I have a sweet new Birdie pillow for you!
Isn’t he cute? I think all birdies at the beach need a parasol. It’s a must.
(The inspiration for this came from a pillow in the magazine, Fresh Home. I cannot find this pillow anywhere online though. So unfortunately I don’t have an inspiration photo for you. )
Would you like to make your own? Here is a supply list:
1 piece of transfer paper – with reversed image of bird and number printed on it
1 16″ x 16″ pillow form
1 linen square – 16″ x 16″
Fabric for back and beach ball – 1 16″ x 12″ rectangle, 1 16″ x 7″ rectangle, small scraps for beach ball, about 6″ x “6
Fabric for ruffle, edging on back, beach ball and parasol – 1 16″ x 3″ rectangle for back edging, 5″ x 96″ for ruffle (can be pieced if necessary), small scraps for beach ball and parasol, about 6″ x 6″
Wonder Under, or other fusible web
small piece of jute for button loop on back, 5” long
Let’s get started.
Cut out all your fabric pieces. Draw out the design for the beach ball and parasol for your patterns and cut these out of fabric as well.
Cut out your beach ball and parasol pieces out of fusible web, and iron the fabric onto the web. Remove the paper on the other side. Cut out your bird and number transfers, close to the ink.
Lay out all the pieces on the linen and iron everything on, your fabric pieces and your transfer.
At this point you can either “distress” your bird or leave him solid. Here is a trick I’ve found (by accident once) to distress a transfer. I have an old Teflon fabric ironing board cover that I use for this. I have tried it with regular fabric but it does not work. Once your bird is ironed on and you have removed the transfer paper backing, turn your piece over so the transfer is face down on the Teflon fabric. Iron the back of your piece down, not too long, but enough to get hot. Peel up the fabric and some of the transfer will stick to the Teflon. (This is why you want to use an old piece, not your regular ironing board cover.) You might practice this with a sample transfer to determine how long to leave the iron on the back of the fabric. After this step your birdie looks like this:
Draw on your parasol handle with a fabric marking pen (that has disappearing or removable ink).
The next step is to sew all the fabric pieces down. I used a straight stitch for the parasol handle (about 6 lines back and forth) and a satin stitch around the beach ball and parasol, with a contrasting black thread.
Mark and sew on the button at the top of the parasol.
To prepare the ruffle, sew together any piecing you need to do to make 96″. Fold your rectangle with the long sides wrong sides together. Hem the two ends of the rectangle. Sew a ruffle stitch down the raw end, or use a basting stitch and pull up the threads so that the ruffle is size of the pillow top. Pin then sew the ruffle on to the top, with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
For the back panels, hem the smaller rectangle along the top 16″ side. On the larger rectangle, for the edging piece, fold the small piece of contrast edging wrong sides together, and pin to the bottom end of the larger panel. Place the jute loop between these two pieces. Sew them together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn and press the edging piece down, with top panel overlapping that piece by about 1/2″. Top-stitch the bottom panel just above the edging, sewing over the jute loop to reinforce it.
Place the two panel pieces together, with the top overlapping the bottom, to make a 16″ square. Baste the two sides together.
Pin the back panels to the front panel, right sides together, making sure the ruffle is facing in. Sew around all four sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn right side out and make sure the ruffle isn’t caught in the seam anywhere. If everything is fine, turn wrong side out and clip the corners of the pillow. Turn right side out again and press the edges.
Insert pillow cover and mark where to sew button on the back lower panel. Sew on button and place loop of jute around it to hold it on.
Turn it over and admire your sweet birdie with a parasol.
The back. :)
I hope you like it!
Here is the pattern for the Parasol, Birdie and Beachball. Click here to download it!
This is beautiful! LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Emily @ Frilly Details says
Your pillows are a work of art! Just lovely.
Debby Messner says
This pillow is my favorite thing that you have made……smile, smile. ((((HUGS)))))
Phoenix Peacock says
Bev, this is adorable! I love the colors, the pattern, the ruffle. Everything! Not a stitch overlooked.
Ok you make the cutest things!!! Do you want to come make a few for my house? Seriously though I love all your creations!!!
C Roecker says
I love that it is double sided. I love the button detail on the back!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog!
so so so cute! i love birds on everything lately!
Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says
This is so cute and fun. I like the transfer distress tip, too.
This is way, way too cute. Love it.
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
This looks great! I love the mixed media. And I love your distressing technique for the iron ons! I think the ruffle around the pillow is my favorite though. â™¥
Jennie Larsen says
This pillos is stinken cute, I love it and the fabric. I would love LOVE for you to link it to my craft party going on now. CraftOManiac.blogspot.com Thanks Jen
Your pillow is so precious. You did a great job.
Be a sweetie,
Totally gorgeous pillow! The colors are fantastic and I love all the texture you’ve added to it… just lovely. Thanks for sharing!
So cute!! You are talented-I hope to be that talented of a sewer one day! Thanks for visitng my blog. I am going to check out all your projects now:-)
Staci Johnson says
That is sooo darling! I would love to have that for my couch:)
Lovely.. It looks so pretty!!! very creative!!!
Thanks for sharing your project at Anything Related! ~Bridgette
Holly L says
What a cute pillow…every birdie should have a parasol! I adore your fabric selection and, well, just everything about this creation.
It is a really cute pillow. I thought that the bird was printed on. I love that it is really fabric. Great job.
This is adorable! I love your color choices.
Jennie Larsen says
YOUR BIRDIE PILLOW THAT IS PRECIOUS has been featured at CraftOManiac.blogspot.com thanks so much for linking, Jen
Larri at Seams Inspired says
How cute! I can’t wait to try this. Stopping over from Saturday Standstill. Happy Sewing! :o)
This is darling! would you come link it up to our linky party fabric tuesday’s? (and any future fabric projects you may have?)
Veronica Arteira says
Your pillou is so beautiful!
I just found your website! The pillow is beautiful. Thank you so much!