Project Name: Lollipops Pillow
Pattern: Book – Quilts from the House of Tula Pink
Finished Size: 18″ x 18″
Tula Pink’s fun new book, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink, tapped into my passion for covered buttons and love of bright happy colors. The Lollipop Pillow was a perfect project for using my Pink Chalk Fabrics covered button kit.
Immediately after seeing the pattern, I pulled out my ‘inspiration’ basket and began digging for a fun combination of colors. This basket often serves as my jump off point for projects. Sometimes the scraps inside are large enough to be part of the project – sometimes the scraps just get the creative thoughts running around in my head. Hours are spent moving the bits and pieces from pile to pile.
The wonderful arrangement of buttons is set on a foundation of stitched lines. The lines are drawn on with a disappearing ink pen. I used a double stitch on my machine to make the star pattern. Stitching continuously, each line crosses back through the center point.
After arranging the buttons on the fabric, I taped them on with blue masking tape. The buttons are hand stitched with a curved needle and heavy thread in groups. It is easier not to tie off between each button. (The draw back of linking buttons together is that they are not moveable in the end. I had a couple I would have placed differently!)
To finish the pillow the envelope style back is attached. Once the pillow is turned a simple top stitch gives it a beautiful look. Insert an 18″ x 18″ pillow form and – Voila!!
The pillow now has a cozy spot on my bed.
Happy Sewing! – Carrie