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A Super Cute Rosette Pillow From a Pair of Pants!
I made this pretty pillow for my sister as a housewarming gift for her new house. I was in camp when she had her housewarming party though so I wasn't able to give it to her until Christmas. It was a lot of fun to sew and kept me busy when I was staying with Aren while he was on a job in Grande Cache. It took me a while since I didn't take it to camp with me. Now that I have a portable machine though (thanks Pris!) I will be able to take stuff with me while I'm out. Awesome!

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  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 1
    Step 1

    I started with these pants that my sister gave me while I was visiting her.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 2
    Step 2

    These were my two ideas for the rosette pillow. I decided to go with the rectangular pillow as the square one seemed too busy.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 3
    Step 3

    I made some piping (some people will call this cording) for around the edges to give it a sleeker look.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 4
    Step 4

    This is the finished piping before it was sewn onto the cushion itself.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 5
    Step 5

    One side of the cushion with the piping sewn down. You can see the seam at the bottom wear the edges of the piping meet. This will be enclosed in the pillow seam once it is all sewn up.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 6
    Step 6

    I used an existing pattern that I had made for the rosettes. Basically three circles of varying size.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 7
    Step 7

    Each rosette consists of six pieces. You sew two of each size together, cut a small hole in the middle and turn it inside out, then iron them flat. Sorry some of these photos are no good. I don't know what setting the camera was on and I can't really go back and take new photos now. :)

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 8
    Step 8

    Then you gather each of the pieces into a rosette shape.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 9
    Step 9

    After the center piece has been gathered you gather the next piece around that one being sure to hide the hole you cut in between each layer.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 10
    Step 10

    From left to right we have single rosette centers (three), then a center sewn to a 2nd piece and finally a finished rosette.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 11
    Step 11

    The two sides of the pillow were sewn together and it was stuffed before the rosettes were sewn on. Using very small stitches s as to keep them completely invisible the rosettes were sewn down securely in a line across the front.

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 12
    Step 12

    The Finished Cushion

  • How to make an embellished cushion. Cute Rosette Pillow - Step 13
    Step 13

    As I said, this was a fun project and my sister really likes it which makes it well worth the effort! I am pretty excited about the machine I got for Christmas too as I have been unable to do much as far as crafting goes while I am out in camp. I am thinking that I will finish my Strip Quilt while I am out there.

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Lydia H.
Lydia H. · 20 projects
Sammie - I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your comment! I will attempt to explain the process better.
With each of the fabric circles you need to hand sew a circle of large loose stitches in the centre. These are then pulled together to gather the fabric into a "rose" type shape.Then you know it to keep it from undoing. You will end up with a kind of "tail" piece sticking out of the bottom of the rosette. The smaller piece tucks into the larger with this "tail" and then the larger into the largest. As you tuck the tails in you need to be sewing the smaller piece to the larger one to keep it from coming apart. Once all three pieces are sewn together you sew it to the pillow.
Please let me know if this helped you! Happy
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z o m b i e
z o m b i e · Toronto, Ontario, CA · 5 projects
This is really tempting to do but, sadly, I don't understand how you gather the fabric circles in the middle so well. Please let me know so I can attempt to make a pillow for my friend. She never seems to have enough pillows, lol!
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