Friday, January 13, 2012

Bicycle Pillow

You know when you have a whole bunch of projects to do, and it looks like you'll never, ever get it all done?... well....this may seem counterintuitive, but I've found I actually get more done if, instead of attempting to tackle the biggest project on the list, I start doing the easiest stuff first and work my way up from there.  Try it--you'll feel good about your accomplishments which in turn (ideally) will give you the motivation to work on the harder stuff!

And speaking of projects, here's one of the "easy" ones....

Bicycle Lumbar Pillow
After doing that stunt, he's probably going to need a lumbar pillow! The picture is from The Graphics Fairy, part of a series of circus acrobats and performers.

Here's a closer look:

I used an iron-on transfer for the design--you'll notice that the original has him facing the other way around.  Oops!  Forgot to flip-flop the image before transferring it.  Oh well, does it really matter which way he's facing?! The red material is faky faux suede material.  It was the strangest stuff to cut out; it kept wanting to "stick" onto my cutting board.  The braiding was purchased awhile back at Michael's clearance aisle--one of those happy coincidences, as it happened to match just right!

I originally had the corners squared, but the pillow insert didn't seem firm enough to fill it out. So... I decided to gather the corners.

If you've never done this before, it's actually very easy:

Working on the inside, just gather the corner together between your fingers and tie dental floss around it!

Your corners will then look like this. And if I change my mind, or get a better pillow insert, I can always have it back to square corners.

The back is simply a slip cover style; the idea of trying to sew in a zipper with this fabric did not fall into the category of "easy"!

Cross that one off the list.... on to the next (easiest) thing!

Thanks for looking!


You can see my project & lots of other cool stuff here:

The Shabby Nest                   The Thrifty Groove   



  1. Great job, Mary!! I'm pretty sure he knows exactly where he's going, so direction is not important. ;o)

  2. Very cute post and darling image you chose for your pillow!

    Thanks for sharing :D
    Via: Brag Monday at GraphicsFairy,
    Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

    1. Suzanne,
      Thanks, glad you liked it!
      You have such a fun blog--I visit often!

  3. The pillow turned out so cute and I love the graphic! Thanks for linking to the Open House Party.
    xo, Sherry

    1. Sherry,
      Thanks for having me! I'll probably link up again in the near future!

  4. Hi! Just wanted to say it's nice to meet you. Thank you for coming over to say hello from Stitchfork. I love your saying about cream. I just found out there is a cream that is even higher in butter fat than heavy whipping cream! I wish I didn't know! lol! I love the pillow and such a neat trick to make the corners decorative.


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