My aunt and I went to City Craft the other day so that she could pick out some fabrics for a couple of projects that she is working on. I tagged along because I like to hang out with my aunt whenever possible. 🙂
She introduced me to Amy Butler’s fabrics and patterns. While a lot of her fabric is a bit too cutesy for me I did fall in love with several of her patterns.. including this pattern for what she called a Gumdrop pillow. Oh my! I was smitten instantly by the fun design of this thing and imagined a whole seating arrangement made just with this fun pillows.
Of course, being the up and coming DIYer that I am – I did not really feel like I could pay $11.99 for this pattern when it looked quite simple enough for me to figure out on my own.
Sure enough when I googled it I found several links to others such as myself that believe that ideas should be shared and not sold. 🙂 So using the instructions from this blog for a Moroccan pouf which looked identical to the gumdrop pillow – but did not mention Amy Butler anywhere.
So, I found fabric I’ve had for a while stored away and off I went….
First I made the pattern out of some old Christmas wrapping paper I’ve had for a couple of years….
Then I cut out 8 sections. My fabric happens to be reversible so I decided to alternate back and forth with the colors.
The pattern called for about 70 oz of polyfil, but I wanted to be able to sit on this as well as use it as an ottoman – so I used 3 1/2 bags of 50 oz of polyfil – it is one stuffed pillow!
Lastly we created a pattern for an octagon shape to use as a lid for the top and I hand stitched it on.
I think it turned out quite cute…what do you think?