My first project using a bit of handmade history from granny’s box is a simple one. Inspired by a pillow we had growing up with a bit of crochet on top. I can’t quite grasp the image of that first pillow anymore…it might have been a dark red…it might have had a phrase like ‘home sweet home’ in the cream colored crochet…I think.
However it was I still remember the idea of it and used it to make this version…
I have to say this was the easiest of the items in the box to work with. Square and intact it made creating this quilted pillow a snap.
I picked a fabric from the stash dark enough to bring out the lace. I also picked it with someone in mind to gift it to for Christmas. (I guess that makes this a bit off a Handmade Holiday post as well!)
I made a traditional quilt sandwich – fabric up, batting, fabric down – out of pieces a few inches larger all around than what I wanted my finished pillow to be. Fat quarter size basically, it’ll end up a 16 inch pillow.
I quilted it simply with a straight stitch roughly following the design of the fabric. I made two of these, one for each side of my pillow.
I trimmed my quilted squares to 16.5… Using a half inch seem allowance because I added a zipper and like to give myself plenty to sew onto.
I centered my crocheted square and pinned it. As I sewed it down I tugged it just a bit to open up the lace, and I sewed inside the scalloped edge so that it made a little fringe.
With my two pillow sides ready to go I basically follow this great tutorial by Brett Bara to finish my pillow. She’s awesome. If zippers make you want to cry you’ll love this tutorial! You’ll be adding zippers to whatever you can get your hands on.
Ta-da! One Christmas gift down, a million more to go! Or should that be one item from granny’s box used a million more to figure out?
I love the extra squishy-ness the quilting adds to this project, but you could totally do this with a single layer of fabric.
So, new throw pillows in your future? How about some doilies? They’re not just for table tops anymore! 🙂