Hello everyone!  This is Kim Lapacek from Persimon Dreams!  I’m excited to be here today and to be sharing with you a fun pillow tutorial that is perfect for spring!  (Even though it’s still snowing around here in Wisconsin – yuck!)

Bloom Pillow

This project is fun and free flowing.  I’m going to give you the basics to enable you to create it but I hope you take the tools and ideas I give you and create a heart themed pillow that is perfect for you!  At the end of December I shared with you a similar tutorial for a snowflake pillow and in February the Hug Me Pillow … if you make them all you can swap them out for each season!

Project Supplies:

Project Instructions:

Download the ‘Heart-Flake Pillow Template’ from Craftsy HERE.

The first page is the lettering that you will use with DecoFoil™ Transfer Sheets.  You can print this page out onto standard paper to use for tracing.

The last two sheets of the template you’re going to want to print onto the ez Print Lite Heat N Bond® sheets.  This will enable you to get the details flowers directly onto the fusible without having to trace them all over again.  Trust me, this makes your world a whole lot easier.

Once you have your templates printed out let’s get started on the pillow.

base fabric

Start with a 18.5” square of turquoise fabric for the base of your pillow.  I chose a fun ombre turquoise fabric.  Lately I’ve been obsessed with ombres.

flower templates

Now, roughly cut out the flowers from the ez Print Lite Heat N Bond® sheets.fused flowers

Fuse the flowers to the wrong sides of the scraps of fabric you chose for your pillow.

cut out flowers

 

Cut out the flowers along the lines.  I’ll admit – this is a bit tedious but I promise it will be worth it in the end.  This is something I will do in front of the tv or while watching my girls at a sporting event.  If you can … save some of the petal shapes you cut out from the designs.  Not all of them are going to be able to be saved but do what you can … this will just add extra interest to the pillow. You can use these on the pillow too.

initial layout

Once the hearts and snowflakes are all cut out lay them out on the pillow top in a manner that looks pleasing to you.  Be sure to leave room for whichever word you’d like to add to the pillow top.  Peel of the paper and press down securely with a hot iron.

decofoil bloom

Now let’s add our DecoFoil word. I chose to use the words ‘BLOOM’.  I have included the options for ‘Spring’ and ‘Fresh’ in the template as well.  Trace the word you choose from the template printed out earlier onto the paper side of the DecoFoil™ Hot Melt Adhesive.  Cut out along the lines you drew.  Place the letters onto the pillow in a place that looks nice to you.  Place a Pressing Sheet over the letters and with a hot iron press evenly for 30 seconds.  Let the letters cool completely before peeling of the paper.

Decofoil Step 2

Now, place your sheet of Lime Green Deco Foil™ shiny side up over the letters.  Cover with a pressing sheet.  Press evenly with a hot iron for 30 seconds.  Let everything cool down before peeling the decofoil off.  Once things are properly cool … peel of the decofoil.

peel off decofoil after properly cooled

And voila!  Your letters look amazing!

Create a quilt sandwich … backing fabric (right side down), batting, bloom top (right side up) and fuse with your preferred method.  I prefer spray basting and I really like the Spray N Bond® Basting Adhesive.  Now it’s time to quilt your pillow top as you like.  I free form quilted mine using Aurifil thread.

quilting

Because I used ez Print Lite Heat N Bond® sheets to fuse my snowflakes down … they all needed stitching to secure them.  This was simple to do with my free form quilting foot and really just added to the end overall effect.

Once you have your top quilted, trim the excess batting and backing fabric so your pillow top is 18″ square.

Bloom Pillow

Follow the Finishing a Pillow with Binding tutorial on Sew Mama Sew  (it’s the last one on the post) to finish off your piece and make it into a great pillow – perfect for winter!  I purchased a 18″ – 20″ pillow form to stuff into my pillow.  A pillow form slightly larger than your pillowcase will fill it out and make it even more poofy and cozy!

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