diy felt pillow {& felt pod giveaway!}


diy felt pillow

one of my sponsors, the felt pod, sent me some fabulous felt to work with.   i have not really worked with felt much, other than the really cheap craft felt.  this 100% wool felt was the complete opposite!  i was a little worried about how it would work, or if i could figure out how to work with it, but the quality is so nice that it was a breeze to use!  it was thick, but easy to cut through, soft, and so vibrant!

diy felt pillow

 i decided to make a pillow for a little friend, to go with a quilt i helped her mom get started on.  i went for a simple chinese lantern and tried my hand at a variety of different techniques on this pillow.

diy felt pillow

aren’t these colors amazing?!  the felt pod has so many great colors to choose from.  this project took  2  18″x18″ sheets in cerise, one 8″x12″ sheet of each teal and willow, and one 1/2″ roll of salmon felt ribbon.

diy felt pillow

 i started with a piece of scratch paper and drew an oval shape with the ends chopped flat, for the main body of the lantern.

diy felt pillow

 i traced it with a white quilter’s pencil, which showed up well on the felt.

diy felt pillow

then i cut out the shape.

diy felt pillow

i wanted to try a reverse applique so i put the piece of teal felt on the backside, covering the opening i had just cut out.  i made sure that it was centered over the opening.

diy felt pillow

then i pinned down each of the 4 corners, to hold the teal piece in place.

diy felt pillow

next i flipped the 18″x18″ sheet over and pinned some more to make sure the under sheet didn’t wiggle.

diy felt pillow

then i took it to my machine.  i wanted a really close stitch to the edge, and a contrasting stitch, so i used a bright yellow thread.

diy felt pillow

 i also wanted a wide stitch so i set my machine to its widest setting.

diy felt pillow

 then i trimmed my threads.

diy felt pillow

 i flipped over the piece again and trimmed off the excess felt around the lantern shape to reduce bulk.

diy felt pillow

then i made 2 rectangles out of the willow felt for the top and bottom of the lantern, and did a more traditional applique over the top of the fabric.

diy felt pillow

again, i loved how easy this felt was to work with – it didn’t wiggle or shift as i sewed and it never stretched out either.

diy felt pillow

on the bottom piece of the lantern i cut a length of the salmon felt ribbon with pointed ends and folded it, tucked it under the rectangle, and stitched it down to make a ribbon end for the bottom of the lantern.

diy felt pillow

i needed something to hang the lantern from and wanted to incorporate the ribbon again, so i used the ribbon to weave a line along the pillow.

i started by laying out the ribbon in the position i wanted.

diy felt pillow

 then i took my white quilter’s pencil again and marked slash lines

diy felt pillow

and then snipped along those lines with my scissors.

diy felt pillow

 i took a large safety pin, attached it to the end of the ribbon, and threaded it through the snips.

diy felt pillow

 so cute, right?!

diy felt pillow

i liked it so much that i added another string crossing behind.

diy felt pillow

 i stitched the ends down to keep the ribbon in place on the back side.

diy felt pillow

 i wanted to do some top stitching on the main body of the lantern, but i wanted to strengthen the felt a little more, so i just used the original piece that i had trimmed out of the middle of the 18″x18″ piece.

diy felt pillow

 i pinned some imaginary lines to figure out where i wanted them.  when they were just right i used the pencil again and traced over the pins.

diy felt pillow

 i kept a couple pins to hold the pieces together, but removed the rest of the pins to reveal the white lines to sew over.

diy felt pillow

 after i finished the top, i attached the backside to it, adding a zipper to make the cover removable, and added an 18″x18″ pillow.

diy felt pillow

 would you like to make a pillow like this?  the felt pod is offering a set of felt pieces to one lucky reader to make your own pillow, or whatever you can think of.

please go check out the felt pod shop, tell me what colors you’d choose, and an idea you have for another project that you’d try with felt.

the winner will receive 2 sheets of 18″x18″ felt, 2 sheets of 8″x12″ felt, and one roll of 1/2″ felt ribbon.

and the felt pod has also offered my readers 5% off all your orders using code “pleatedpoppy” at checkout (code valid during the giveaway only).



  1. 1

    I think it would be fun to do an ombre striped pillow out of the pink wools.

  2. 2

    They have a lot of colors–too many to choose a favorite. What caught my eye was the felt balls–just waiting to be made into something awesome for our new baby’s room!

  3. 3

    I would choose the cappacinno and coffee and make a ruffle pillow for my living room.
    Love the felt pod shop such yummy colors!

  4. 4
    Tonya Ivory says:

    I love all of the color coices- I think I would try to make some hsir clips for my daughters!

  5. 5

    The green and red felts are my favourite – I would love to make birthday crown for my youngest (with the very hungry caterpillar on it) and the colours are perfect for this project.

  6. 6
    Missy Cox says:

    I love the reds and greens. I would make a banner for Christmas decoration.

  7. 7
    angela s. says:

    i love the mustard and navy! i would love to make a pieced pillow and some flower pins! xo

  8. 8
    Amanda Angert says:

    I would choose the teal and the rust and I would try to make a book cover ala Katy from No Big Dill :)

    Thanks for the chance!

  9. 9

    I would make a piloow out of the yellow and gray felt…perfect for my daughter’s bedroom red!

  10. 10

    Turquoise and orange for sure! All of these colors are gorgeous, though, so it’s definitely hard to choose! I’m thinking a pillow for my daughter’s new “sea” themed room…possibly a scallop shell pillow using your method? :)

  11. 11

    I’d choose mint, sage, and carnation pink! I’ve wanted to make little felt blow clips for my daughter for a while– this felt looks perfect for the job!

  12. 12

    I love the teal and red wool felt – maybe a fun pillow to brighten up and add to some decor to our playroom. Also love the mustard yellow felt, would be fun to incorporate it into a pillow for some living room decor.

  13. 13

    azure all the way! i would make a pillow for my living room.

  14. 14

    I love the felt ribbon.
    I would love to make a necklace out of the felt balls.

  15. 15

    Sew cute!! (ba dum bum!) ;)

  16. 16
    Jennifer C. says:

    I think the heather ones in the browns and grays would be really cute to make into little animal masks – my kids could make up a play or show to go along with that!

  17. 17

    Love the fuschia, teal,charcoal, willow, and mustard colors! I have been wanting to buy some felt for some felt flower projects that are on my list of things to do!

  18. 18

    I’d have to pick some pinks and do something cute for number 5 that is on the way. Maybe some sort of a stuffed mobile for over the crib.

  19. 19

    I’m thinking a fall pillow…maybe a leaf or acorn in reverse appliqué like you did would be fun. I like the mustard, sage and rust colors…well all of them actually. I love how your pillow turned out!

  20. 20
    Debra Lee says:

    I yhink the salmon, Rust and heather charcoal.

  21. 21

    I loved the Cerisse, and Rose and Heather Charcoal too….I love to make little flower clips for my 3 year old daughter. How fun would it be to use those gorgeous colors! Love the pillow. Who knew you could make a pillow from felt!

  22. 22

    Love the almost rose color! I really like that there is such a variety of colors unlike the craft store! Felt is so fun to work with!

  23. 23

    No one around here sells 100% wool so this would be a treat! I would love to try a 3-D flower pillow in sunflower colors. The sage green for the background, the crimson or buttercream yellow for the petals, and the heather brown ribbon as the center. And I would use leftovers to make those beautiful felt dahlia pins for gifts. Every last scrap would be used!

  24. 24

    I would pick pinks and purples and make my girls some hair accessories. I would also pick some pretty felt balls to make a garland to hang in the girls’ rooms. It’s all about the girls… ha!

  25. 25

    Perfect timing, I need some felt to make one of those doll houses over on Charla Annes blog! I’d let my daughters choose the colors!

  26. 26

    I would pick cappucinno, buttercream and carnation to make felt cookies for my daughter!

  27. 27

    Oh how exciting! I just love the turquoise color! I think I would use the felt to make some rose necklaces that I saw on pinterest!

  28. 28

    I love the felt balls in the Autumn and Fiesta Colors to make into garlands to put across a mirror over my fireplace for a fun fall decoration!

  29. 29

    I think the rust and berry shades are my favorite….but it’s hard to decide. I like the balls too.
    Wanna make a necklace and plan to make a rug out of the balls.

  30. 30

    I would choose the rose felt and the coffee felt and use them to make some Christmas ornaments.

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  31. 31

    I would love to make some hair bows for my daughter.

  32. 32

    I would make a skinny pillow with rose and charcoal.

  33. 33

    I would choose teal, crimson, and mustard and make a composition book cover for fall :)

  34. 34

    Ooooh! I really like the teal. And the felt ribbon is so neat. I’ve been wanting to sew one of those throw pillows with petals all over them. So pretty!

  35. 35

    the hot pink balls are great! what a fun necklace that would make…

  36. 36

    Too hard to choose! I would either make a pillow for my son’s room or for our basement that we are currently finishing.

  37. 37

    I’d love the charcoal heather and the crimson red felt. I’d use them to finish some stockings I’ve been working on for a while now:) Maybe I could finish them for next Christmas.

  38. 38

    Beautiful color assortment! I’d choose anything bright and I would love to make some fun vintage style felt Christmas ornaments! Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. 39
    Genelle G. says:

    Oh, I love their colors! I would get salmon, willow and mustard and either wisteria or teal for the sheets and the ribbon would be a pretty charcoal. I love to make my own felt Christmas ornaments and I would save these pieces for that project. If I don’t win I may have to get some of my own anyhow!

  40. 40

    I would make a cool wall hanging in orange wool, teal, and coffee. It would be two cute little owls sitting on a branch (my little twin baby boys’ nursery is owl themed!). This felt looks amazing!

  41. 41

    What great timing! I’ve been looking for 100% wool to make a tooth pillow for my 5-year old. She have two loose teeth and it they are coming out any day now! Obviously, I would choose white, but I would throw in a cool red and a grass green. Thanks!

  42. 42
    heathere says:

    I love all the berry colors I would make pillows for my niece Paisley, that will be arriving in 3 days room!Thanks for the chance to win Lindsey! Heathere

  43. 43

    Love the colors crimson, salmon, and teal! And I’d use the product for my felt sewn cards that I love to create :) I buy LOTS of felt… so this is awesome!

  44. 44

    shades of pink from light to bright, but not dusty. I would love to make some barrettes for my girls!

  45. 45

    I think I would love the yellow and turquoise ones to make something for my sister’s nursery – either something in a frame or a pillow

  46. 46

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  47. 47
    Morgan Thomas says:

    I would choose the torquoise, lavender, and orchid colors! I would use them in bows for hair and on a school bag!

  48. 48

    Love the mustard, willow, and teal colors. I think I would get started making some Christmas gift posy pins for friends. Thanks!

  49. 49

    I can imagine a Christmas pillow using the dark heather charcoal, olive, and a dash of crimson. So many possibilities!

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