Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Quilted Pillow for the Nursery

I know a lot of you have been asking about nursery pics and I'm working on them! This is the beginning of the nursery craft posts and there's a lot more to come. Working on decorating the baby's room has been so much fun! I'm having a great time coming up with fun crafts and ways to add color to the room.

The bedding we chose is mostly red, blue, and yellow plaids and stripes, but I wasn't a fan of all the little accessories that went with it. Some of the accessories have sailboats on them, and while they're cute, it's not really my thing. So, of course, I had to make my own! One of my first crafts was designing and sewing two throw pillows for the glider.
I loved the idea of a patchwork-style pillow, so I took a sample of the bedding to the craft store and picked out matching fabric. The solid colors were easy to match, but the plaids are a little more difficult. My secret: the two plaid patterns are actually from two pairs of boxer shorts I found for 50 cents each. Score!
For the back side of the pillow, I went with a quilted-style navy fabric.
I pinned the squares in a pattern I was happy with and then sewed everything together with a .25" seam allowance.
For the actual pillow form, it would have been super cheap (or free) to recover some old throw pillows. I decided against it just for this project since it would be in a newborn's room and I wanted to buy hypo-allergenic and washable pillow inserts. At 40% off, they were only about $6 each so that wasn't too bad anyway.

So here's the finished pillow! It looks so cute!


  1. Your pillow turned out so nice...I used to do a few patchwork things but haven't tried in years. Your colors are terrific. I'm a new follower...your blog is a blast! Love all the linky parties too.

  2. great idea with the boxer shorts, and yes, woman, give me some nursery shots! hehe.

  3. Love this! Very cute and practical. I love your blog!

    Your newest follower,
    (come take a look if you like)

  4. Very cute Lisa! I love the plaids and I love them even more since you got them from boxers. You are so smart! They turned out great.

    I would've totally bought the hypoallergenic/washable inserts too. Of course, when I had my firstborn, I made everyone that got near her use Purell before they touched her. I was a freakshow. Boy, did I change before the 4th kid got here. HA! "What? She's eating dirt? Oh well. Good for the immune system." HA!

    Can't wait to see the whole nursery!

  5. Hey my lovely, This is such a cute pillow, thanks for the detail, i like the color scheme :)

  6. Patchwork can be tough- your pillow turned out great! Smart idea to use old boxers too!

  7. How creative you are! This pillow is amazing - and I had to smile about using some 50 cent boxers you bought! You are one creative girl!

  8. This looks super cute, great job! Great blog, I'm a new follower!

  9. Love the material use..Love the the the re purposed idea...Love your blog!

  10. Really cute pillow! I love the colors and how they all work well together. They even go well with the chair!

    Have a great weekend. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  11. Very cute pillow! I had similar crib bedding for my twin boys when they were babies! I'm a new follower after seeing your link at Sew Can Do...It would be great if you could check out my blog too!
    Nicole @

  12. Visiting from Sugarbees, this is so adorable! I love that you used upcycled materials for the patchwork too, I love upcycled projects.


  13. I love the prints you chose. so pretty.


  14. Following from Sumo‘s Sweet Stuff link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there.


  15. looks great!!! i love the fabrics!:)

  16. Thanks for stopping by! I LOVE the previews of the nursery... can't wait to see how it shapes up!

    Happy to be your newest follower ~ Adrianne

  17. your glider looks so can find more glider Sets here gliders for nursery


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