Maybe Matilda: Monogram Pillow Tutorial by Little Lovelies

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Monogram Pillow Tutorial by Little Lovelies

Allison from Little Lovelies and I are doing a blog swap today--if you don't already know and love her blog, prepare to be wowed. It'll become a favorite, I guarantee it . . . it's definitely a favorite of mine. We thought it would be fun for each of us to take the same idea and put our own spin into it, and we decided on pillows. And wouldn't you know it, we both happened to use the same material for our pillows without planning to! I think this just confirms what I had already suspected . . . Allison and I are blogging kindred spirits. When you're done checking out her pillow, head over to her blog to see my version!

My name is Allison and I blog at little lovelies.

I am so excited to be here at Maybe Matilda. Rachel is one of my
favorite bloggers and I am honored that she let me make an appearance here. 

I am a wife and working mom, and I love to create in my spare time. I have been blogging for less than a year, but creating things for as long as I can remember. Here are a few of my favorite projects you can find on my blog:

1, 2, 3, 4

On to what you are all here for - a project.

I was the one who suggested to Rachel that we swap blogs for the day. I also suggested that we do our take on making the same thing. I may have also suggested pillows. (I sure do sound pushy, don't I?) What was I thinking when I suggested pillows? I only have myself to blame for the afternoon of frustration I had while working on this project. I barely know how to sew so I don't know why I suggested it. I should have just spray painted an existing pillow (isn't that what you do in blog world? spray paint everything?). 

I finally decided on a felt monogram pillow.

It ended up turning out ok, but lets just say I got friendly with my stitch picker thing. See? Not a seamstress, so don't expect anything technical here. 

I got this fabulous mustard colored felt at JoAnn's. It is sold on the bolt in the fabric section and is 35% wool so it is really sturdy. I cut out 2 14" squares, and another small piece to cut the monogram out of. 

To get the "pattern" for my monogram, I just used Word and picked a font I liked. 

When I had my letter the size I wanted, I taped a piece of paper over my screen and carefully traced it (you don't want to poke a hole in your screen). 

 No wasted ink, which is great since I only remember to buy ink for the printer about once a year. 

 Cut out your monogram, trace onto your felt face down, and cut out. 

Once you have your monogram cut out, pin in to where you want it on your pillow.

This is where I started having some trouble. It took a bit of practice for me to carefully stitch around the m and I got to pick out stitches four or five times. To say I was frustrated would be an understatement. 

I managed to get it mostly right, but see that last leg of the m over on the right? It is sitting just a little higher than the rest of the m. You live, you learn. Next time, spray paint. I am only halfway kidding...

 Pin your pillow sides together, sew, and stuff. 

It turned out really pretty, despite my issues. If you are a talented sewer, I bet you could finish this project in under an hour. I think these would make great newlywed or Christmas gifts. 

I would love for you to come visit me at little lovelies and check out some of my other projects. Come say hi!

Again, a big thanks to Rachel for having me!


Isn't that cute? I really love it, and I want to make one to match the mustard yellow wool felt pillow on my sofa. Even my husband walked by while I was looking at these pictures and requested I make one--that's the true test, isn't it? If a guy approves? A+, Allison. 

Now, if you're in the mood for more pillows, head over to Little Lovelies and check out my pillow!


  1. Thanks so much for having me! A guy approved pillow - I am proud :)

  2. Cute pillow, Allison. I love that you both choose exactly the same fabric, but ended up with totally different looks.

  3. This really would make a great wedding gift! I'll have to keep this in mind for my friends who are engaged. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. I love it! I also love your textured pillow on Allison's blog. It inspired me. Interior design is NOT one of my strengths.....I realized that my huge sectional is completely bare and maybe I should do something about that.....I'm picturing making BOTH pillows and then adding in 1 or 2 more plain ones....what do you think? I am scared. :D

  5. Oh my, this is the cutest! I MUST bookmark this! Thanks for sharing. Love that yellow, by the way!

  6. Having a photo for each step is a lot of extra work, but soooo helpful, Great tutorial!

  7. I love these! Thanks for sharing them!

  8. Thank you for your effort

  9. gorgeous ! love the color and design on the monogram pillow cover


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