When Young House Love last week challenged readers to create something they pinned as part of the Winter Pinterest Challenge I started thinking. The goal is to stop just pinning and actually create one of my “must make” items. I love a good challenge, and I love checking something off my “do it someday” list! (ps – this challenge was also hosted by Decor and the Dog, The Remodeled Life, and BowerPower)
I LOVE this Pretty Polkadot Valentine Pillow by Katie over at Sweet Rose Studio. But since I have little boys, I decided to go with a dinosaur instead. And since I love quick crafting, I decided on a raw-edge reverse applique pillow, and still try to add some of the texture she created.
I loved the texture in her pillow, as well as the stripes/spots combination. I went to the fabric store with the intention of buying chenille fabric for the center, and a grey and white spot fabric for the border, but fell in love with the minkee/corduroy combination. If you want to make a similar pillow, here is what you need:
1/2 yard red dot minkee
3/4 yard grey corduroy
18″ Pillow Form
Cut the corduroy into a strip 19″ x 42″. Cut the minkee into a square 18″ x 18″. Fold The corduroy in half right sides together, and the minkee in half wrong sides together. Lay on top of each other with the folded edges lined up.
Unfold the corduroy, then pin down the rest of the minkee.
On a 15″ x 15″ piece of freezer paper, free-hand a dinosaur. I referenced the fabric from my son’s Dinosaur Nursery. Remember that this is a reverse of the finished image.
Iron the freezer paper to the back of the minkee. Make sure to center the drawing.
Lower the stitch length on your sewing machine and stitch around the dinosaur.
Tear away the freezer paper and trim around the dinosaur.
Finish each short end of the corduroy by folding over 1/2 inch, folding over a second time, then stitching down.
Right sides together, fold one end in 10″. Fold the other end in about 10″, more-or-less to make the pillow 18″ tall. Pin sides.
Stitch down sides, then turn the pillow right side out. Carefully snip into the corduroy dinosaur, being super careful not to cut the minkee. Trim the center away, about 1/4″ish from the stitching.
Now all that’s left is to add a pillow…
And a baby… since it is going in his nursery!