Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Pillows are one of my great home décor loves. They are fun to make, and just changing the pillows on a bed or couch can give you a whole new vibe without having to buy a whole new couch too. I’ve seen these round pillows with large balls/poms attached all the way around the edges on Pinterest and been like, “yeeessssss, need to make!” for a while now, so there’s no time like the present, right? Turns out, they were pretty easy to replicate, and I'll show you how I did it!

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)    Supplies:
-fabric of your choice (If you choose velvet like I did, get a thicker upholstery velvet. It’s way easier to work with than a thin stretchy velvet.)
-wool felt balls (I used 28 4cm balls for one pillow in the light coral color.)
-brown craft paper
-sewing machine
-straight pins
-round pillow form or pillow stuffing


Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)     Measure the width of your round pillow form and add ½” to your measurement so you can have a ¼” seam allowance all the way around the edge. Make a paper template circle for your pillow from your craft paper. Trace your paper circle onto the backside of your fabric and cut it out. This is the front of your pillow. 

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      For the two back halves, fold the paper circle in half and trace half the circle, and then extend the flat end side by 3” so it looks like the back side of a hockey rink. Trace another of the same shape and cut out your two shapes. 

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)       Fold up the long straight edges of each shape ½” and sew the fold in place.

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)       Place your circle fabric right side up and then line up your two back halves on top so they overlap in the middle. 

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Sew all the way around the edge with a ¼” seam allowance. Turn the fabric right side out and add your pillow insert through the opening in the back. I chose to make my pillow “envelope style”, but you can also just cut two circles, face them together, sew it almost all the way around, turn right side out, stuff, and hand sew your opening shut. I like to make envelope style because you can remove the cover easily if needed and use a pillow form instead of stuffing by hand (I think you end up with a better shape that way).

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)
Once your pillow cover is done, use straight pins to pin felt balls all the way around your pillow until the circle is complete. Use a complementary color thread to tack each ball in place and knot the thread before moving on to the next ball (that way if one happens to come loose, they won’t all come loose). I would attach a ball, knot it, and then pass the thread through to the next one inside of the pillowcase so I didn’t have to cut and re-knot the needle each time. Once all your balls are attached, your pillow is ready to display!

Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Adorable Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Agh, it’s SO cute! I love the combination of the pink balls with the pink fabric, and just having a slightly different color tint between the two gives it that cool monochromatic look. You could also do this on any other shape pillow really, but there’s something extra fun about the round shape that makes it feel a bit more unique to me. Super fun to look at and also fun to make—let’s just say I had a ball! xo. Laura

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

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7th Day of Christmas 2016

DIY Yarn Wreath (from abeautifulmess.com)I don't know what it is, but about once a year (or maybe a little less, every 18 months?), I get the itch to make a wreath. Wreaths are such a classic decor project that there are about one million options for how to create one, what supplies to use, etc. Since it's the holidays, I decided to make something simple that I knew I could use year after year if I choose. This easy DIY yarn wreath is similar to making a latch hook rug and kind of resembles shag carpet—but I mean that in the best possible way. :)

DIY Yarn Wreath Also it only took about 2 hours to complete, so you're just one good holiday movie away from completing this cute project. You could use any color yarn and ribbon, so it doesn't have to be a holiday wreath unless that's what you are going for. And this project is so inexpensive (mine cost around $12) that I could see this being a really fun gals' night craft project or homemade gift you could make multiples of if you wanted. 

How to make a yarn wreathSupplies:
50-60 yards of yarn
wire ribbon
wire wreath frame
spray paint, optional
scissors
needle and thread

Quick note about yarn for this project: I'd recommend choosing something that isn't prone to fray much if at all. I also think thicker/chunky yarns look really nice here, and they will make this project come together much faster (you'll see why in a second). I used 1 1/3 skeins of Yarn Bee yarn in Astounding White (each skein was 43 yards), but see what you can find at your local craft store as I think there are lots of options that would work well here. You could even use jersey yarn or cut up t-shirts into thin strips of fabric for a different look than yarn. The possibilities really are limitless here, but do keep in mind to choose something that doesn't fray easily. 

How to make a shaggy yarn wreathStep One: If you using, spray paint the wire frame. I decided to do this as my original frame was a dark green and I chose to use white yarn. So I wanted the frame to be white in case any small areas showed through the yarn. If your frame already matches your yarn color choice, then you can skip this step. 

Step Two: Cut one of the skeins of yarn into 7 to 8 inch pieces. This is a bit longer than you will probably need, but it makes it much easier to work with. You will likely need more than one skein of yarn, but it depends how big your wire frame is. So it's good to just cut one skein, and then wait to see how much more you will need before cutting a second one. 

Easy yarn wreath tutorialStep Three: Loop each piece of yarn over the wire frame and then slide into place. See the images above for how I did this. Repeat until the entire frame is covered in yarn.

DIY shag rug wreathStep Four: Give your wreath a hair cut! Trim the yarn to the length you desire. Then add a ribbon bow or any other embellishments you want (faux berries, decorative birds, greenery, etc.). You can sew these in place or use a hot glue gun. I chose to sew mine with thread to the wire frame. 

DIY Yarn Wreath  That's it—pretty simple! Now you can display your wreath on any door or wall in your home. Mine is currently hanging on the inside of my backdoor. If you do choose to hang it outside, you might consider using a product like Scotchgard Rug & Carpet Protector to help make it a bit more weatherproof. Yarn is delicate, so if your doorway doesn't have some kind of overhang or a storm door and you think your wreath might get excessively wet, then it may not last long. But again, this kind of depends on your doorway. So use your best judgment here. 

Also, feel free to judge my backyard. Maybe I should have been raking leaves instead of making a wreath? Hmm. But making a wreath is SO much more fun, guys. OK, excuse me, I need to go find a rake. ;) xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

New ABM actionsWe are continuing our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways today with a prize we are really excited about! Earlier this year we launched our latest collection of A Beautiful Mess actions. These are Photoshop and Lightroom presets that we use on basically ALL the photography you see here on the blog. Actions make editing super quick and easy as you are just one click away from achieving some really beautiful looks. 

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