!!

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