Tricks + Treats: Granny-Chic Pillow DIY by Courtney

Hi'ya! It's Courtney from Courtney Janelle Sews, and this is my very first guest blog post. Yay. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don't know what it is about Autumn that makes me want to go into decorator mode. Perhaps the looming months sure to be spent entirely indoors? So, for my Trick I wanted to show you how to make a super simple, cute accent pillow that will help keep you looking forward to Spring!

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Supplies:
good sized vintage crocheted doily 
vintage pillowcase/sheet (or other cotton material)
grosgrain or satin ribbon
light/medium weight fusible interfacing
fiber-fill/stuffing

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Fold your material so you have a double layer and can cut both the front and back of the pillow at the same time. Smooth your doily on top to use as a template, and cut around it leaving approximately 1.5-2" allowance.

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Fold your interfacing in the same manner and use your material as a template to cut two pieces.

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Fuse interfacing to the back of each of the fabric circles using the manufacturers directions (remember, the side with the bumps/dots does down!). 

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Pin the doily to one of the circles and stitch it down along the outer edge using coordinating thread.

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Pin the two circles together, right sides facing. I like to add one horizontal pin, as shown, to remind myself to leave that section unstitched. Sew the two pieces together.

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Snip notches along the seam allowance, as shown, to create a smoother curve along the outside of the pillow. Be sure not to cut too close to your stitch line! 

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Turn right-side out and press flat. If you press the opening flat at this stage, it makes it much easier to stitch closed later. Stuff pillow with poly-fill.

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Stitch the opening closed. You can top-stitch it on your machine, as I have done here. Or, you can hand-stitch it closed for a more invisible seam.

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Weave ribbon through the openings of the doily, and tie in a bow.

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Ta-da! Just like that you have a sweet granny-chic pillow that took less time to make than it would to find at the thrift store (bonus: it doesn't smell funny, either). 
Thanks for letting me share! xo, Courtney

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