Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fun Accent Pillow

A Gift for my Daughter

It all started with buying several travel pillows at the local discount store. When giving a gift of an accent pillow, I believe small is the way to go.  The travel pillow is the perfect size.

These pillows, including a pillow slip cover, were less than $5.00 for each one.

 I used the slip cover as a pattern for the new project.

This book was my inspiration. Because I decided to give it as a gift to my daughter, I pulled, from my stash of fabric, colors that would fit her color scheme. Look at  this page for some beautiful fabric by the author of my patchwork book.

For this variety in color, you will need at least 4 different prints and 1 solid color fabric for the slip cover.
1 - 5" circle for the large yo-yo
1 - 2 1/2 " circle for the small yo-yo
2 - 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"  large square
2 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" small square
1 - 90" strip cut from 2 pieces ( 45"width of fabric) and sewn together.
1 - solid color fabric according to size of pillow

The first step for the yo-yo is to fold over a small edge and stitch all around, drawing the thread tight to form the yo-yo, Tie thread and press flat.

I decided to add a felt button in the center of the largest yo-yo.

For the 2 squares, I first stitched around two pieces of fabric with the right sides together. I trimmed the corners and cut a slit on one side. Using the opening, turn to the right side and press.

The next step is to position the two squares and two yo-yos on the front of the pillow slip cover. The book shows these pieces machine stitched on the top. I decided to hand applique mine with an invisible stitch.. As you can see, I decided to add one more yo-yo and one additional square. Just play around with it and adjust according to your taste or size of pillow.

After assembling the slip cover, insert the travel pillow and your accent pillow is ready to share with someone. Or, simply keep for your enjoyment.

Have fun adding your touch to the project.
Meggie Mac


  1. Beautiful work, and lovely colors!

  2. This turned out great! I think The Prater's need a few of these


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