I really have pillows on the brain right now, because I'm in the Cushion Cover Swap at Craftster. I wish I could show you the one I'm working on for my partner because I like how it's coming out! But it involves a lot of handwork, so it will be another week or so before it is done (and then I have to wait for it to reach my partner in England before I can show it here!) So instead, I will show you two scripture verse pillows I have just finished.
I love making these pillows because I love scripture, and beading them is really fun!
I make the tops just like a mini quilt, layering the front with batting and a backing fabric. Then I do a little hand-quilting, and add all the beads.
Here's my secret for making a nice smooth pillow: I also layer the back of the pillow like a mini quilt. In this picture, the pillow front has been trimmed; I will just flip it over onto the layered backing, pin it, and take it to the sewing machine to sew it all together.
I leave an opening for stuffing, turn it, and fill it with polyfill. Sew up the bottom and ta-da! Finished!
These pillows are about 9" square, and make a wonderful little gift.
These could be made with any quote on the front; I add the words with a sakura micron marker and a light box. They are really versatile that way, and could be personalized to anyone.