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dada pillows

It was my husband’s birthday a few weeks ago and I had been promising him FOREVER to replace his favorite pillow for him (yes, I took the old one and tossed it thinking I would whip him up a new one in no time).  It took me a while to come up with what I wanted to do.  He would have been happy with just a couple fabrics slapped together, but I thought and thought and thought some more about that darn pillow.  It had to be perfect, or so I thought. 

I ended up waiting until his actual birthday to make the first pillow.  Mistake.  It was so hard keeping the girls occupied while trying to come up with a cool design for the pillow.  I finished it just in time – and he loves it.  yay.

I had also planned on making a few more pillows to throw on the couch, so I finished the last two up last night.  Made me really happy to check that one off my list, I had been putting it off for long enough. 

I ended up making the big square pillow forms myself which was really fun, but the rectangular ones are small travel pillows.  I lined all but one pillow with muslin for a little more sturdiness (I love it!).  The first pillow I made using fusible fleece and quilted it with straight lines, but I prefer the other versions a little better.

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27 Responses to dada pillows

  1. Sew It UP! 03.30.2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Those came out great! The simplicity of the pattern lets the fabric come out and shine. Love it! They remind me of the beach.

  2. jess 03.30.2010 at 2:41 pm #

    very cute! I mean-er masculine. *grunt* lol. just kidding. The fabrics are great!

  3. Jody 03.30.2010 at 3:00 pm #


  4. Deanna 03.30.2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Love the pillows!

  5. Melissa 03.30.2010 at 3:09 pm #

    You know, I keep forgetting about pillows. Patchwork has always scared me because I think GIANT QUILT every time. These are gorgeous though, love the colours!

  6. PUKKA PINNIES 03.30.2010 at 3:17 pm #

    I love the Amy Butler prints, they work well on your pillows. I have used the one with the large navy flowers and lots of turquoise for my new pinnies. Finally got round to taking some pics of them today and am just about to up load them onto my shop.

  7. IngeborgĀ“s Lotta 03.30.2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Very nice fabrics! Love how you have combined them :)

  8. Christina 03.30.2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Ooohhhh, I like those! I love the manly fabric colors. :)

  9. Mary 03.30.2010 at 3:47 pm #

    I love these! I really need to attempt making pillow covers – I know it’s not even all that hard! What a great gift for your husband . . . you’re reminding me of how much I’ve been slacking on making my husband’s “man quilt”. He’s beginning to think it won’t ever happen!

  10. Nutsy Coco 03.30.2010 at 3:55 pm #

    They look great! I love the color of your couch too but I cringe at how awful it would look in my house after my two dogs and cat with white fur laid on it for 5 minutes!

  11. Lizzy 03.30.2010 at 4:10 pm #

    OOOOH! So pretty! I need to make pillow covers for the pillows on my own couch, but I’ve just been having trouble getting inspired to actually do it. I love the fabrics you chose – so fresh!

  12. Sarah Pead 03.30.2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Love them! Just love them!

  13. Happy Together 03.30.2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Beautiful pillows!

  14. One Flew Over 03.30.2010 at 5:25 pm #

    These look fantastic!!!

  15. sandandstarfish 03.30.2010 at 5:52 pm #

    great job! LOVE these!

  16. Magen 03.30.2010 at 6:51 pm #

    Very cute. I like that they look so modern…I have no chance at making my own though,Husband is fed up with all the pillows I have collected around the house!

    Magen @

  17. Suzanne 03.30.2010 at 7:15 pm #

    Anyone would love those pillow. They are beautiful AND (most important) they look soft and comfortable!

  18. Tamiko 03.30.2010 at 8:00 pm #

    Those pillows are beautiful! I am making a quilt in similar colors and that stripy fabric would be perfect. Do you mind sharing who the designer/manufacturer is? I haven’t seen in my LQS’s. THanks!

  19. Anna 03.30.2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Thanks everyone! Tamiko – the stripey fabric is Picnic Parade JM18-Blue Book Stripe by Jenean Morrison. Just googled it an it’s on mega sale here:–Free-Spirit.htm
    Hope that helps!

  20. Marina 03.30.2010 at 11:15 pm #

    lovely pillows. I’ve been promising to make some grown-up ones for my hubby for absolute ages. (Glad your little one is recovering from her little accident…..ooops…..)

  21. henny 03.31.2010 at 6:56 am #

    Lovely pillows! Love the calm colors..

  22. Leslie 03.31.2010 at 7:56 am #

    these are so nice!! good job

  23. sneezerville 03.31.2010 at 8:54 am #

    i love those ! the patterns the colors they all rock

  24. patternpatti 03.31.2010 at 10:30 am #

    Love them. I’ve needed to do that for so long. Guess I might as well wait until I get that new sofa, right

  25. Jeannie 03.31.2010 at 11:20 am #

    Love, love those pillow! I have yet to do one, they seems so daunting to me somehow!
    You did a great job.

  26. Sarah 03.31.2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Love your cushions! Love the fabrics you have chosen too. I do like the quilted one but I do see what you mean. Sometimes simple is better. I bet your home looks so much nicer now and I bet you smile whenever you see them. I’d be proud of all those squishy delights.

  27. luvinthemommyhood 04.05.2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Lovely job! These are fab!

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