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Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHello, Ribbon Retreat Readers! This is Sarah from Bombshell Bling, here to bring you the final installment in the Dr. Seuss room makeover series! If you want to see the finished room you will have to follow along on my blog and wait for the big reveal, which will hopefully happen in a week or so.

Today we are going to talk about making fabulously fun pillows! I was hoping to finish more of these for my son’s bed before this post so you could see a whole mess of them but life happens, and I didn’t get it all sewn because my baby and I got sick. Oh well. You will just have to check out this pillow and know that I am making about four more in different sizes and shapes using the same technique.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogIsn’t this a cute little pillow? The ric rac is my favorite part. As Michelle said when I sent her the picture, “Yummy.” Heehee.

To make this I used a pillow form that I already owned, the Cat in the Hat fat quarters, red ric rac, and some plain blue fabric for backing. The amount of fabric that you will need will vary depending on your pillow. I used less than half of a yard for my pillow backing.

To begin, I measured my pillow. I knew that I was going to close my pillow completely since it was a cotton insert, but if you want a removable case for your pillow form there are many tutorials out there about envelope pillow casings and zippered pillow casings. My pillow was 16″ wide and 13″ long. I cut for a seam allowance across, and I allowed for a seam allowance PLUS the folding closed step at the end (shown in this tutorial) in the other direction. I hope that made sense.
I cut a backing piece that was 17″ across and 14 1/2″ tall. As you can see below, for the front I simply played with my fat quarters laying them out on top of the pillow until they were about right, cut pieces a bit generously, and then trimmed them up later.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogDr Seuss Pillow PatternIf you are NOT going to use ric rac then you can probably switch up the order on this some. If you are going to use ric rac then stick with the plan laid out below. 🙂
I began by sewing A and B together with a small seam allowance.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow use an iron to press the seam open OR toward the darker fabric, as shown below.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow cut your ric rac with a bit of extra length. Lay it out on the RIGHT SIDE of the fabric and pin it very precisely along the seam.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogSlowly and carefully sew the ric rac onto the fabric along the seam. Be sure to backstitch at the start and finish of the ric rac and be sure to use the same color thread as the ric rac! I almost made that unfortunate mistake! Trim the ric rac that is hanging off of the fabric in excess.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow pin and sew A/B to C using a small seam allowance.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogOnce again press the seam flat or to the side in the direction of the darker fabric.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTrim up the sides of your pieced front so that it is a nice square/rectangle. Place the back and the front piece together, right sides toward one another, and pin. Sew around THREE of the sides, being sure to backstitch at the start and finish.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTurn your creation right-side out and stuff your pillow inside. Almost done!

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogUse your fingers to carefully take your unsewn side and fold the fabrics inward, pinning carefully and often as you go, as shown above.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogCarefully and slowly sew this opening shut, being sure to backstitch at the start and finish.

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogDONE! Wasn’t that so much easier than you expected?! And I think it looks like a million bucks, don’t you? I am going to be doing it on a body pillow and two varied sizes of throw pillows for his bed, so be sure to check out my blog for the finished room reveal!

Dr. Seuss Room Makeover #4, Fabulously Fun Pillows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog


Thank you, thank you Sarah! Your projects are always so much fun and so FABulous! I have loved your room makeover series and for sharing your incredible talent for design and creating FABulous crafty crafts! 🙂 For more wonderful projects and to see her little fella’s final room reveal, stop on by at Bombshell Bling where you will find creativity at it’s best…and did you know Sarah designs and makes gorgeous jewelry?

I love the fabrics that Sarah used in this fun and brilliantly bright room makeover series. The Ribbon Retreat carries a lovely collection of bright fabric, but we also carry gorgeous batiks, exciting and modern designs, chevron, gingham, polka dot, and solids that are all DIVINE and perfect for your home decor projects and much, much more! To see all of our fantastic fabrics, click here to be completely inspired!

Home decor projects are so much fun to create and the finished product is so rewarding! What are your home decor projects you are creating right now?

Happy Creating & Happy Pillow Making!
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4 Comments

  1. Moon
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Too, too cute! What a great way to modify the pattern, and I love that touch of turquoise in there, just perfect!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 25, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Hi and thank you so much for your comment! These pillows are so super cute and are so versatile. With a simple change in fabric, your pillow can take on a whole new look. Thank you again so much and have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted September 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    You have used beautiful colors. I like multicolored curtains and pillow. Thank you for this beautiful post.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 26, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Hi James! Thank you so much for your comment! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

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