Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mandala Pillows- Part 3 of 3

The finished pillow number two...


...and in close-up.


Pillow number one after stuffing.


Cutting chenille fabric for the 'pillow inserts'.


The fully stuffed back side of pillow #1 with felt loops and button closures.


The more lightly stuffed pillow #2 with a single button and loop.


Side by side comparison of the pillow backs...


...and shown with the original rug.

Because these were not made to a 'standard' pillow insert size...

...I had to customize the filling for each pillow.

I made pillow #1 an over-stuffed one...

...and used decorative closures for an appealing backside. :)

I made the second one much thinner...

...and found that it needed only a single button closure.

My goal was to maintain the round shape of each pillow...

...and, unfortunately, I didn't find that the 'flange' idea worked all that well.

Neither design provided enough extra felt to make an actual flap...

...and I think it may need to be quite a bit wider to work in this manner.

I was hoping to test this hypothesis further, prior to posting this project for you...

...but my mind moved back to (where else?) purses, and I never did. (Sorry!)

I'm hoping that one of you pillow-makers out there will pick up where I left off...

...and see whether there is any utility in this idea, or not. :)

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14 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the loops and buttons. I love buttons! I love the chenille popping out of the back. Not what you intended but great pillows.

Het Wolbeest said...

I LOVE your mandala pillows!! You have finished a lot of beautiful projects lately, Heather!!!! Love, Alexandra.

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--I'm with you on the button-lovin'
thing!! In fact, that was the only good thing about having trouble with this project, was that I got to go through my stash and pick some craaaazy buttons to use!! :)
Alexandra--Thanks! You're so kind. XXO-

Rachel said...

The button closures look great, even if the flange didn't work quite according to plan!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thanks! It's good to hear that they don't look too weird! :)

Mariana said...

I think, you solved the closure "issue" super well. They look really good. I love how neat the prefelt designs stayed. Really nice work!

Dawn Edwards said...

Oh, yes, I'd like to order the whole set, rug and two pillows please. I love it!!!! I know that you're a purse gal...Sad that some people seem to get stuck in some sort of rut like that, isn't it? Why, I can think of one of your friends who only thinks of hats....Most peculiar;-)))) Anyway, purse gal, I think this is one of your most amazing feltmaking feats! Love the colors, the closures, the design, the maker...everything!;-) Hats off to you dear friend ... You did a bang-up job!!!!

Hope you are having a great start to the week.

Love,
Dawn

Heather Woollove said...

Mariana--I first made an insert from an ugly fabric...
thinking that it would not be visible. I then had to re-think the whole closure, and that's when I decided to 'go for broke' with the chenille insert, loops and all. :)
Dawn--Hahaha...I'm glad that you like this project.
Maybe you could try the technique on one of your HATS?!?! Yes--I'm anticipating a wonderful day today. It's my birthday, after all!! Love you!! XXO-

Terrie said...

Wow, all are so lovely, love the shape, the pattern and the way you made it. They're so unique. Holding it is sooooo sweet.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely adorable! I love the pattern on both of them. So bright and colorful but not in the least gaudy. Very nice little pillows. :)

Melissa Plank said...

Hey, Happy Birthday!!! These are fabulous, I really love how the design uses different shapes fitted together, really spectacular!

Heather Woollove said...

Terrie--Thanks so much!!
Sandie--I'm glad you like the riot of color!
Melissa-Thanks for the birthday wishes and sweet comments!

Anonymous said...

Love the pillows. The loops & buttons are a great idea!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Sherry--I am a huge button fan. Even as a little girl, I loved to sift through my mom's button box or string them into necklaces! :)