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“Happy Place” Pillow

March 30, 2018

When we were young, naps seemed like a punishment…and then we grew up. As adults, naps are wonderful little mini vacations from our busy days. The inspiration for my Happy Place pillow came from my husband. He has been on overtime for a few weeks and when he comes home the couch is his favorite place to take a nap. I decided to make it more inviting.

My Silhouette Cameo was used to design and cut a stencil for the front. I used a 12″ card stock square for my stencil and filled it as close to the edges as I could.

I then cut two 13″ squares from muslin and two from white felt. The felt is the inner padding to the pillow. When using thin fabric like muslin for pillows I find a bit of smooth padding will prevent the pillow from looking lumpy from the batting.

After centering the stencil on one square of muslin, I simply stenciled my design using black acrylic paint. I lightly stenciled two light coats to prevent bleeding.

After my paint dried I layered my squares as follows: Felt square, right-side-up stenciled muslin square, blank muslin square, felt square.

Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, I stitched around the entire pillow, leaving a 4″ opening in the center of the bottom edge.

After clipping the corners to remove bulk, I turned the pillow right side out, stuffed it and hand stitched the opening closed.


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