Jan 16, 2014

Royal Elephant Pillow Cover


Although I enjoy sewing, I don't sew very often. I do get the urge now and then- times when I must get out the ol' Singer and create something.

I have been on a pillow kick lately. Here's one of my most recent creations, the Royal Elephant Pillow Cover. I was drawn to the image, and no wonder- in many cultures, the elephant represents grace, prosperity, power, loyalty, kindness, and wisdom. Who wouldn't want more of those things in the new year?


I found the pattern at sewdaily.com. It's free to download and print. 






After cutting out the fabric elephant, I sprayed it lightly with spray adhesive to attach it to the pillow cover while I sewed it on.

The pillow cover is unbleached muslin. I cut out 16.5" squares, then stitched 1/4" seams to fit a 16" pillow form. I inserted a zipper at the bottom of the cover so I could take the cover off and wash it when necessary. 

It had been a while since I had sewn a zipper, so I brushed up on the process with this tutorial by Make it and Love It. I hadn't used her method before, but it worked well for me.

Attached using small zigzag stitches

I liked how the swirl in the pattern of the fabric seemed to fit in with where the elephant's eye would be.

I made two of these pillow covers- one with the elephant facing the other way. I had originally made them to be a pair, but they ended up being adopted in two different homes. :)



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54 comments:

  1. I love this Joy! I love elephants, and have a nice collection of them, and this would be the perfect addition. I am not great at sewing, but practice is the only way to get better, right? I will check out the zipper tutorial, as that is definitely intimidating to me! Have a great day! xo

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    1. Kris, I love that you collect elephants! This pillow wasn't difficult, a little tedious in some spots, but it was worth it. I am NOT very good at putting in zippers...but even if they don't look all that great, they're on the bottom of the pillow where they don't show! ;)

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  2. I sew all the time. For years my family and friends have been trying to take it main stream and this year I decided I might participate in my local Co-Op store just to test the water. I love this design of the pillow... Very nice work :).

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    1. Thank you so much- I really liked the design, too. Sewdaily.com has some good ideas. Congratulations on participating in your local Co-Op store- I would love to hear how it goes!

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  3. I can't sew at all, I can't even mend well. So I am always impressed when someone makes something as gorgeous as this pillow. Nicely done!!

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    1. Tara, thank you! I don't mend much of anything...it's not "fun" like a project is! Your comment reminded me of something that happened a couple of weeks ago. I was taking off my coat, and my sister noticed that one of the buttons holding the hood on was missing...and that part of the hood was being held on by a giant safety pin. :) She was shocked and said, "You took Home Ec- you know how to sew on a button!" I guess knowing how and wanting to bother with it are two different things! :D

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  4. Pinned from the Pin It Party. Great fabric choice too.

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  5. The pillow is lovely Joy…the simplicity of it is inviting to sew. I would love to start sewing again! Now I am headed over to sewdaily.com!

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    1. Kay, thank you! I don’t have the time or patience for a sewing project that takes days....so quick projects like this are perfect for me. Every time I sew I think, “Why don’t I do this more often? :) Happy Friday!

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  6. We just bought our 12 year old a sewing machine for Christmas. I've been looking around for cute beginner patterns for her. I bet she could do this one! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. I'm so glad kids are still learning to sew! My precious, elderly next-door neighbor taught me to sew on her old pedal Singer when I was 6 years old. I was confused later when I couldn't find the pedal on my mom's electric machine! :) I hope your daughter loves it and finds lots of cute projects to try! ♥

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  7. Joy, I like this! A great project and a good tutorial, too. I hope your weekend is winding up wonderfully!

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    1. Lynn, thank you so much. It was really fun to do something kind of different for a change! :)

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  8. That looks so neat! I do sew, but I mostly do cross-stitch. I could attach the elephant well enough, but I don't hold much hope for adding a zipper!

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    1. Elizabeth, I will admit that installing a zipper is the least fun part of this project for me. I often use pillow closures that do not involve any zippers! ;)

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  9. I love elephants, so I had to check this out--very cute! Have a wonderful weekend! Dee :)

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  10. So cute! I love elephants and this would fit perfectly in my living room theme. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly, and thanks for coming by! :)

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  11. Yes, I do sew Joy, and I have to say this pillow is tempting me to get to it! Zippers do seem to be intimidating for many, including me, although I recently learned an easy (relatively) way to do them. But given the choice, I would much rather use another type of closure.

    I saw your comment about your neighbor teaching you how to sew and her old machine. My grandmother first introduced me to sewing, and I actually have her machine which I think is from the 30's. There is a picture of it on my sidebar.

    Thank you for joining our blog hop! We are happy to have you!

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    1. Doreen, you know I am interested in knowing about your zipper technique!! :) I usually make pillows with envelope closings in the back-is that what they call the fold over enclosure like you see on pillow shams? Anyway, those do go much faster, but I have been doing some with zippers recently. I went back over to your blog and read the sweet story about your precious Grandmother and her sewing machine- such a beautiful tribute! ♥

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  12. My sewing machine is sulking in the attic - several years. YIKES! Love this pillow and when I first saw it, I thought you had embroidered the eye. The fabric pattern fits the style of the elephant.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Donna! Isn’t it funny how we go back and forth on hobbies- stay away for awhile, and then come back to it. I think I lucked out finding that fabric...no way could I embroider like that! :D

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  13. This is so pretty! It caught my eye right away on the Dare to Share party. My daughter has collected anything elephant since she has been a little girl so I am always on the look out for elephant stuff.

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    1. Teri, how fun- now I want to collect elephants, too! :) Thank you so much for coming by!

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  14. Joy that is so nice! Love the fabric and the elephants! I used to sew all the time but somehow lost the urge. One of LAST year's resolution was to get my machine out and do something -- anything! Didn't make it so moved it to this year. I am pleased to announce I got it out and actually mended 2 shirts for Grampy! It's a start!!!!!

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    1. It’s a great start, Kc! Does Amara sew, or is she mainly interested in cooking? I know she’s really good at that!

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    2. Hi Joy! Amara DOES sew -- and often sews with her other Grandma -- which works out well as her other Grandma isn't big on cooking. We share her very well -- but anyway! Amara got her own sewing machine about a year ago and loves it! Uses it! She really is very well rounded!

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  15. Joy, thank you for stopping by All Natural Katie. I love your blog! Lots of great resources like this one. I have done a little bit of sewing and feel confident, from your tutorial, to take on this project.

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    1. Thank you so much, Katie! I am very glad to have met you- I look forward to visiting your blog again very soon. :)

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  16. I'll tell you what...you found the perfect fabric for this ! At first glance it looks as if you embellished it all with tiny beads or something! It is awesome!! :)

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    1. I really lucked out with that fabric, Deb! It did most of the work for me! ;)

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  17. Very beautifully done! I especially like your choice of fabric, and how not only does the eye "line up" in the right place, but the way the swirls define the shape of the body. I know you'll enjoy looking at this for many years to come!

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  18. I love this pillow! I love the fabric you used for the elephant. My mom and I bought collect elephants, so I'll definitely have to make one of these pillows. #pinning

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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    1. T'onna, thank you so much for coming by and for pinning! I'm so happy to find your party, too- thanks! :)

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    2. Hello again! I just wanted to let you know than I'm featuring your fabulous pillow at this week's Submarine Sunday Link Party!!!

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  19. I love this Joy! Thank you for sharing. I linked over from Facebook. I have a daughter who loves elephants and I'm thinking if I also added some beading or sequins - it could have an Indian flare to it.

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    1. Wouldn’t that be fun? I love the idea....maybe I can experiment with it soon! :) Thank you for coming over from Facebook today!

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  20. I Love it!!! looks beautiful, I especially like the material you used for the elephant. Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday Link Party

    Natasha @ Serenity You

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  21. Very Pretty!!

    I wish I had more time to sew but work seems to always get in the way of what i want to do...LOL!
    Thanks for linking up to Fluster's Creative Muster Party!! I am co hosting this week!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Awesome, Debbie- I bet that has been FUN! Thanks for coming by- I sure know what you mean about not having time to sew- I try to fit these shorter projects in here and there! ;)

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  22. Those are so cool Joy! I do not sew, in fact my daughter took the sewing machine with her when she moved out! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. :)

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  23. I absolutely love this...on top of the fact that I am enamored by elephants. I would love for you to share this great post at our WIW Linky Party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    Ivy & Elephants

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  24. Very cool! And you made it seem so easy! I want to make dozens now. Is that too many? Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  25. Elephant lovers would go crazy for this Joy. The fabric is wonderful! Really looks like the skin of an elephant. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  26. I have not been successful with sewing, in general, but pillows may be the answer for me. I love pillows and I think, I should be able to master making them. I am so glad you posted this.

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  27. A gorgeous pillow cover!!! The fabric you have used is just perfect, especially for making the eye.

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    1. Hi Joy, I've featured your pillow cover today...
      http://www.threadingmyway.com/2014/02/threading-your-way-features_24.html

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    2. Pam, thank you- I'm so happy you liked it! I really enjoyed making it. I will be over to see all of the features! :)

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  28. I love this pillow! My mother-in-law just returned back from a trip to India to visit my sis-in-law doing missionary work and she came back with a stack of lovely Indian fabric! Such a great return gift to make for her! Thanks for the inspiration!

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