Thursday, July 21, 2016

Crazy Quilt Embellished Throw Pillow

I found the idea on Pinterest and although the ones I saw on there are much more elaborate I think for my first try it turned out pretty cute.

I liked that I was able to use up a bunch of odds and ends of things I had laying around after completing other projects.  I used up scraps leftover from the scrappy quilt squares I had made. 

I thought the sun looked pretty with the embroidered rays accented with clear beads
Little duckies bobbing along on embroidered waves

Lace and trim pieces, buttons from my button box and jars, beads I had forever in a little container, and lots of short pieces of floss I'd saved after I was done with some of the embroidered things I've made recently.

Little scrap of white eyelet leftover after I cut out a doily

It was super fun to put this together and I think it will make a nice addition to the other pretty pillows I've made lately.  I think it will make a lovely focal point on one of the beds in my future house.

I backed the pillow with a piece of pink gingham I had in my fabric stash and used this pretty eyelet trim I had used on the last set of pillowcases I made.  I used leftover batting I had to line the inside of the pillow before I stuffed it with polyfil that I also had on hand.

I've had these little duck buttons since my son was an infant.

Embroidered leaves & stems, french knot & button flowers,
and a cute little bunny button

Sweet little yellow flower button with embroidered leaves
I really like the fan shaped lace and tiny pink baby buttons

Can you believe something this sweet and cute is made up of all leftover stuff I had saved.  What a great way to use up those little bits and pieces.

I love it!


  1. I have been loving getting to know your blog...I only found it a few days ago, but we speak the same language. (We also have chickens, too!) Have you thought about combining handkerchiefs for this kind of pillow? Technically it's a reverse prairie point style, but a lot of students call it a Crazy quilt. I call it "Hanky Panky," and am working on a sequel that won't cut handkerchiefs for the patterns. I couldn't find a reference to the Simply Quilts episode about Hanky Panky (which shows the process step by step), but here's a link that should help:
    And my Brickworks website,, has a Hanky Panky gallery that should be helpful, too.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us. What you do may seem small to you, or not that important -- but it is. I've already learned from you.

    1. Cindy, thank you for your kind words. So glad you found us. I have not ever thought about using handkerchiefs but what a great idea. Thank you for sharing your links. I will definitely want to check those out. I love to see what other people are doing. Take care!

  2. didn't know you had a son but the pillow is really awsome

    1. Thanks Debbie. My son is all grown up and has flown the coop. :)

    2. I love your pillow! It is so cute!


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