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Cute Throw Pillow Applique DIY

You know how I made that String Art a few weeks ago to spruce up our bedroom? Well, I didn’t stop there.

For my second knitting project of the year, I decided that I wanted to knit a cover for a throw pillow. And since anchors are also a thing between Shelton and I, that seemed to be the obvious decoration choice. The great thing about this DIY is that it is totally┬ácustomize-able┬áto whatever you’re wanting – heck, you don’t even have to knit if you don’t want to!

I feel you warming up to me.

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For this project you’ll need: janky throw pillow from the clearance section, knitting supplies (yarn in your color of choice and needles – I used about 2 skeins of yarn to knit the front cover), felt, design stencil/vector image, embroidery floss or thread, needle, and scissors.

Not a knitter? Go to a thrift shop or dig in your closet and find an old sweater you never wear. As long as it’s big enough to cover the front of your janky throw pillow, then you’re solid. Or, don’t cover your pillow at all. Options, people. Options.

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Do you remember the days when you could purchase 2 cheap throw pillows from Walmart or Target for under $10? Those days are long gone, my friend. I searched high and low until I found this baby hiding on the clearance shelf at TJMaxx, which you know is a store where everything is already on sale. Definite win.

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A hole! It’s my lucky day. In the words of Mr. Burns, “Egggggggsssellent.”

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My finished knitted cover. I tried out circular needles for the first time and fell totally in love with them! Also, I didn’t account for how much the yarn would stretch, so the cover was a little wide. No big deal though – once it was secured with needle and thread it looked perfect. (From the front, but that’s the only side I care about. So there.)

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I love downloading vector images from the internet. You can literally find anything.* I actually altered this vector in Illustrator to have a heart at the top instead of a circle, but you can do the same by drawing/cutting your printout or stencil. Also – I wanted the anchor to fill the center of my pillow so I enlarged it a bit and printed it out on two sheets of paper.

*Download at your own risk, obvi.

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Cut out your design and then tape all the edges to the felt. Then you get to cut it out again!

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Now the really fun part: stitching. I safety pinned the anchor in a few places first to make sure it didn’t move. I love the simplicity of hand stitching and I used the “back stitch” to sew the applique. Check out this really great Back Stitch step-by-step tutorial by Wild Olive!

After your applique is sewn on, then just roughly sew the completed cover to the pillow. Don’t worry about making it perfect, no one will see the back of the pillow anyway.

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I think it helps tie the room together a little bit better! Same boat, an anchor… nautical without being nauseating.

Nightstand

Bonus picture! My nightstand. Pearls, a good book, stack of hair ties, jewelry box… I love being a girl.

What would you applique on your throw pillow?

-Sarah

Finished Project Gallery: Felt Edition

I know we’ve all been packing up ornaments and holiday decor, and probably don’t want to think about peppermint or wrapping paper for another eleven months or so… but in the name of Crafting I must share these photos with you, because I a firm believer that all finished projects should be celebrated in some small way. This past Christmas I dove headfirst into embroidery and hand-stitching and fell in love with this craft! I have more projects in the works and hope to share a DIY with you soon. Until then, here are some photos of recently finished projects… {product links below}

circular stockings progress

My personal crafting mantra? It’s a mess until it’s complete.

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Finished ornament, along with a lovely pearl bracelet. I took this photo for one of my clients – a local jewelry store.

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The final set of circular ornaments, as well as the beginning stages of Shelton’s stocking.

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After completing the first round of ornaments, I decided to get fancy and create my own designs from scratch. I made these for a friend who is getting married in February and was quite smitten with them.

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Our finished stockings! I finished mine on the way to Texas. Next year they’ll get to hang next to each other, until then they are tucked safely away with the rest of our Christmas decor.

And by “tucked safely away” I mean stacked on the table with everything else.

Here are the links to the different kits I purchased. They were all super-easy to put together and I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to try out this craft. Bonus: a lot of the Christmas themed kits are on sale right now!

Happy crafting!

-Sarah

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