Friday, February 18

DIY Felt Monogram Pillow



I am working on the finishing touches of the living room and wanted to add a personal touch.  I decided to try my hand at a monogram pillow I had seen on Etsy.  They were selling for $79 so I thought for sure I could make one for cheaper.  I wanted to make a lumbar size pillow (14" by 20"). 

To make this pillow you will need
1/2 yard of fabric - I chose a yummy oatmeal linen
14" by 20" pillow form
1 sheet of felt - I picked a chocolate brown
Felt or Fabric glue
Coordinating thread for fabric and felt
Sewing machine

I made my monogram on my computer with word.  It was really easy.  FYI to make mine large enough I printed out my letter on 11 by 17 paper. 


I cut my linen fabric to size.  I always make the pillow cover smaller than the insert so the pillow looks full.  I subtract and inch on each side to do this.  But then you need to allow for a half inch seam on each size so the fabric ends up being the same size as the insert (14' by 20") - simple enough. 

I then cut out my monogram from the paper and pin it to the felt.  Don't worry if it doesn't exactly fit on the felt.  You can do it in sections.  The top curve on my P was a different piece.  Then cut out the letter from the felt and unpin the paper. 



Layout the felt letter on the fabric and determine where you want it to go on the pillow.  Once you have it laid out on one piece of fabric, use felt or fabric glue to glue it in place.  This is just to hold it in place while you sew it on.



Now you will need to get out the sewing machine.  With the thread that matches the felt use a simple running stitch to outline the letter sewing it to the fabric.  Iron both pieces of fabric.



Now you can put the pillow together.  I decided to not put in a zipper and just sew the pillow together.  Pin both side of the fabric together wrong side up. 



Change thread in the sewing machine to match the pillow.  Sew a half inch seam on each side except the bottom.  On the bottom sew in a few inches on each side.  Turn the pillow right side out.  Iron if necessary.  Stuff the pillow with the form and hand sew the bottom seam closed. 

Wow - I think it looks so beautiful.   It was only $18 to make it instead of the $79 on Etsy.  What do you think?


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92 comments:

  1. I think...always go with making it cheaper! :)

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  2. very,very pretty!! i know, who spends $75 on a pillow???

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  3. I love everything monogram. This came out beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. i love the look of your pillow...oatmeal and brown are so classic. stopping by from tatertots and jello!

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  5. very nice! and I love the P ;)

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  6. i love this idea! thanks for sharing!

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  7. Love this pillow! Like that you made it from felt too!

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  8. I agree with everyone else, I love this pillow. I may try this in the summer for my bedroom.

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  9. wow! thanks so much for the tutorial! this is awesome! we are having a link party if you would like to come join! http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/02/project-party-weekend-make-your-blog.html

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  10. This is really beautiful.
    Jennifer B.

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  11. love the 3D look of it - it's beautiful! Now... what do you plan on doing with the $61 dollars that you saved?! -diane
    http://www.sweeteuropeandreams.com

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  12. You did an awesome job on that monogrammed pillow. Love the simple colors you used, they work well together and the font for the monogram. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  13. SO beautiful! The colors and monogram style work so well together! Nice work! :)

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  14. I love this pillow! It turned out beautiful. I've been wanting to monogram something. I just might borrow your idea. Thanks!

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  15. Very chic! I love monogrammed items!

    -caroline
    http://cwfrosting.blogspot.com

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  16. this is great, i love pillows, and monograms are the best. i would love it if you shared this at my party on wednesday.

    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

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  17. Beautiful! I love the chocolate brown felt with the linen.

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  18. I think it looks like $79 :) Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tute!

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  19. You did an awesome job on this pillow! Love it!

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  20. This turned out amazing! Want to make one for me?? ha ha! You should sell these! I'm a new follower by the way-

    elephantstrunk42.blogspot.com

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  21. Anything Monogrammed I love, well done. The font is fab. Thanks for linking! hugs, jen

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  22. Excellent idea using felt! It came out beautifully!
    Susan

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  23. Love your pillow! I actually won one of those from Etsy. I picked a brown pillow with and oatmeal ampersand. You got the very same look!

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  24. I am already a pillow fanatic and just fell in love with yours. I love the technique and your tutorial is so easy to follow.

    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  25. I love, love, love the pillow. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

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  26. This is great! Love it! The oatmeal fabric and the dark brown felt are perfect together. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. I am so going to have to make one of these. Our Last initial starts with a P and when I saw your pillow over at craftomaniac's blog I had to check it out. Great job.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

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  28. Fabulous! I love it! What a great way to put a monogram on a pillow. I might have to copy this idea! ;)

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  29. It's simplicity is what makes it wow! Great work.

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  30. omg. seriously??? it looks amazing!! i'd be so afraid i couldn't cut the felt right and it'd be all wobbly. oh, that and i don't really know how to use a sewing machine. hm. maybe one day i'll make one- yours is amazing, girl!

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  31. As always, thanks for sharing! I continue to share the love on my blog at inspiredhoneybee.blogspot.com!!

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  32. Would you believe I have three sewing machines and don't know how to use them? Sigh. I'm just not sure it's my calling. I'm so jealous! I love the pillow!

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  33. This looks great! If I wasn't scared of my sewing machine I would totally try it. I'm your newest follower. I'd love for you to stop by!

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

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  34. Great job! LOVE the font you chose, too!

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  35. This is beautiful! It would make a great gift idea too!

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  36. It looks amazing! Love the font you used--so elegant! This is a great, simple, easy to follow tutorial. I like the tip about cutting the fabric exactly to size to make the pillow fuller--I had never heard this before and it's a great idea. Thanks so much for linking up to my Share the Love Wednesday link party!
    Mary

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  37. Your project is great and would love for you to link up to my Saturday Spotlight Linky Party @ SAS Interiors. Check it out this Saturday: http://www.sasinteriors.net/features/

    Best,
    Jenna, SAS Interiors

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  38. Gosh I love this!!! Gorgeous~
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  39. Visiting from Ten June -- I love this project! I actually have all the supplies and was planning on something similar this weekend!

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  40. Can this be washed though? If so I'm sold!!! :)

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  41. Love it! Have you seen those pillows on Etsy in a fabric that looks a little like burlap and have blocky monograms? They show a series of three spelling NAP, and I've wanted them for awhile now, but I've been meaning to try making them because I was sure I could do it for probably $15 worth of materials using pillow inserts I already have.

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  42. What a great idea!! I'm putting this on my to-do list!!

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  43. Love this. Definitely going to be my next project! : )

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  44. Love! I've been wondering how to stitch letters on. Now that I've seen this, I had a little "duh" moment! I think I will have to make something with this technique! Thanks for sharing!
    www.charminglykristin.wordpress.com

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  45. Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing!

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  46. I don't sew... but this makes me want to learn!!! Thanks for posting... BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  47. This is great! I'm thinking this would also be a great way to spruce up a plain pillow. thanks for sharing and for the great instructions :-)

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  48. I love mongrams! This turned out beautifully thanks for the tutorial!

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  49. I love it...
    Lovely design ideas I think I can really make:)

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  50. You have been featured at CraftOManiac, thanks a bunch. Winks-Jen

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  51. Love this! Do you think I could do the same thing to my shower curtain!? I really want a monogramm on it, and maybe surrounded by a quatrefoil outline, but I can't find anywhere to embroider it large enough. Thanks for sharing!
    Liz

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  52. You need to sell these. So pretty!

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  53. I'm showcasing on my blog today!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  54. Beautiful pillow project! I do so love making pillows and your tutorial is easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing your creative process with us.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  55. LOVE this pillow;)
    I´m your latest follower!
    Lovely greetings...

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

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  56. Hi! Found you from My Uncommon Slice and I have been reading and reading... love your blog. going to follow!!

    Come by and say hi if you have a chance at

    antiquechase.blogspot.com

    off to read more!!

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  57. Love this! I'm going to try a lowercase "a" for my daughters room...wish me luck!

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  58. hi, do you remember what font that was that the "p" is made out of? love the scripty-ness of it :)

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  59. absolutely stunning!!! thanks for sharing this!

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  60. Hey there.....I know I'm a bit late on the string of comments, but I'm just wondering how to go about finding and printing your letter that size.....?????Anyone??

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  61. Just wanted to let you know that I featured these throw pillows today at my DIY Throw Pillow round up.
    http://thecraftedsparrow.blogspot.com/2012/04/15-great-ideas-for-diy-throw-pillows.html#more

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  62. This is so awesome. Love the monogram and the font you chose. Looks so pretty! You should consider entering it in Craftbaby's DIY Throw Pillow contest: http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/9/diy-throw-pillows-sweeps xo Liz

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  63. Wow just found this post and I am loving it! Would it be weird to make one with a "K" just for my first name? http://secondfriday2kelsey.blogspot.com/

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  64. I love this pillow, and I love the monogram! I'm pinning to try this one day, thanks for the tutorial.
    Saw you featured at Addicted 2 Decorating.
    Debbie :)

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  65. For those who asked, I could be wrong but the font looks like Edwardian Script.

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  66. hi there,

    What was the stitch length you used for the sewing machine?

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