Making a Zinnia Throw Pillow

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December 1, 2010

pink zinnia pillowThis is an unusual but striking pillow and resembles a zinnia when done.

Approximate Time: 3 hours, depending on sewing experience




  1. Cut out an 18 inch square of base fabric. I used some synthetic suede I had on hand.
  2. Cut approximately 30 circles from felt that are 3-1/2 inches in diameter and 30 circles that are about 2 inches in diameter. This does not have to be exact.
  3. Cut all circles in half.
  4. With base fabric, draw a large circle on one 18 inch square. I used a pizza pan and drew around it.
  5. Starting at the outer edge, lay a row of "petals" around the outside perimeter. On the next row, stagger the petals to make them look like a flower. I did four rows with the 3-1/2 inch petals and then I started on the smaller circles till I got to the center. At the very center, you may have to put a few pleats in the felt to get it to work in.
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  7. Once you have your zinnia on the base fabric, sew the other 18 inch piece to it right sides together, leaving an opening for turning.
  8. Insert a pillow form or stuff with fiberfill in the opening.
  9. Hand sew the opening shut.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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