Saturday, November 13, 2010

Crochet Topped Pillow

Thursday I had the day off and spent most of the day here at home.  I decided to create something that I could complete in a couple of hours.  I had just been to the Goodwill and found some new linens and was reminded of some that I had found in similar bag at Goodwill a while back.

This is the crocheted piece I found.  It was stained and a few things were loose on it so I washed it and let it dry in the sun.  All of the stains are gone.  I really like birds and yellow and blue are some of my favorite colors. 

This picture was taken before the stains were removed.

I began looking around my sewing room and found this towelling.  I bought towelling at an antique store in two colors, this and a lighter one with just a blue line on the edges.  I purchased this a few years ago so I have forgotten what I paid for it but I know it wasn't much.

I love the color of this towelling

Notice the yellow and blue stripes on either side.

I folded down the edges about 2 inches, pressed and sewed 1/4 inch away from the fold, then pressed toward the center to make a pleat. 

It is hard to see but both edges have a 1/4 inch seam on the folded edge.

I decided to have two seams so I folded the fabric again 3/4 inch away from the first folded edge.  The seams were all pressed toward the center (I am not sure why I pressed them in and not out, hmmm, I guess that's the way it is)

Here it is ready for the crochet work to be centered on the fabric and hand sewn on.

A closer look at the corners.

All sewn together and ready for a pillow form to stuff  inside.  I made one from muslin to fit the measurements.

Stuffed and sewn closed and now on a chair in my dining room.

The picture below shows a closer look at the edging and the little pleats all around the pillow.

The pillow was sitting in this chair just to have its picture taken, I am not sure where it will find its new home.  I do know that I had a lot of fun making it.
I am linking to November Creative Spirit Challenge at Whimsical Musings 
 the Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts


  1. Sherry, that is cute! I have a towel almost exactly like that. I will have to try making it into a pillow.

  2. That crocheted piece is so unique! You are so creative.

  3. Oh, how pretty, Sherry And thanks so much for linking it up!!!! It's a beautiful creation!
    So happy to have you join the challenge!!

  4. You are one of these people that can pick up anything and make it aren't you? I am jealous. That pillow is cute!

  5. Hi Sherry,
    I just love your pillow and the fabric that you used to make it. It's perfect for the chair.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I am following you now and I hope you will follow me too. We can get to know each other better.


  6. I love doing projects like this. Accidental happenings create the most beautiful pieces. I love this one very much. I'm partial to little birds and bunnies and this is truly a comforting pillow. Hugs and thank you for stopping by my blog. Tammy

  7. Very pretty!!!! You have amazing talent Sherry.

  8. Gorgeous! I love the pleats, you are obviously a more patient sewer than me! I would never take the time to put in pleats and then I would never get them straight, but the pleats make all the difference!


  9. What a great idea--how delightful!

  10. Love your cute little pillow. You did a great job of creating! Use what you have. Don't you love the goodwill?..and all thrift stores as well. Such fun to find treasures.

    Smiles and Blessings,

  11. Oh, how cool! I love the birds in yellow. What a great thrift store find. Thanks for showing this great project and how you completed it. I love your blog posts! Thanks for sharing.

  12. You are very creative and talented. I have no sewing skills at all other than reattaching a button or fixing a small seam. :)

  13. Looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Found you through cottage instincts.

  14. Just popped over from Raspberry Rabbits. Your creativity is amazing. Love how the pillow turned out.

  15. The pillow turned out beautiful, Sherry! I love it, very creative!


  16. WOWSERS! Gorgeous piece, Sherry!

  17. Sherry, your pillow is truly special! Such whimsy and personality! I would be proud to have it in my home! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments!

  18. Your pillow is gorgeous! What a great way to repurpose the vintage crocheted piece. I've never heard of towelling before, but I love the look!

  19. That pillow is super cute Sherri! Love it!