When I was young and would stay home sick from school, my mom and I would always watch Nora Ephron romantic comedies. My favorite was always You’ve Got Mail. In a scene where Meg Ryan has a cold and Tom Hanks brings her daisies, she says, “I love daisies. They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?” For some reason it has always stuck with me. All that to say, I thought a cute daisy pillow would brighten up my living room too!
-3/4 yard of white upholstery fabric
-1/4 yard of yellow cotton fabric
–fabric scissors or rotary cutter
-white and yellow coordinating thread
–clear quilting ruler
Begin your pillow by cutting two white squares 20″x20″. Use your disappearing marker to divide the square into 8 equal slices. Create a template the size of these slices and round the end to make a petal. Draw the rounded petals onto the fabric. Cut these petals’ edges out.
Cut an 8″ circle template out of paper. Use this to cut 4 circles out of the yellow fabric. Sew two together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do the same for the other two.
Very carefully cut a slit about 1″ in the center of just one side of each set of the circles. This creates a hole to pull the other uncut side through. Using the tips of your fingers, roll the edge fabric of the circles out to the stitch line. Iron along as you find the edge to press it in.
Sew the circles onto the white body of the pillows.
With the two white pieces facing each other, sew them together using a half inch seam allowance. At the indents, sew 2 stitches across. This keeps them much sharper when you flip it. Speaking of, make sure to leave a few inches un-sewn to have a hole to turn it right-side out. Clip the seam allowance being careful not to cut the thread. Next step, turn it right-side out through that hole. Like you did with the yellow circles, iron the edges outward.
Sew a few tack stitches every few inches around the yellow circle through all of the layers. Leave some room between them to fill it with stuffing. Loosely fill the entire pillow with stuffing. If you overstuff, it will buckle. Hand-sew the opening closed.
I think it definitely adds an extra friendly touch to my mid-century chair in our living room. I only wish I had made two so I could also have one for my couch. Looks like I have another trip to the fabric store in my future. Though, let’s be real, I might as well move into a fabric store with how much time I spend there. xo, Mallory
p.s. My mom & I made the drapes with this fabric and the sheers are from Ikea.