Sarah Hatheway
February 23, 2015 11:19 am

It’s not quite spring cleaning season yet, but you still might feel like your space needs a little pick-me-up. A cute, handmade piece of décor is just the thing to brighten up a living room or bedroom. With its tongue-in-cheek motto—“bless this mess”—and its cheerful colors, this mini pillow more than fits the bill. It’s easy to put together, too; appliquéing the letters is the most time-consuming step. But hey, that’s why Netflix queues were invented! Pop on a show or movie, grab your needle and thread, and treat yourself to a crafternoon.

Materials:

  • Pale pink silk
  • Bright pink cotton
  • Pale pink thread
  • Bright pink thread
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Basic sewing needle
  • Ruler
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Piece of paper
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Optional: sewing machine

Craft away:

  • Iron the silk. Measure and cut two squares of it, 13-inches long by 13-inches wide.
  • Write “bless this mess” on the paper in lower case, 2-inch tall block letters. You can either draw them by hand, or print them out. Cut out the letters.
  • Trace the letters onto the bright pink fabric, and cut them out.

  • Pin the letters spelling “bless” onto the right side of one of the pieces of silk. Arrange them 2 1/2-inches down from the top of the silk, and 2-inches in from the side. Use the ruler to help keep your letters in a straight line.
  • Cut a couple of feet of the bright pink thread and fold it in half, then thread the needle and tie a knot.
  • Stitch the letters to the silk, using looping stitches arranged close together. Sew on each letter individually, and tie a knot when you’ve finished each figure to hold your work in place.
  • Repeat the above step with the letters spelling “this” and “mess.” Space each word about 1/2-inch apart.
  • Pin the two pieces of silk together with right sides touching.
  • Sew the pieces of silk together around the edges, using the needle and pale pink thread or a sewing machine. Keep your stitches 1/2-inch from the edge of the fabric, and leave a small space unstitched in one corner.

  • Flip the pillow right side out, and iron it.
  • Fill the pillow with the stuffing.
  • Sew the remaining gap in the pillow closed, using the needle and the pale pink thread.
  • Display your new handmade pillow with pride!
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