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Tractor Applique Pillow

Hi all! My name is Angie and I blog over at The Country Chic Cottage and Crafts with Jars
I am thrilled to be here today with my tutorial for boys.  Boys are super hard to make crafts for, in my opinion, so this series is just what I need.  I decided to make a tractor applique pillow for my little guy.  I hope you enjoy my tutorial and will make one for your little guy as well.

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To make an applique pillow you will need:

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Cut out your tractor into pattern pieces.  I removed the window from the tractor and the centers of the wheels for patterns as well.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Pin the pattern pieces to the interfacing and cut out.  NOTE:  Be sure not to get your pieces backwards.  Remember the “front ” of the interfacing will be pressed to the backside of your fabric.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Fuse the interfacing to your fabric according to the instructions on the interfacing.  Be sure to use steam, a damp pressing cloth, and press for the recommended time.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Cut out the pattern pieces from the fabric and layout on your gray fabric.  Pin into place.  You can see I used the red chevron for the tractor body, black for the wheels, and white for the window/inside of the wheels.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Use your black and red thread to go around your appliques.  I went slowly and got right on the edge of the fabric.  I used a very short zig zag stitch on my machine and actually went around each piece twice.

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Cut the gray appliqued fabric and the red chevron to about 1 inch larger then your pillow.  Place right sides together and sew around three sides.  Complete your corners on the fourth side but leave the majority of the pillow open
(as shown below).

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Turn the pillow right side out and push the corners out with your finger.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Insert your pillow form or old pillow.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Turn under the seam allowance and pin across the bottom.  Sew closed on your sewing machine or by hand.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Give your pillow to your little guy to enjoy!

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I know my little guy is thrilled with his new “tractor”.  What other appliques would you apply for the little boy in your life?

Tractor Applique Pillow - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Thanks so much for having me here today and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Be sure to follow along at The Country Chic Cottage and Crafts with Jars for even more crafty fun.

Angie


Welcome Angie and thank you for sharing this super fun and TOUGH Tractor Applique Pillow! All little boys love tractors and what a great way to showcase this love than with a cute decorative pillow. Your fabric choices are awesome, and I think it is adorable that your little boy thinks all real tractors are red. 🙂

If you want to see more amazing tutorials by Angie, check out her fun and creative blog at The Country Chic Cottage. If you want to create this fun pillow or any of our other pretty pillows, you can get all of your fabric here at The Ribbon Retreat. If you want to trim your pillows with beautiful ribbon or embellish with ric rac, resins, buttons, or gems you can also get them here at The Ribbon Retreat. We carry all of your pillow making supplies.

Check out these other fun pillow projects…

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Happy Creating & Happy Pillow Making!
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7 Comments

  1. Tamera Westhoff
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    A monster truck could totally work too!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 24, 2013 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      Hi Tamera! Ohhh, that would be so so cute too! Great idea! Thank you for your comment! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 😉

  2. Rebecca
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    We will definitely need to make this. However, REAL tractors are green and yellow, so a couple of adjustments will need to be made:)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you for your comment! A green and yellow tractor would definitely be ADORABLE too. Have a wonderful day and thank you again Rebecca. Michelle 🙂

  3. Moon
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    How cute. You are so creative and I can’t wait to try these out.

  4. Seija Wahlman
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Creativity is all that i have to say. Cutting out shapes out of fabrics and stitching them to other to form beautiful designs is an art.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Seija! Thank you so much for your comment! Angie is one talented lady and applique is such a fun fun project! Thank you again! Michelle 🙂

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