So um, long time no see! I hope your summer was amazing! Ours went by way to fast. But I am excited to be able to start sewing and creating again! We have slowly been working on making our apartment here in Paris reflect our personalities more. We want to of course save where we can and throw pillows are ALWAYS one of the areas I try to cut corners. Pillows are just so gosh darn expensive and so easy to make. When I came across Anthropologies tassel pillow (found HERE) I really really wanted it but if I am going to spend almost 100 dollars at Anthro it is going to be for a dress, not a pillow ha! I thought it would be easy enough to knock off and it TOTALLY is.
All you need is:
White velvet fabric (or if you are like me you buy a white velvet pillow from Ikea) cut into the size square of your choosing (mine was 26X26 square)
Embroidery thread or yarn (depending on the look you are going for) in similar colors to that of the anthro pillow. I went with yarn because I wanted it to be cheap and I could get a lot more for way less but if you want it to be just like the anthro go with embroidery thread or buy cheap pre-made tassels and skip the whole thing 🙂
A small piece of rectangular card board
Scissors, pins, sewing machine etc.
First I sat down and made four tassels in each of the colors. I followed the fantastic tutorial below via Martha Stewart found HERE.
It goes really fast and soon you should have a whole pile of tassels to work with.
Mine are not perfectly equal but close enough that you wouldn’t tell a difference from a distance.
Once you have them all, grab your two pieces of velvet fabric and lay them right sides together. Take your tassels and line them up along the pillow at an even distance from each other.
Once you have them lined up you will want to sandwich them in between the two layers of fabric and pin them in place. Depending on how much you want your tassels to “dangle” pull the excess away from the edge of the pillow.
Once you have pinned them in place stitch along the edge. I personally used a zipper foot so I could get right up next to the tassel. I also did one side at a time because I used a prefabricated pillow. If I had made the pillow from scratch I absolutely would have pinned them all at once and sewn all the way around at once. Since the pillow I used had a zipper I made sure to place the tassels in between the zipper and the piping.
If you did not use a zipper be sure to leave a small opening so that you can flip the pillow right side out. Once you have sewn around the pillow go a head and flip it right side out being sure to pull the corners out well.
I went around and pulled slightly on each of the tassels to help them lay nicely and to make sure they were well attached.
Grab your stuffing and stuff away! I like my pillows to be a bit floppy but you can firm it up if you want it to be more of a floor pillow as well. Hand stitch the opening closed. Your done! Mine i hanging out on our couch in the living room and it makes me pretty happy every time I look at it.
The wall is a much deeper blue in person (I have a dickens of a time photographing that wall) and the pillow really lightens things up.
So grab some yarn and a little cardboard, throw on a movie and wined away!