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.

Sandie Knapp 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!

Sherry 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! :)