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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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Spring Craft Blog Party Kick Off

Can you believe spring is already here? This year feels like it’s just flown by and summer is already peeping it’s head around the corner. With warm weather on the horizon, now is the time to spruce up your decor and push winter off for another six months with bright colors and fun craft projects. I’m working on a few projects that I’ll be sharing, but I wanted to bring together a few of my favorite bloggers to provide a full month of inspiration for you to enjoy. 

One of the reasons I started blogging was because I love browsing Pinterest and finding ideas that I can try on my own. I am so excited to have teamed up with a group of creative ladies who will be sharing their favorite spring projects right here on Rocky Mountain Bliss all month long. We’ll have a new set of projects available every week, and multiple chances to take home a prize from the party sponsors, Nancy’s Notions, Sublime Stitching, and Ball Canning. At the end of the month I’ll be drawing three winners who will take home a prize from one of our sponsors that will help you get started on one of the projects we showcase this month. There are multiple ways to enter and you can earn several entries throughout the month! 

We’re kicking off the month tomorrow with a really fun Burlap Bunny project that is perfect for adding some charm to your Easter decor! Check back tomorrow for the full project walk through.  Continue Reading…