Friday, August 26, 2011

Dolly Pillow Tutorial... and I actually won something!

First of all, I have been faithfully entering giveaways all of over the place forever and I have never, ever won anything until today!  I actually won Riel's giveaway over at the Q and the U!  It must have been my lucky words... "Pick me, pick me, pick me!" that did it!!!   Thanks so much, Riel!  I have won some of her "I Spy" scraps.  Happiness and glee!

A few people wondered about the measurements for the doll pillow from the other day. I initially used the tutorial that Amanda Jean has over at her blog Crazy Mom Quilts but I felt the pillow she made was too small in scale for the doll beds that Husband makes so this is my take on a dolly pillow for a quilt that measures about 16" x 18".

For the pillow:

1 piece of fabric 8" x 10.5"  (I like to use stripes because then it looks like ticking!)

Turn under one edge 1/4" and press.  Fold in half and sew 2 sides together, leaving the end with the pressed under edge open for turning and stuffing.  Use a 1/4" seam.  Turn, stuff lightly for dolly comfort.  Sew close to the edge finishing your wee pillow.

For the Pillowcase:

1 piece of fabric 12.5" x 6.5" (main fabric choice)
1 piece of fabric 12.5" x 4"  (contrast)

Place wrong sides together, sew with a 1/4" seam.  Press the seam towards the contrasting fabric and turn under 1/4" along the edge of the contrast.  Pin, carefully matching the seam.  Sew down the long side and the end of the pillow case.  Turn and very carefully fold under the contrast so the turned under edge just meets the pressed seam.  Very carefully sew along the edge.  Here is a picture.  It is a little tricky but it can be done!  If you mess up and you don't like your finished seam, you can very nicely hide the whole shebang with some lace or rick rack.  Dolls are very forgiving!

Press to make it pretty and tuck your little pillow inside the case.  Ahhh, so cute!  Don't you feel so very clever!  And what a lovely little gift for a child.  Great stocking stuffer or a little extra something with a gift.  It doesn't have to go along with a quilt although that makes it all the more special!

Have a lovely evening!

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