couch makeover fabric features felt flowers pillow

Couch Makeover {pillow #1}

If you are curious what this post is all about, click here for the {before}

I knew I wanted to make each of the new pillows for the couch textural and different from each other.  When I saw this tutorial from Tonia at The Gunny Sack on Someday Crafts, I knew right away it would be one of them.  

Gorgeous, right?  Here’s how mine turned out:

Mmmmm.  LOVE it!! 🙂  I pretty much followed Tonia’s tutorial, but I made just a few changes:

I did not use her templates.  Instead I just cut the felt into rectangles that measured 1″ by 1 1/2″, then just rounded the corners.  I did this about 800 times.  Yes, you read that right, 800!

I did not lay out all the petals for each round.  I just started with one and when I was almost finished sewing that one down I added the next one.  I did stop sewing and lifted the presser foot (needle in the down position) each time I added a petal so I didn’t get it folded over.

This is what the back looked like when I was done sewing the petals on.  I used two different size circles for the base- the 4″ circles each had 50 petals on them and the 3″ circles had 25 petals each.  I started out with 10 of each size flower and added 4 more smaller flowers at the very end.

To finish off the centers I took a 2-3″ long 1″ strip and folded it accordion style- stitching some gathers in the center.  Then, I hand stitched 1-2 of these in the center of each flower, and hand stitched the flowers to the pillow cover. (made with complimentary cotton fabric- envelope style closure)  I stitched them on AFTER I made the cover because I didn’t want to have to deal with avoiding all those petals sewing the side seams. 🙂

It did take some time, but it was worth it!!

Thanks Tonia for the awesome tutorial and inspiration!  My couch and I are in your debt!!

And, we have some progress! Please forgive the funky lighting- some of these pictures had to be taken at night, and we’ve been having some pretty intense thunderstorms that mess up my afternoon lighting. 😉
Come back tomorrow for Pillow #2!
Linked up to Friday Flair at Whipperberry!  Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, BFF party at the Answer is Chocolate and Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and jello

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  • Summer
    July 28, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Wow. That is amazing! I don't think I'd ever have the patience to make those. I'll just hire you when I want some. 🙂 Fantastic!

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    July 28, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Incredible, Amy. I will repeat Summer's comment… I will never have the patience to make one of these, but it's gorgeous. Fantastic job. I know how much time you spent on it 🙂 Great color, too.

  • Lorene (just Lu)
    July 28, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Wow. You are FANTASTICALLY patient. Also talented. And patient. The pillow is amazing!! Can't wait to see what's next. And aren't those thunderstorms awesome?!? 🙂

  • Toqua's Crafts
    July 28, 2011 at 7:03 am


    It's about all I can say right now…

  • Tonia @
    July 28, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Okay, I thought I already left a message but who knows where it went!

    Wow!!! I love your pillow. You have even more flowers than I do on mine…must mean you are more patient than me!! The color you chose is great!

  • Naturally Carol
    July 28, 2011 at 8:21 am many pieces and all sewn individually! I think I would have wanted to frame it for noone could touch it or make it grubby or mishapen..ever. I admire all your work in making these!

  • Rachel
    July 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    That is really cool, I bet it took forever, but it looks worth it.

  • Holly Lefevre
    July 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    That is gorgeous and girly and sophisticated…I love it. It is definitely a pillow I would take the time to do because it is gorgeous!

  • Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I think your other pillows have "petal envy," lol!

  • Staci J
    July 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Oh my goodness Amy!! You are AMAZING!! That turned out gorgeous,wow!!

  • Anonymous
    July 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I love the color, its time taking and need hardwork. I should try to make this :)…
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  • Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy
    July 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    It turned out great! Can't wait to see the rest of the pillows too!

  • Betsy
    July 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Fabulous idea and a great tutorial. Lots of work, but look at the outcome! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • Burke & Chelle
    July 30, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Wow that is so amazing! I seriously LOVE it! I saw your post on tatertos and jello.. my jaw seriously dropped! Great job! Come see me at

  • The Answer Is Chocolate
    July 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    You are just on a roll with these pillows girlie! I love this one too…may be my fave but it's hard to choose with all the cute ones you've made .

  • Rach H
    July 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    So super cute. I need to make one! Thanks for the tips!

    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend on my blog Family Ever After. The party starts on Fridays and lasts all week.

    Here’s the link if you’re

    Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton! Have an awesome day!!!

  • Lilioshka
    July 31, 2011 at 7:01 am

    That's amazing! I seriously am in awe, just to think you took the time to do that!

    Great job!

  • Rachel
    August 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Wow, beautiful pillow! I love all the texture–it adds so much to your couch! Great work!

  • Brande J.
    August 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I LOVE that pillow. So pretty. I am sure it looks better in person, can't wait to see it 🙂 Good job Amy!

  • Andi @ Jane of all crafts
    August 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Um so this pillow is AMAZING!! When I saw it in the other pillow posts I honestly thought you bought it. WOW, i am speechless, beautiful job!

  • Beverly @
    August 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Amy this is so great!!! I LOVE how the pillow turned out!
    I shared it on FB & Twitter today! 🙂

  • Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust
    August 3, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Wow Amy, I'm loving all these cool pillow makeovers! Great job.

    Warmly, Michelle

  • Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker
    August 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    WOW! I am left speechless. Absolutely beautiful!

    I would love for you to share on Blog Stalking Thursdays

  • Ashley@EisyMorgan
    August 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    This is so gorgeous! I love love it! Great job. Would love for you to link it up at my party today HERE if you have time. Have a great Wed!

  • Michelle@Somedaycrafts
    August 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    That turned out fabulous!

  • Amy
    August 5, 2011 at 4:04 am

    STUNNING!!! You are amazing!

  • Michelle
    August 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Your patience is awe inspiring! I like yours better than the original!