Bloom and Border Pillow

Finally, my first two-spool project from Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp. This project was fairly easy- there are a good number of pieces because the front is made up of one main piece with four side pieces that are quilted on. But, she does a good job letting you know what piece(s) you are supposed to be working with at any particular time, so it’s not confusing.

Bloom and Border pillow by Diana Rupp
Bloom and Border pillow before inserting pillow form and hand-stitching the pillow form inside it. I don 't have the proper size pillow form yet, but I'll update with a new picture when I do!

The Bloom and Border pillow has the pillow form entirely sewn into the pillowcase, so there was some hand stitching at the end. It was a nice experience learning how to make this pillow, and like the envelope pillow, I think this pattern would be easy to modify.

I had one major problem with this project: she tells you to get an 18” x 18” pillow, but my finished pillowcase was 14” x 14”. I don’t think I made any big mistakes. I think this is a big mistake on the part of the author or editor, one that easily could have been corrected prior to publication. Telling someone to buy a completely wrong pillow form just frustrates them and makes them waste money.

Grade:  a tentative D. There were no big mistakes in the instructions, but the pillow form mistake is just too big and obvious to forgive.  However, I could have made a mistake- I asked Wrong to make this pillow too, to see what size hers come out to be.  Who knows, maybe this pillow deserves an A?

Backy from Becky’s Craft Blog has made a similar pillow, but she used an envelope-style back with three buttons.  She doesn’t mention any size discrepancies. Cute though!

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