Author: Laura Gummerman,Budget: $$,Crafts,D.I.Y. Project,Home Decor,Living Room,One Day Project,Renter Friendly,Sewing,

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)     I have been loving all the palm print housewares and clothing that has been popping up lately. It's such a classic print that evokes old Hollywood and Palm Springs, so it's fun to see all the modern twists on such a standard look. I was browsing online for house stuff and saw a graphic palm leaf print pillow in one of the living room scene photos, but I couldn't actually find the pillow for sale on the site. Dang it! Thankfully, it was a simple design, and I knew I could recreate it with some scissors and a few sheets of wool felt.

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-wool felt
-white cotton for pillow
-fabric scissors
-pins and fabric glue
-pillow insert

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      First I cut a large, slightly askew, teardrop shape out of the felt. Then I cut notches into the sides so you could see the separation of the leaf panels that are in the paddle-shaped palm leaves. Once I had a completed leaf, I used that shape as the template to cut 3 more leaves.

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      I cut a 19x19" square of white cotton for the front of my pillow (the finished size is 18x18" with a 1/2" seam allowance all the way around). (Wait to cut the fabric for the backside until you decide how you'll finish the pillow.) I pinned the leaves in place, used a bit of fabric glue to secure them, and cut off any felt that was overhanging the cotton square.

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      Once the glue was dry, I chose a similarly-colored thread and sewed around the edge of each leaf for a more finished look.

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      I also made a narrow "V" shape with the stitching right down the middle of each leaf to mimic the vein of the stalk. Once the front was complete, I finished the pillow as an envelope pillow (tutorial here) and stuffed a pillow insert inside. That's it!

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)       Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      While you don't have to do the stitching overlay on each leaf, I think it helps the pillow look a little more finished and it's not difficult to do (just takes a bit of patience with all that stopping and turning). I like that it's a simple pattern but a little abstract and still a solid nod to the classic palm print. As you can see by the palm wallpaper in the background, I love a good pattern! Hope this palm pillow is just what you're looking for! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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