Sunday, March 27, 2011

Drop Cloth Rosette Pillow



Rosettes have been around for some time, but I love the look and thought I would give it a try - out of drop cloth of course.  This pillow was a delight to make:
Easy + Quick + Fun = Perfect Project for Me


I found a nice size rectangular pillow at Ikea for $6.  To determine the fabric amount for the pillowcase take the pillow's width and add 2" then take its' length, double it then added an another 8".  My pillow was 15" x 24" so the fabric piece I needed was 17" x  56".

This extra 8" you add to the length will give you enough material to have a back "flap" so you can change up the pillow for a new case as the seasons (or your tastes) change.  I used these measurements when making my drop cloth ruffle pillow and it worked really well!


















For each rosette, I tore a 1 1/2" wide strip to the same length as the pillowcase length (56") - the smaller rosettes were 28" long strips.  You can see how frayed drop cloth gets when it is torn, but I happen to love that texture and I think it translates well into these shabby chic rosettes!

















Now there are tons of great tutorials out there for making rosettes ... I did a little of one, a little of another and it worked perfectly.  I tied a knot in one end of the drop cloth strip then did a kind of twist, wrap and hot glue dot dance around the knotted center again and again until the strip was all wound up.  Secure the end with a dap of hot glue underneath the rosette.











I think that the twisting is important because it gives the rosettes some frayed edges and some rolled "finished" edges.




Once you have the number of rosettes that you want (an uneven number looks best), lay them out on your pillowcase fabric to determine the best placement.






















Using embroidery thread (all six threads for strength) I attached each rosette to the other.  I happened to have yellow on hand but you could use any colour because you won't see it in the end.

















Attach the set of rosettes to the pillow fabric with a couple of stitches using embroidery thread.



To stitch up the case, take the length of the fabric and fold down one end about 8" or so (this will be the flap in the back).  Bring the bottom end up to meet the top of the pillowcase.  Pin the long sides together and sew down the length using about a 1 to 1 1/2" seam allowance.  

I like to sew back and forth a few times over where the flap on each side so that nothing rips when you are putting in the pillow form.  Don't forget to trim your corners (close to the stitching), then turn it right side out, wiggling the corners into points.  I think the whole project took me an hour and a half from beginning to end.  

* Don't forget to wash the drop cloth before using it so it won't be as stiff.  I also bleached it a little this time which lightened it to a nice creamy white.

- Kristin -







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68 comments:

  1. I have to try this out! I tried making rosettes before, and I hated how they came out, but I guess I should try it again!

    -Cris
    www.downthisroadagain.com

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  2. Hi I found you through t.g.c! This is simply stunning and I will definitely be trying this!

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  3. SO CUTE!! I love all three of those pillows. Did you also make the Red one?

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  4. I love this...just lovely!
    Stop by Pandora's Box to enter a giveaway!

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  5. this is so pretty. I love the frayed edges too.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  6. Really sweet and so pretty. Truly a pillow to love.

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  7. I love this! great job! it's so soft & cozy looking while still being a fantastic piece of livingroom "art"

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  8. You're inspiring me to try one! I love this!

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  9. I like the look. You have done a great job. Quick and easy is what i like also. hope you can drop by my blog. featuring a shabby chic home from Montreal, Quebec.
    Au Revoir
    Caroline

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  10. I have also become your newest follower. :)

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  11. Beautiful! New follower from blissimagesandbeyond.blogspot.com

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  12. Beautiful pillows. Love the rosettes and the creamy white color. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I love this. I may have to try it... Thanks for the tutorial. And, thanks so very much for the sweet comment on my blog today. I appreciate that!

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  14. Love the drop cloth pillows with rosettes! In fact, I am sharing this with my readers and featuring them at Extreme Personal Measures this afternoon.

    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  15. Thanks for submitting this project to Make It . Sew It . Love It

    I added it to the pillows category. Have a great week!

    If you would ever like to giveaway a pillow like this on the site, let me know. I am going to start doing giveaways using items made from the tutorials shared.

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  16. Cute, cute, cute...think I may have to make some of those roses today :) Thanks! Laurel

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  17. Very Nice. I think I'll have to try it!
    Your newest follower. Hope you'll come and visit me too.

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  18. That is so cute! Love how simple it is. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Simply Beautiful!
    I'm a new follower :)

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  20. Mary@Redo101.blogspot.comMarch 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Love your pillows - beautiful.

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  21. Beautiful! All of your pillows are awesome!

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  22. Very Shabby Chic!I'd love it if you would
    link up over at the glitter party! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-tues-thurs-link-party.html

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  23. Gorgeous pillow, I think I need one for my bed! So simple, yet so sweet!

    I'd love it if you'd check out my Party on Tuesdays: http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-sew-fun-tuesday-6.html

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  25. LOVE it...simply beautiful pillow...hope you had a chance to enter in to my giveaway on my blog.....still time..Mariaelena

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  26. I am in love with this idea! Found your blog through dittle dattle and I love this blog! But if you would like I am hosting a giveaway for a cute skirt and would love for you to stop by!

    http://brandonandshelby.blogspot.com/2011/03/sew-chatty-giveaway.html

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  27. I followed over from Get Your Craft On. Love your pillows!

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  28. Hello, your photographs and instructions are so easy to follow. I'm going to make one! I'm happily your newest follower.
    Linda

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  29. Love your rosette tutorial, I have been reading blogs for ages but have not seen an actual tutorial on how to make these. Thanks. I get my sewing machine back on Thursday and can't wait to make pillows again.

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  30. I cannot wait to make these! Such easy instructions. Thanks!!

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  31. Just gorgeous! I need to collect some supplies then I'll be pillow making soon too :D Can't wait, definitely feeling inspired now!

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  32. Another pretty pillow your created. I love the fact it's made out of drop cloth! Love the little rosettes as well. Thanks so much for linking up!

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  33. I always wondered how a drop cloth would react to bleach. I love the color of your pillows. Awesome job.

    Stopping by from Someday Crafts :)

    liz @ bontempsbeignet.blogspot.com

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  34. I LOVE this! Its PERFECT for you to Link up at my Linky PAR-TAY,

    Whassup Wednesday!!!

    And I have a party button you can grab so your friends can come too:)

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    xoxokara

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  35. These pillows are absolutely gorgeous!!!

    Pamela :)

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  36. I love the versatility of drop cloths. Slipcovers. Their obvious use. Now, pillows. Maybe they'd make great curtains too! Your rosettes are darling...

    I'd LOVE if you could share this with my readers tonight @Creative Juice Thursday. Party starts @ 7pm CST. Get your crafting shoes on. Hope to see you there...

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  37. Your pillows are all gorgeous!!!

    I think I'm the only person in blogland that cannot make those stinkin' rolled flowers. LOL

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  38. In love!!!!!
    I'll be featuring this next tuesday :)
    XO
    Kristin

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  39. I love this. I'm definitely bookmarking it in my folder of projects to do. Very pretty:)

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  40. hiya , wow gorgeous cushion and rosettes and great tutorial , tfs , i am visiting from someday crafts and am your newest follower maybe you will pop by mine and follow too
    www.emilysnan.blogspot.com
    xmaggiex

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  41. OH wow these are absolutely delightful! I can't wait to try them !!! Great idea - thx for sharing :>)

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  42. I LOVE this pillow! And the ruffle one. Adorable! I'm your newest follower.

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  43. All three cushion covers are amazing...thanks for the tutorial :)

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  44. Wow, what a great look using drop cloths. I love all of the pillows. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

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  45. Pretty little Pillow, thanks for sharing.

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  46. Beautiful pillow! It would look good in almost any room with any decor!
    I featured your pillow on my Friday Favorites post today. Feel free to come grab a featured button at Calico and Cupcakes if you want. Have a great weekend!

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  47. These are gorgeous! LOVE your pillows and great tutorial!
    Roselle

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  48. these are beautiful! i have a party that goes from tues-thurs, i would love you shared this. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/04/anything-goes-party-11.html

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  49. Love these pillows - I think I'm going to try to make these for my sister-in-law for her birthday. I see her LOVING them :) Thank you!

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  50. Charming pillows!!! I loved the colours as well!!! cheers, Nádya

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  51. I saw your project on Centsational Girl's "Best of the Blog" series a couple weeks ago and decided I had to try it. Yours are the best looking rosettes on the blog. I just finished a pillow this weekend using your method with a plain cotton off-white home dec fabric I had on hand and heavy duty hand quilter's thread. The rosettes turned out soooo beautiful - which is so thrilling since I am NOT a crafty person and very much an amateur sewer. I bought a drop cloth and intend to make a bunch as gifts. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial and I look forward to reading more of your blog!
    - Julie

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  52. Found this via Twitter. Love this project! I recently made drop cloth pillows and will have to try this next time. thanks!

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  53. oh my gosh! LOVE LOVE LOVE this and it totally seems do-able for me! (not a very good sewer... sad face... need to learn!)

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  54. So pretty! Tonight I went to my local Goodwill and found a very large 100% linen dress. I just have to make this pillow... and the ruffled pillow... and... ;)

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  55. These are sooo pretty!! I had been thinking about making something out of left over drop cloth that I've had for a few weeks and when I saw your post, I couldnt help but want to make my own of this one and the ruffle one from your other post! Mine are not nearly as pretty as yours but theyre not too bad for being my first pillows! ;) I wanted to create a link on my post about them but I didn't want to do it without your consent but if it's ok with you, I'd love to do so.

    Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!! (:

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  56. Where did you buy your drop cloth? It looks very different and softer than what I've seen. Thanks.

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  57. Love this project Kristin! It really shows how beautiful even the simplest of materials can become in the right hands :~) I couldn't find an email to contact you, so wanted to post here to let you know I featured your project on my website. Thanks for such wonderful inspiration - this is definitely on my gotta do that list!

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  58. Love these pillows. I will definitely be trying them. I've made rosettes before with old t-shirts which also turn out really vintage-y. Check out my blog at urbancottagedecor.blogspot.com I found you via Pinterest under the board "dropcloths".

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  59. That's really nice. I love the rolls of flowers on the pillow. My only problem with that is it may not be that comfortable for your head. Other then that though it looks great.

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