DIY Rose Pillow from Old Skirt

This rose pillow was inspired by other designer flower pillows we've seen on the market, including those featured in Real Simple and Domino. See how to make your own from an old pillow and a second-hand skirt!

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Samantha Baldwin, The Examiner's Home Designeditor, has put together a great guide on how to make your own. Here are the basic steps (visit the Examiner for the full guide):

Materials:

  • Second-hand skirt, the larger the better. A full skirt will work best.
  • Second-hand pillow.
  • Pins.
  • Scissors.
  • A sewing machine. (It is possible to hand sew this project, but it would be time consuming.)

Instructions

1. Make a Pattern:
Turn the skirt inside out with any zipper facing out. Make a pattern using the following formula for dimensions (Visit the Examiner's site for a cutting diagram).

  • Measure the height and width of your pillow and add two inches to the height and two inches to the width for a one-inch seam allowance.
  • Cut out a piece of paper of those dimensions.
  • Fold the paper in half and align with the zipper of your skirt to center the zipper.
  • Unfold the paper and pin to the top layer of the skirt.
  • Cut out the fabric along the edge of your pattern.

2. Cut Out the Front of the Pillow:
Turn the skirt over so that you have a section of fabric without a seam. Pin your pattern to the fabric and cut out the front piece.

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3. Cut the Fabric for the Ruffle / Flower:
Cutting out two long narrow strips of fabric and sew them together to make one very long strip of fabric. The depth of your ruffle is up to you, but it can range from about three inches to about seven inches. The photo used in the guide has a deep ruffle of seven inches. Use the bottom edge of the skirt because it is already hemmed. From the bottom, measure up the width of your ruffle and mark. Cut out the fabric, which will be a long strip three to seven inches wide and about two yards long. If you require more fabric for a larger rose, you can cut more fabric above the first strip however, this strip will require a 1/4 inch hem.

4. Join the Strips:
Sew together the strips for the flower by sewing together the strips into one long strip.

5. Sew the Ruffle/Flower onto the Cover:
Attach the ruffle to the pillow so that it rolls back rather than laying flat. First, fold the pillow front in half and in half again (see photos here). Mark the corner (or center of the front) with a pin or tailor's chalk. Unfold. Take the strip of fabric, and with the wrong side facing up, begin pinning the unhemmed side of the strip to the right side of the pillow front. Start in the center, working the fabric ruffle into a tight spiral and sew along your pin line.

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6. Join the Front and Back Covers:
First, pin the two cover inside out (with the flower facing the good side of the back cover) with the wrong sides of the fabric facing out. Sew all four sides and trim off any excess seam. Unzip the zipper, turn right side out, and insert pillow.

See the rest of the How to with photos at the Examiner.