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Easy Quilting Project: Dresden Pillow Tutorial

I love love love pillows – much to my husbands dismay – and I was really excited for the chance to try out a small sewing project that would allow me to add another fun throw pillow to my guest bedroom. Dresden Quilts are beautiful but I am not an experienced quilter so taking on more than one dresden plate seemed more be an ambitious than I could finish in a month. A single pillow ended up being the perfect project for me to stretch my sewing skills and learn some quilting basics. 

The Dimensional Dresden Template from Nancy’s Notions helped me take on this mini project with little to no quilting experience. In addition, this project calls for 2 fat quarters (or 2 yards of contrasting cotton material), a self healing mat, and a rotary cutter. 

I chose to make 8″ pieces so my first step was cutting 8″ wide rectangles of my chosen fabric. After that, cutting out the dresden pieces is easy. Line up your fabric using the markings on the template to determine where you need to cut. If you were making a traditional dresden and wanted to have scalloped edges after the pieces are cut you would use the yellow markings inside the template to line up the top section and mark out the curved cut. 

My pattern required six of each fabric. Once everything was cut out, we pinned the pieces together with the wrong sides facing. 

Next step is sewing the seams together. After pinning this should be fairly easy to do, just make sure to remove the pins as you go. 

After all the edges are sewn, you should have a circle with a hole in the middle. There are a few ways to fill in the center, but I decided to use a round circle of fabric.

Cut a circle from a piece of cardboard to use as a template and using a needle and thread, sew a wide running stitch around the outside edge. This is called basting. 

Once you’ve gone all the way around the edge, hold the opposite end of the string and pull tightly. This will bring your circle edges up around the cardboard. Use an iron to press the edges down and remove the cardboard. You should now be able to see where the edge is to sew a circle around the center with your machine. Pin it to your larger pieced circle and sew down. 

Use an iron to press all your seams flat. This shows the shape of the pattern and makes it a lot easier to work with. 

Using a jelly roll cut of fabric, pin a contrasting color all around the outside of your pattern. Jelly Rolls are pre-cut 2.5″ strips. You could also cut your own but starting with something precut makes things easier. This will be the edge of your pillow. Sew around the outside edge and use your pattern as a template to cut a circle of fabric to be the backside of your pillow. 

You could create two dresden patterns instead but I figured only one side would be displayed at a time. 

Face the right side of the back fabric to the right side of the pattern and use your machine to sew around the edge. Leave 3-4 inches open at the end so you can fill the pillow. 

Use a needle and thread to close up the final seam and your finished pillow is ready to display! 

If you’d like to make a pillow of your own, or are inspired to try an even larger dresden project, make sure to enter our Spring Party Giveaway! Nancy’s Notions will be sending one lucky reader their Dresden Americana Table Topper kit! 

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How to use Freezer paper to make a DIY Throw Pillow

This week’s DIY projects kick off with an easy DIY technique that will let you create vintage looking throw pillows for every room of the house from Lauren at Gather & Flourish. [Don’t tell my husband I’ve already started a set for our living room.] I love how versatile freezer paper is for crafting and this transfer idea is one I had never heard of before! I love Lauren’s design style and I can’t wait to add a few of these pillows to my home.

See the full tutorial and then head to the contest entry form at the bottom of the post for the chance to win a prize from one of our fantastic Spring Blog Party sponsors.    

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Easy DIY Spring Wreath

Can you believe we are almost half way through the month? I hope you’ve been inspired by all the fun decor ideas and have been able to add touch of spring to your home before this weekend’s holiday! Today’s beautiful wreath project comes to us from Morgan at Beautifully Inspired Home. Wreaths are one of the easiest ways to change out your decor every season and I love how fresh and bright Morgan’s Spring Wreath is! See the full tutorial below and don’t forget to enter our contest at the end. 

Hi, I’m Morgan from Beautifully Inspired Home and I’m so excited to share this spring project with you today! I’m a perpetual crafter and love sharing the tips and tricks I’ve learned. Today we are tackling an easy Spring Wreath for your front door or mantel.

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How to Make Your Own Barnwood Frame

I love the rustic homey look of barnwood but its not always easy to come by and paying top dollar for a designer frame that looks distressed is kinda like buying $100 jeans with holes in them. That is why I LOVE this fun frame tutorial from Sara at Find It, Fix It or Build It. Sara has captured all the fun things I love about barn wood and made it into a project I can make on my own for just a few bucks! 

Hi, I’m Sara from Find It, Fix It or Build It! Right now I live in Anchorage, Alaska, where the snow still hasn’t completely melted yet, but since this is a spring bash I’m going to imagine that it actually feels like spring!

I’m so excited to be here on Rocky Mountain Bliss to share my project with you. I believe many things in life don’t have to be as expensive as most people think, especially when it comes to furniture, decor and home improvement, and I love sharing DIY projects that help teach skills and save you money.

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