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One of my New Year’s goals was to take the time to make our future daughter some kind of handmade project every month, whether it be a plush doll or a little hat and even a few larger projects like a blanket. This is the second one I’ve completed so far.
This project is doable on any skill level. You don’t need a sewing machine, and I finished mine in just one afternoon.
Step One: Mark off your design with tape on your pillow. This is helpful to just give you the general idea of the shape you want to create. If you use a bunch of small pieces of tape, like I did here, you can pull them off as you sew.
Step Two: Plan out your roving colors by simply laying them out on the taped shape, adjusting them until you are happy.
I went with all pastels because I’m keeping our nursery very light and soft.
Step Three: On the end of each piece of roving, you’ll want to tuck about one inch under, so it gets sewn down under the piece. I left my roving strands uncut until I was ready to trim it off at the end.
Step Four: Stitch the roving down every half inch or so, working your way all the way around the U shape of each color. Oh—and be sure to start from the inside of the rainbow. It’s easier to control your shape that way.
I actually almost added tassels or pom poms to the corners but ended up loving it better just plain. You can totally add some to yours if you feel it needs more detail.
I had SO much fun making this pillow. You know how some DIY projects have you cursing up a storm by the end and some have you singing your favorite song… this was one of the good ones. I highly recommend it if you’re in need on an easygoing craft night with a cute result.
This was my first project with roving and it won’t be my last. I can see so many possibilities with it! Thanks so much for reading, you guys. I can’t wait to share my completed nursery with you in just a few months. Augh!! xx -Elsie
Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.