I don't know about you all, but the first thing I ever learned how to sew was a pillow. Two squares of fabric, four seams, and some stuffing followed by some inexpert stitching closed of the hole...practical, yet not thrilling. Thus in my mind pillows were always some boring, ho-hum thing I'd sew once every few years when I got tired of my old ones. But in the process of making this pillow I began to realize how creative you can get and how fabulous the result can be when making them. When my friend Elizabeth and I decided to do this little one-to-one swap, and she suggested pillows my first thought was, "Ughhhhhh...pillows." But now I'm so inspired I want to make fifty different designs and have my whole house overflowing with pillows!!
So anyway, the debate about wood vs. white raged on both here and on Flickr, but nothing was helping. In the end I decided to just go ahead and ask Elizabeth which she would prefer. She was just as conflicted but ultimately decided on wooden. So today I sewed on 12 wooden buttons and made the buttonholes for the back. I also made a pillow insert since this isn't a standard sized pillow, and the washed the cover to make sure that it didn't shrink so much the pillow wouldn't fit inside. It came out great!
Here it is, all finished and sitting pretty.
Here's the back. You can tell from the bursting buttons that I stuffed this sucker to capacity. Nothing annoys me more than a floppy, half-full pillow. Yuck.
And here it is looking all pretty in my chair. It's telling me it wants to stay here forever, but I told it, "Tough noogies, you have to get out." It cried for awhile but I think it will like its new home.
Here's to the happy dance that follows a successful finished product. Woohoo!