Yes, I am NOT, I repeat NOT a seamstress. So if I can do this, you can do this!
I didn't even have a pattern.
I started out with a wool sweater I picked up at Goodwill for $3. I washed it in very hot water and then dried it for over an hour in order to 'felt' it. I did this because it is a great way to keep your wool from unraveling. Now when I showed this to my husband all finished and pretty, his response was 'I doesn't look very comfortable to lay on'. It held up pretty good when I whacked him with it!
I did not take any photos of me actually making the pillow. I have told in previous posts how to do that and you can see by going here. I did make this one a little differently. There was a zipper in this one, I cut it out and sewed the 2 sides together down the middle. I used that piece for the front of the pillow. I decided I wanted it to look more like a evening bag than a pillow, so instead of the top being sewn straight across, I cut it to a point and finished off the edges, just like the flap of an evening bag.
For the flower in the center I started cutting out large circles, that progressively got smaller, but still kept them pretty random and did them by hand, not using a template or anything. I thin folded the circle in fourths and cut the 2 corners out a little so it would look more like petals. I hot glued them one on top of the other until i had them all done.
I wanted to add some contrast in the center, I tried to glue some of my leftover cable knit to the top of a medicine bottle to use as the center of the flower but that looked too cheese. I remembered I had bought a beautiful antique broach a few weeks ago at a Thrift store and decided it was just the finishing touch the pillow needed.
he flower looked pretty flat though, so I had to come up with an easy way to get the 'petals' to stand up like the photo above. So I used hot glue (soo much quicker than sewing the flower would have taken)
I took an glued a small strip down the center of the petal and pinched it together with my fingers, then used a plastic clip to hold the pinch together until it dried.
I did this very randomly, some every other, some each one, just whatever you think looks right.
See the bottom petals I had not 'pinched'yet. Can you see the difference above?
I then stuffed the pillow with a pillow insert I whipped up and hot glued it shut!
(the Crewel pillow behind it was a Walmart find believe it or not, $14!! It also come in Cranberry)
I love my evening bag pillow! Do you? I am thinking of selling some in my Etsy shop I just opened. I only have one thing for sale in there so far (lame, I know). So my question is, how much to charge for it? The pillow cost me $3 for the sweater and $5 for the broach. What do you think would be a fair price to ask for this pillow and would you love to have one in your home or give as a gift?