Tutorial: Sweet Confection Pillow

As I was making this pillow, it reminded me the of rows and rows of candy I used to see inFarrell’s.  Does anyone have a Farrell’s in their town?  We lost ours about 20 years ago, but I hear they are making a comeback!  Yay!
This really is a simple pillow to make.  It’s just rows of pom-pom fringe sewn on with a zig-zag stitch.  The back is an easy envelope closure.  Really, the hardest part was coming up with a color combination.  I was pretty much at the mercy of what Joann’s had in stock, but I could see this done all in one color, or different hues of the same color.
Or even a different color every row….
Wanna make one?  Let’s get started!

Materials:

14″ pillow form
1/2 yard white duck or twill fabric.
12 yards of pompom trim
Coordinating thread

Instructions:

1.  Cut your fabric pieces.
Cut 2:  15″ x 15″
Cut 1:  15″ x 14″
Cut 1:  15′ x 7″

2.  Cut all the pom trim into 15″ lengths.  You should get at least 7 pieces of each color (if you are using 4 colors)

3.  Place your first 15″ pom trim piece 1.5″ from the bottom of the 15″ square piece.  The top of the trim should be at the 1.5″ mark as seen above

4.  Using the same colored thread as the trim, sew on with a wide zig-zag stitch.

5.  Add the next row right next to the other one, working your way up.  I found there was no need to pin the pom trim once you get started.  It is easier to keep it close with your hands while you are sewing than trying to pin all that trim down!  Sew on 7 rows of the first color.

6. Continue with the rest of the colors.  Each color will be 7 rows high.

7. Trim the poms off on the ends so you can sew your 1/2″ seam.

8.  Take your cut pieces for the back. (7×15 & 14×15)  On the 15″ side,  fold over and press 1″ down on the top and then fold over and press again 1″ to create a hem.  Sew in place .  Do the same on both pieces as shown above.

9.Take the now 15″ x 12″ piece and place it RST on the pom fringe piece.  Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

10.  Take the now 15″ x 5″ piece and place it down and sew it onto place, making sure to reinforce around the edges. Clip corners and turn right side out

You’re done!
I’ve enjoyed seeing this pillow around the house.
It fits right in with the other playful things around the house for the kids.
Are you gonna make one?
I’d LOVE to see it  :)
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Comments

  1. says

    So awesome!
    Saw the pompomtrim this morning at the fabric market..now I realize wat I could do with it :o)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Greetings from Amsterdam
    Maren

  2. says

    Cute pillow!! For some reason I seem to think you live in so cal….if that’s the case, there’s a Farrell’s in Mission Viejo & one in Santa Clarita.

  3. says

    WOW–great pillow & tutorial! After looking at the tutorial it isn’t as difficult as I thought! Love it! I hope you will visit SewWoodsy.blogspot.com and link up this project!

  4. says

    Susan,
    You are one talented gal!!! I have featured your “Chrvsi Pins”…when I saw them…I just had to share them with all my girlfriends…I hope you don’t mind:) Please feel free to grab my starfish featured button for your blog and yes I’m going to follow along with, so I can see more!!!
    Lovin this cute pom pom pillow too!

    Blessings,
    Linda

  5. says

    Ohmigosh!!! I used to work at Farrell’s. The zoo, pike’s peak, the birthday parties, the candy. Thanks for bringing back the memories.
    Love the pillow and have added it to my ‘to do’ list.

  6. says

    L.O.V.E. this! Wow! Super cute!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

  7. says

    Oh what a magic…. I really dont understand when I saw first your cushions, I thought about what it will be…. oh really magic it is. simple thing but your creativity make it worth to win a competition. Congrates…
    They are very happy and cheerful cushions and can spread the livliness in any room..
    Hope you would like to have a cup of tea with my cookies at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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