Sunday, March 18, 2012

Union Jack Pillow

Ever since I rented my booth on March 1, I have been nonstop brainstorming ideas on what I want my space to look like, things I want to fill it with, things I know are popular right now, and things I can make quickly and inexpensively.

One of the trends I LOVE right now is the Union Jack. I don't think I would have the patience to paint one on a piece of furniture so I made a pillow using this picture I found on Pinterest for inspiration.



Now, I have to tell you, other than an extremely simple pillow case I made for my son recently I have never used a sewing machine in my life. I got one for Christmas this year and I had fun figuring things out.

I bought a 14 x 14 pillow form from Joanne's 40% off and used a drop cloth and lace for my material.

I cut two squares from my drop cloth. They measured 15 x 15 for seam allowance.

I cut four strips of drop cloth each about 2 inches wide. Two are 15 inches in length. The other two are 21 inches in length. I folded and ironed down the sides for a nice seam. 

I cut four strips of lace the same lengths as the drop cloth. 

Then I sewed on a strip of drop cloth and then went back and sewed on the lace. 

Continue this process

Until all your strips are sewn in place.

Then, I sewed the 15 x 15 squares together, inserted my pillow form, and slip stitched the open seam.

I am so pleased with how my first major sewing project turned out!!! This pillow will be going to my booth, but I wish I could keep it for myself. :) I love it!!





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52 comments:

  1. I really like it, you are extremely creative to think of that. Very original

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  2. Your pillow is very pretty. Good for you taking on such a project when you are so new to sewing!

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  3. This is beautiful! love it, I'm sure it'll sell quickly:)

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  4. Wow this looks so cute! Nice job with the sewing!

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  5. I love the simplicity of this piece!

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  6. OMG! That pillow is divine! I LOVE it. Great job! Much love, Lisa

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  7. Really simple but looks fantastic. Great job!

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  8. Your pillow turned out GREAT!
    Mary Alice

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  9. I think that pillow will sell quickly! You may find yourself doing a lot of sewing. ~ Maureen

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  10. It looks great, I could see this in other colours

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  11. Beautiful! I love the fabric you chose. So pretty! I want it!

    Jeanine

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  12. I love this sweet little pillow! I have a few similar ones saved in my Etsy archives. How much are you charging for it?
    xo Becca

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  13. stumbled onto your blog from the blog hop and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed reading this post!! very very cute pillow!


    http://infinitelifefitness.com
    http://mscomposure.blogspot.com

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  14. The pillow looks great! Hope you enjoyed it, I have a feeling orders will come in like crazy!

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  15. So pretty - great job!

    Visiting from Tuesday's Treasures...

    Rhonda @ home.made.

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  16. Love this. It is a not so in your face Union Jack. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Keeping It Simple.

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  17. Looks cute! :) The simple choice of colours and lace give the union flag motif a more antiquey-yet-stylish appearance :) Good job!

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  18. I love your pillow! It's amazing what a drop cloth can be used for.

    Dee

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  19. Gorgeous pillows, I can see why you'd want to keep it for yourself! Congrats on the booth, I need to start doing something like that, too. ThanKs so much for linking to Ivy and Elephants.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  20. Love Union Jack pillows! Yours is so warm and soft and inviting. It'll sell quickly!

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  21. Very very chic! I love the union jack inspired motif!
    Yvonne

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  22. love this! i love union jack...and this is the first time i've seen one all in neutrals! definitely pinning this one! thanks for sharing!

    kimberly
    anightowlblog.blogspot.com

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  23. I like this because it's simple and neutral. Thanks so much for linking to Handmade Tuesdays!

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  24. This is awesome! I'd love to have you share it at my link party/give-away running now through Saturday!

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  25. Love it....very pretty with the lace!!!!
    ~Des

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  26. You never let me down with your beautifulness! That is probably not a real word, but it is a good description of everything you make! Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  27. I'm LOVING this pillow! I really like the lace with it! I'm linking it up to my FB page tonight!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

    --Katie

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  28. Love this pillow; the neutrals look so classy with this wonderful symbol. Great job!

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  29. Looks great!! I just did a trends post on the Union Jack, a trend I'm totally loving right now! This is a great way to add a bit of Brit to your decor without the bold colors! Thanks for sharing:)
    Sarah

    http://www.justthebeesknees.com/2012/03/trendy-tuesday-british-invasion.html

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  30. Hi Mellissa! Oh my gosh - this is sooo beautiful!! Great design! Love the Union Jack element! Visiting from Serenity Now linky party....so glad I found your blog - am your newest follower. Please visit my blog and say hello - I love to make new bloggy friends! Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

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  31. Oh my this is lovely!

    Happy day, happy spring, happy happy everything!

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  32. lovely! just love the color pallet. visititng from french country cottage.

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  33. such a great idea. i love it!


    Thanks for linking up to Blissful and Domestic's Feature Friday Linky Party. You Rock!

    Danielle
    Blissful & Domestic

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  34. looks great i love the union jack being as im english xxxx

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  35. You did an amazing job and it looks beautiful! I love it!

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  36. I love the Union Jack on anything...maybe cause my husbands English? This is such a feminine look, love it!
    www.imprintalish.blogspot.com

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  37. You are really awesome! I always love your ideas and I wish I had a booth to style! This pillow is fab and I may have to steal your idea:)Please, please, if you have a sec, come link it up at Too Much Time On My Hands link party going on till Monday night:)
    xxx Kim
    http://too-much-time.com/2012/03/get-schooled-saturday-15-dont-stop-the-party.html

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  38. WOW!!! Congrats on such a beautiful job on your first sewing project! It is lovely <3. Thanks so much for linking up!
    Igottacreate.blogspot.com
    Spring Fling linky party

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  39. Happy Saturday! I wanted to let you know that you've been featured today at The Gunny Sack. Stop by, check it out and grab a button!

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/03/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-30.html

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  40. So beautiful! I love the rustic/romantic feeling it gives.
    I would love for you to share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" link party.
    http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/03/unveil-your-genius-link-party_22.html

    Happy Sunday!

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  41. I love the simple clean look! Found you from Tatertots and Jello :)

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  42. This is so beautiful. I usually have my friend and partner in crime do all the sewing projects, but you've inspired me to give this one a try. God save the queen! :)

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  43. Love this! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  44. The pillow is just beautiful! Great sewing job!!! We loved having you at "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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  45. I love it. It came out just darling!! :) Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  46. Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing this at my link party :)

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