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Alicia Tharp created these flowered felt pillows.
Crafty Living

Felt flowers bloom over old pillows

Note: Journal Gazette copy editor Alicia Tharp made these pillows and shared her instructions for the Crafty Living column.

I’m all about repurposing the old to make it new, especially if I can save money and the environment. I had some pillows that didn’t match anymore and decided they would make great (and cheap!) forms for some new felt pillows with 3-D flowers.

What you need:


•Pillow forms/Fiber-fil/old, unused pillows




•Straight pins

•Flower patterns (printed from Internet or ones you draw freehand)

•Sewing machine

•Buttons (optional)

What you do:

1. Cut out as few or as many flower patterns in different shapes and sizes and mix and match them however you like. I hand cut out shapes for the centers.

2. Next, cut out the front and back of the pillows, leaving a 1/2 -inch seam allowance.

3. Arrange the flowers on the side you plan to use as the front of your pillow. Sew them with as many or as few stitches as desired. I only used one stitch per leaf on the larger leaves. For the center of the flower, you can choose to use a button or just stitch them. Add leaves or a swirl pattern like I did if you think any blank space needs filled.

4. When you complete the pillow front, turn it face down onto the material for the back of your pillow so that the right sides of each piece of fabric face each other. Pin the fabric together and sew on the machine starting about 1/3 of the way into the pillow with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Be sure to backstitch for reinforcement when you put the pillow inside the case. Stitch around the pillow (leaving one side open to insert pillow form) and stop about 1/3 of the way in to backstitch for reinforcement. Before you flip it right-side out, trim the extra fabric from the corners of the pillow to keep the sharp pillow corners. Flip it inside out and put your form inside.

5. To finish the pillow, use a whip stitch to close the hole you didn’t get with a sewing machine.

Crafty Living appears every other Thursday. To reach reach regular columnist Joyce McCartney, call 461-8364 or email Also, go to her blog at There, you will also find the weekly knitting podcast Math4Knitters.