Little Car Throw Pillow

Friday, April 13, 2012


First of all, can I just say thank you soooooo much for your kind comments and well wishes on my last post. They were just what I needed because I sure haven't been feeling that cute lately. A new pink, stripey shirt and your ultra-sweet messages made me feel like a million bucks. Thank you again. :) 

I know I said I wouldn't be showing any more pictures of nursery stuff until all of the finishing details were done, but I whipped up a little cushion yesterday and it turned out so cute that I just had to share.

I knew I wanted a little throw pillow for the Ikea chair that's in the corner:


I wanted something cute but not too babyish. Fabric is next to impossible to find in this town (and I don't have time to order anything online) so I ended up using some leftovers from what I already had:

- 1 white cotton/linen curtain panel from Pier One (I also used this to sew up a plain jane crib skirt)
- 1 striped cotton shower curtain from Canadian Tire (I used this fabric to cover the chairs in the sunroom

Here's how I did it:

First, I sketched a little car outline on blank paper and cut it out.


Next, I placed the outline onto my decorative fabric until my stripes were lined up how I wanted them:


I traced my outline onto the fabric, cut it out, centred it on my plain background fabric, and adhered it with a bit of fabric glue:


Once the fabric glue was dry, I sewed the car to my pillow fabric with a basic straight stitch. Then I ruffled up the edges to make them look kinda worn:


Next, I placed my two pieces of rectangular fabric together (good sides facing in) and pinned them in place. I sewed them together using a straight stitch and a half-inch seam allowance. I left a small opening on one side to stuff the pillow in:


Using the opening in the side, I turned the pillow cover right-side-out and used the opening to hand-sew on two buttons for wheels:


Once both buttons were on, I stuffed the pillow form into the opening and sewed the opening shut with a basic slipstitch:


The pillow size is 13x20 and should look pretty cute stuffed into that Ikea chair in the nursery. The best part about it was that it was free since I just used what I already had. I'll make sure to show you how it looks when I'm alllllllll done the room.


Well, that's it for now. I'm off to make some more toast. Mmmmm, toast with butter and honey.

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17 comments:

  1. LOVE IT! I love how a simple applique on a white pillow makes such a statement. Now I want to go finish my new pillows, you've motivated me :)

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  2. You just whipped that little pillow up?? You are amazing! It turned out perfectly for your precious nursery! And girl, you are just gorgeous pregnant! You look like a model for maternity clothes on your last post! I know you must be so excited to be at the end...and to hold that sweet lil ninja :) Can't wait to see him!!! Wishing you a wonderful delivery :)

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  3. "You just whipped up a little pillow yesterday"? Really?! I hate you. but yet I love you. Or just want to be you;) It's so cute! But its a car pillow, so I should say its so handsome! Awesome job. Thanks for the great tutorial. Love the addition of the wood buttons.

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  4. Oh my - that pillow is lovely!

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  5. What a sweet pillow!! I love the car fabric and can't wait to see the whole nursery. You have one lucky baby! :)

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  6. I love your adorable little pillow!!! It was the perfect touch to that chair!!! Hope you had a great weekend!!

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  7. such a cute idea! i wanted to do something similar, but wasn't sure how - so thanks for the tips!

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  8. So, so precious, Sarah! I'm definitely pinning this one : )

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  9. I just adore this pillow! The fabric. The button wheels. Everything is just so darn cute ...

    :)

    Linda

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