Brighten up any room in your house with these giant strawberry throw pillows.
- TIP: Fluff and mold the berry until it's even and full.
- Step 1: Fold the green duck fabric in half and trace a stem and leaves for the strawberry's cap, with the top of the stem at the fold. Then sew the sides together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom open. Turn the piece inside out so that the seam is inside.
- Step 2: Stuff the stem tightly and allow some of the stuffing to spill out of the opening to help the stem stand up when it's attached. Then pin the stem and leaves to the top of the strawberry, covering the gathered ends on top of the berry, and sew the pieces together. Make a few more strawberry pillows using different colors for a fun decorative accent.
- FACT: Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
- Step 3: Add stuffing to the berry until it's very tight and full. Then gather the two long opposite corners and use the embroidery floss to stitch them together in the middle of the opening. Gather the opposite sides and stitch them to the middle gathering. Continue gathering and sewing opposite sides until the top is completely closed.
- Step 4: Make two perpendicular marks, one 1 inch from the top and one 1 inch from the bottom of the 4-inch seam. Sew along the marks and trim off the corners. Then turn the fabric right side out and press out any creases in the bottom.
- TIP: You can use ordinary bar soap if you don't have a chalk marker.
- Step 5: Turn the triangle inside out so that the reverse side of the fabric shows and then sew one of the open sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving the triangle with one open side. Then open up the triangle and fold it so that the seam is centered along the top.
- Step 6: Mark a 4-inch long line perpendicular to the seam at the bottom of the new, kite-shaped piece of material. Sew along the line and then trim off the bottom corner. Fold the shape back to the original equilateral triangle with the side seam on one side and the fold at the other, with the opening on top. Open the bottom corner and flatten it into a diamond shape with the 4-inch seam vertical.
- Step 7: Fold and press the dotted fabric in half, selvage to selvage, and mark a 2-foot length along the folded edge with the chalk marker. Using a protractor and ruler, mark a 60-degree line inward from the corners to make an equilateral triangle with 24-inch sides and 60-degree angles. Cut out the triangle, leaving the fold.