Thursday, July 7, 2011

A color matching game pillow!

I know ANOTHER pillow tutorial, but with this doing of the babes room I am a bit obsessed with making her decor for her room that is a unique and fun and today I thought to myself 'why not educational too!'

So I decided to make the babes a color matching pillow game. Cozy for her head and good for her brain!



Cute? I think so! Want to make one - you can it's quite easy and doesn't take nearly as long as the owl pillow since there is very little hand sewing involved. The steps for pillow construction are similar and as you can see the fabrics I used match as well.

For this pillow I cut my main pillow square 15.5"x15.5" since I had a 14"x14" pillow form. and did 2/3 of the main piece size for each back flap so there is a good amount of overlap in the back.

I made whales for the pillow to match the wall decals we bought for the babes new room. (although I won't lie I almost did hearts). Feel free to use whatever shape you like (if there is interest I can upload my whale pattern).

This project is great for using up felt scraps (which I have plenty of) Cut out 9 of your chosen shape out of 9 different colors.
(the babes is trying to grab the felt)

Next figure out where your shapes will lie and where the buttons need to be, because of the shape of the whale I couldn't just center and line up the buttons, but if you did a simple shape (like a heart) you could just line everything up much easier.



  •  Find 9 buttons to match your 9 colors (or else you won't have much of a matching game). 
  • Sew the buttons on in their places




Now move onto the back, I did bias tape on one side of the back flap and then double folded over and hemmed the other side. (note that if you use the super skinny bias tape like I did you need to pin it very well and take out the pins as you come up to them for a tidy look)


Lay your pieces out main pillow piece side up, bias taped back flap right side facing the whales side, and then the hemmed back piece on the top right side down.


Pin, sew around all four sides, flip out, and you are done!


Happy sewing!

19 comments:

Happy in red said...

Ain't that cute!!
Esther.

Aunna @ Rips in My Jeans said...

So fun! Love the whales!

BluBabesCreate said...

Perfect for Oregon!

Abby said...

Very cute!

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Kristy said...

That is precious! Found you through the Southern Institute link up! :)

Ashley said...

so cute!!! and very creative:)
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Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said...

Oh my goodness...I am in love with this pillow and am pinning it on Pinterest RIGHT NOW! I am new to sewing and can't wait to try making this.

I'm a new follower from the Playdate Link Party. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hello and follow back if you'd like. :)

Ruth said...

Great tutorial! Really clear instructions - thanks!

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

how adorable! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional party going on now. There is a really great giveaway going on with it. I hope to see you soon! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-linky-party-and.html
~Macy

Michele Alger said...

What a FANTASTIC idea!! Thank you for sharing. I never have thought to do that on a pillow!!

kasia said...

I love this pillow. Not only because it is cute, but because I multifunctional things. Thank you so much for sharing. I am your newest follower.

Summer said...

Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

Sumo:)

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

thank you all so much!
@summer - thanks for featuring! I look forward to checking out your blog this Saturday! (although to note I've been a follower of yours for quite some time now)

Six Sisters said...

This is such a great idea!! I love how simple it is to make and how absolutely darling it looks! I love the bright colors- this would look great in my daughter's room! Thanks for sharing your great idea. Your blog is so cute- I love your owl pillow- it reminds me of something that I saw at Pottery Barn Kids. I am bookmarking it to make later! I am your newest follower! And thank you so much for linking up to our party! We would love to have you come back again tomorrow for Strut Your Stuff Saturday!
Camille @
SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

willow said...

Another great pillow! THanks for linking up with toddler Tuesday's at Willow Bean Studio.

* Taci * said...

so smart and cute!! i love your ideas and such a pretty look. I'm following!!

Jami said...

Hey Jen!
Thanks for linking up your this wonderful pillow/game at the Tuesday To Do Party last week! It's genius!
I'm trying to get caught up after finally getting my commenting issues resolved!
Have a great week!
Smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Thanks for linking to Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings! Loved the ideas!

Melanie
bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

Infarrantly Creative said...

Oh my word that is so sweet. My daughter would love that. What a great boredom buster.