Loominous Pillow

Loominous Pillow

Do you ever just have an idea pop into your head and you need to go make it immediately? That happened here last month. For some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about make a pillow with raw strips of fabric. Of course, it was during the Christmas holiday and there was no “just popping into my sewing space and making a pillow” happening. I finally had a chance a couple weeks ago though, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Loominous Pillow

I took all sorts of pictures while I was making this pillow, with the intention of sharing all the steps. Then I promptly reformatted my memory card a few days later, forgetting they were on there. Uggg! I’ll just have to talk you through it! My initial vision was bit different than how the pillow turned out, but you can make changes to make it a different size or shape.

I used Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous fabric, and cut strips 1″ x 21″. (This was just the length of my fat quarters, I would have made them 18″ if I had a half yard bundle).

I cut a quilting cotton fabric square and a batting fabric square, 21″ x 21″. (I ended up not needing it so big, but my original vision was a square pillow.) I laid my strips out in rainbow order, and starting with the bottom, sewed them onto the fabric-batting sandwich. I used about a 1/4″ seam when sewing the raw strips on. Every time I added a strip, I moved up the pillow 1/2″.

Loominous Pillow

Of course when I got to the end of my strips, my pillow was not big enough to be a square. I decided to make it into a lumbar pillow, rather than cut more strips and make it a square. I finished it up with Essex linen on the back, and just stuffed it will pillow filling.

Loominous Pillow

Obviously with the raw edges, this isn’t going to be a heavy use pillow that I hand down to my great grandchildren. 🙂 But it does make me happy and it’s a very fun addition to my sewing room.

Loominous Pillow

If I wanted to make it a little bigger and more sturdy, I would probably try cutting my strips at 3″ rather than 1″. I’d then iron them in half to 1-1/2″, so there is no raw edge at the bottom. That would also give me a taller pillow in the end. Another project for another day!

Loominous can be found at the following shops:

Sew Modern
Gotham Quilts

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27 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tammy

    January 29, 2016

    Sounds like a Sunday afternoon project!

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    Rosemary B

    January 29, 2016

    Adorable beautiful pillow. I want to make one too. I love the fabrics
    Now…. Your doggie? Just the cutest pup ever.
    Oh my gosh. What a doll.

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    Marilyn Kay

    January 29, 2016

    Vanessa at V and Co made a faux pleated pillow like you are describing for the next one. I saw it on Missouri Star Quilts tutorial and I think it is also on Vanessa’s site. I think you idea of using 3″ strips would be an improvement. I love how it turned out. I also really enjoy following your blog.

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      Faith

      January 29, 2016

      Ooo, I’m going to have to check that out!

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    Dotty

    January 29, 2016

    Really nice!
    Gotham Quilts is a small shop in NYC garment district run by 2 super talented women. Great mail service and fun to visit.

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    QuiddityRox

    January 29, 2016

    You had me with 3″ strips folded in half to avoid fraying. What a lovely pillow and fun idea.

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    Janet Deschamps

    January 29, 2016

    Love this! You could use jelly roll strips too! I love pillows- instant gratification of a quick finish! Thanks for the ideas!

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      Faith

      January 29, 2016

      Oooo, yes! My mind *never* goes to precuts – what a great idea!

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    Carol Denner

    January 29, 2016

    Great idea and LOVE the fabrics!!!

  8. Reply

    Jane Franks

    January 29, 2016

    Very cute! A great idea!!!

  9. Reply

    Kat

    January 29, 2016

    Beautiful pillow! I just love the Loominous fabric colors & patterning.

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    Karen

    January 29, 2016

    Too fun, Faith! Your pillow really showcases Loominous–and who can’t use a little back pampering when they are sewing? I know I sure can 🙂

  11. Reply

    Carol

    January 29, 2016

    Oh wait, the puppy is cute. What’s it’s name? Nice work, you really can place colors and patterns just right. Comes up with glowing pattern on its own.

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      Faith

      January 29, 2016

      Thank you Carol! His name is Delux. 🙂

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    Gigi Voegeli

    January 29, 2016

    I LOVE that fabric! I have a half yard of everything in the collection but can’t make myself cut it. Someday……
    Cute pillow and you only had to cut off a little of each!

  13. Reply

    Susan G

    January 29, 2016

    Beautiful! What a great pop of color on your sofa!

  14. Reply

    Kim Beidler

    January 30, 2016

    I have never been inspired to make a pillow before!! This is so darn cute!!!

  15. Reply

    Sue Kaiser

    January 30, 2016

    Beautiful!! Your puppy is adorable too! 🙂

  16. Reply

    Kathleen

    January 30, 2016

    I see the pillow makes someone else happy too! Cute puppy . . . and the pillow is cute too 🙂

  17. Reply

    Jim

    January 30, 2016

    Great idea!

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    Alison Hingston

    January 31, 2016

    The pillow is gorgeous as is the little model in front of it.
    I have a Yorkie also and hey are the cutest.

  19. Reply

    Bonnie

    February 1, 2016

    I made a pillow with raw edges just so it WOULD fray over time! You may end up really liking the look if you ever have to wash it.

    http://bonnieprojects.blogspot.com/2013/05/caribbean-inspired-scrap-pillows.html

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    Karen

    February 1, 2016

    Hi Faith. Your dog is gorgeous. Could you please let me know what breed he is. You have posted a picture of him previously but I can’t remember whether you said then. Thanks very much.

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      Faith

      February 2, 2016

      Hi Karen! He is a yorkshire terrier. He is very sweet and loving, such a great breed. 🙂

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    Tamie

    February 1, 2016

    What a beautiful pillow- both versions, the one you made and the one you described.

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    suznquilts

    February 2, 2016

    I think it turned out really cute. A fun project.

  23. Reply

    Renee

    February 9, 2016

    Great idea for a pillow.
    I love yorkies. Such adorable dogs. Mine past away of old age and I still miss her so much. She did not like the camera.

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