Monday, February 18, 2013

Low(er) Volume(ish) Pillow

Several months ago, I bought a large pillow form (26inch square.)  I know I bought it with a plan in mind but other things got in the way and now I can't even remember what that plan was.  What I do know is that the huge pillow form - even when rolled up in the package - was taking up a lot of precious room in my tiny sewing space.



I was determined to finally use the pillow form this weekend and get it out of my sewing space.  I kept going back and forth between different fabrics and designs and even considered just using one big piece of fabric - it was really looking like this pillow form would be spending more time in the package.    



So, I went back to my quilting roots - QAYG!  I cut a piece of batting at 28" square and a piece of backing a bit larger than that.  I grabbed a bunch of low(er) volume(ish) fabrics and just started putting it all together.  (Note:  if I was making anything other than a pillow, I wouldn't have added the backing until the end but since the backing would be hidden inside the pillow, I figured it didn't matter if I just added it at this point.)  


I trimmed the top to 25" before adding the envelope back but as you can see I still had lots of extra room despite it being a 26" form.  I even redid the stitching with a larger seam but it still had tons of room.  



Oh, well.  I don't usually topstitch around the edges afterwards but I decided to try it this time to see if it made a difference and while it is still not quite the best fit, I'm leaving it as is (at least for now.)

The pillow is now living on the "floor couch" in the tiny room that my daughters refer to as "the library" - they read so many books set in the olden days that I guess they think all houses have a library!  Of course, they also think I grew up in the olden days so . . .

(linking to Crazy Mom Quilts)

42 comments:

  1. Great pillow, and mine loved Little House in the Prairie, totally fascinated by life then and rather wishing theirs was like that too.

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  2. Fab cushion, love the volume, its just right, not too loud and not too quiet! : )

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  3. What a fantastic giant, perfectly patchy, low volumish pillow. I would not mind having it in my library. But of course, I'd have to get the library first:)

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  4. Pretty soft and squishy ... a lovely pillow! I do like your fabric choices and placement. "Lower volume" is one of those concepts I need to explore more. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  5. That pillow is amazing! I have one planned as well! I am loving everything low volume at the moment!

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  6. Oh I love the lower volume cushion and that your girls will use it in 'the library'!

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  7. This is gorgeous - really love the mix of fabric you used!

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  8. Oh it's just gorgeous! So so pretty I bet your girls will love sitting on it and looking at all their books :-)

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  9. Love this Low Volume cushion! My instinct is always big loud prints but this is just gorgeous. I am officially a convert - Low Volume rocks!

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  10. Very cute! I think the fabrics are "perfect" for a girls' reading nook!

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  11. It doesn't get any better than this!! Gorgeous

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  12. LOve, Love, Love this pillow!!! ♥

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  13. Aww, I want to read a book on a big cushion in the library!

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  14. What a pretty pillow! I wonder what dimensions would have made the cushion feel fuller. I would think 1 inch short n each side would be plenty.

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  15. Oh that looks so cute. I really need to make something with this color palette.

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  16. Great pillow. It would be great in a reading nook! My 9yo daughter loves The Famous Five series at the moment, so not only libraries but catacombs and smugglers are features of her vocab. I loved these books when I was her age too. Of course that was the olden days - the 80s!

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  17. Beth, I love this!! You've completely inspired me -- I have to make one too!

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  18. Its fantastic! I love love love low volume! Great job!

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  19. Scrumdiddiliumptious! Lovely pillow. i think the volume is juuuust right. Nice mix of busy/calm and very welcoming.
    (I call my study the library too - that's where allt he books live, so I'm voting it's right)
    E xx

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  20. This is so beautiful. I love the fabrics. My son is an avid reader also, he used to not be. Something really clicked in 5th grade and now I'm going broke buying ebooks. It could be worse right? You have inspired me to make him a "reading" pillow.

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  21. Love it Beth, I might have to try out this low-volume look!

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  22. Beautiful! I love the low volume. I have to go get me some low-volume fabrics. Beautiful work as always.

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  23. Looks great. Love the low-volume look.

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  24. Gorgeous! Those low-volume fabrics play so nicely together.

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  25. I think this pillow is great! I've got some huge pillow forms sitting in my closet too, maybe I should pull them out and get to work.

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  26. Oh it looks great! And for low volume, not even a little bit boring :) I really wish I'd bought some Summersville now.

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  27. At least two of my friends and I have switched the formal dining room and made it into a library. Then we put the dining room in the Great Room (or its equivalent).

    Your kids are right!

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  28. Your pillow is lovely! I am picturing some kind of Little Women scene over at your house (whereas mine is more like Lord of the Flies!).

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  29. No wonder you got all those comments!
    Your pillow is absolutely fantastic!!!

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  30. This is beautiful. I've not tried QAYG yet, but I think it's next up on my list. I've got a pillow that needs covered and I think something like this would be a quick and easy project.

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  31. I absolutely LOVE THIS PILLOW!! Can you recommend a good pillow tutorial? I would love to make a similar pillow but really have no idea where to start!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I couldn't get your email to reply directly. I don't have a specific tutorial to recommend but hopefully if you did a search for envelope back pillows, you can find one. If you send me your email, I can send you some more information.

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  32. Haha! You had me cracking up just at your title ;-) This pillow is so pretty.

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