Personalized Birdie Pillow

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1 Birdie Charm Pack
1/2 yard white fabric OR use a white twin sheet (great way to get a lot of fabric!)
Heat and Bond Light
Warm and Natural Batting
1 button for eye
1 12×16 pillow form

Pink Ric- Rack
Grosgrain Ribbon Ruffle Trim

Okay to begin you will need 1 Birdie Charm pack (shown here are a charm pack and a layer cake, but you just need a charm pack).

The finished pillow size will be 12×16.

Cut 1 piece of white fabric to 6.75×10.75.

Since this is a pillow to be used on a bed I just used a white sheet. It’s a great way to get a lot of fabric for cheap!

Next on your computer print out the name you like in a good bulky font. (I used Font Diner Loungy). In your word processing program set the type to outline and print backwards.

Print the name. I like to use a light box to trace it but you can also just use a bright window.
Trace the name onto paper side of Heat and Bond.

Next pick the fabric pieces that you would like the letters on.

Iron the letters onto the WRONG side of the fabric. Cut out letters.

Arrange cut letters on white fabric piece. Iron on.

From the charm squares cut 42 strips 1.5 ” x 3″.

Sew (using a 1/4″ seam) 2 sets of 6 strips together.

Sew them to the sides of the center panel.

Sew 2 sets of 15 strips together,
Sew to top and bottom of center panel.

Using your favorite applique stitch, stitch around the letters. I just used a straight stitch.

Next you will need to quilt your pillow. You can do this to your liking. I used 1 layer of warm and natural and a piece of scrap fabric for the back (since it will not show).

I used a walking foot and did a decorative stitch in each seam. Then quilted wavy lines down the center panel.

Next. Using thread the same color as your ric rac, sew ric rac around edge of the center panel.
Set aside.

To make bird embellishment:

Trace a shape of a bird onto a piece of Heat and Bond. I used a piece of chipboard that I had in my scrapbooking stash. Trace the wing also.

Trim around Heat and Bond and iron onto wrong side of fabric.

Cut out bird.
Iron onto a piece of warm and natural.
Iron wing on.
Cut bird out.

Cut a 2nd piece of Heat and Bond. Iron onto warm and natural side of the bird.

Iron bird onto wrong side of a 2nd piece of fabric. The bird is double sided because you can see the back of it when sewed on the pillow.

(you are pretty much making a warm and natural sandwich… with a piece of fabric on each side)
Stitch around the edge of the bird, as close to the edge as you can.
Cut out bird. Sew on eye.

Pin Bird onto completed pillow top. Stitch though all layers (bird and pillow top) of the bird ONLY on the wing. Stitch around it 3 times to give it a nice dimensional touch.

Sew trim to edges of pillow. Attach back of pillow (also used a sheet) insert pillow form and stitch opening closed.

You will need approximately 20 charm squares for the pillow (depending on how you do your name) so you should be able to get 2 pillows out of one charm pack.

27 comments on “Personalized Birdie Pillow

  1. this is SO stinkin' adorable.

  2. Charity says:

    I love it, I am going to have to try this one out!!

  3. alice232 says:

    I love this!!! Will have to make one someday. That birdie fabric is super cute!

  4. jaybird says:

    i love it.. i'll have to make a “jaybird” one.. just too fitting!!

  5. jabeybaby says:

    This pillow is so cute!!

  6. Rose says:

    I love that material, the pillow is adorable!!

  7. Heather says:

    Very cute – I'll have to try this for my little girls rooms.

  8. Molly says:

    Oh my, I've got to make this asap! Sooooo cute!

  9. Karen says:

    this is so cute!! i love birds and this is a really great idea … can't wait to have time to make one soon… karen ca

  10. Ariel says:

    I love this pillow… so swett…

  11. Very very cute. And anything with a ruffley edge really gets me!

  12. So cute!! I love this one!

  13. Lee says:

    Where can I buy ruffled ribbon trim? Thx!

  14. Jodieth says:

    Thank you so much for this. I make name pillows but nothing this cute. The ones I have made are for boys. I have two grandsons and a friend with baby boys.

    This is absolutely adorable. My daughter babysits for a little girl that turns one on the 17th. I wonder if I could get one made by then!!! I am working on so much.

  15. jen duncan says:

    This is very sweet. Great ruffle and love the fabrics.

  16. Beautiful pillow! Thank you for sharing! I am going to bookmark to try in summer!

  17. Stacy Jacob says:

    I have never quilted anything, but I love this pillow! What are charm packs and where can I find one?

  18. Melvin says:

    These pillows are Awesome….
    I love it…

    Thanks for sharing…
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  19. I love this pillow, but when I tried to find tghis charm pack I couldn't find it in any of my local fabric stores, can this Birdy charm packet be bought on line?

  20. jamie says:

    hooray! i love it! i have a question about the ruffled ribbon trim too. is that just a wide ribbon, bunched up? do you remember how much you used?

    thanks, and thank you so much for sharing this loverly pillow!

  21. irene says:

    i love the personalized birdie pillow, where might i obtain the alphabet letters pattern?

  22. I am making this pillow now, it is so cute. I suggest an edit though, you say to cut 36 strips to border the white center, but then you call for 2 sets of 15 (30) and 2 sets of 6 (12), so you really need to cut 42 strips. Otherwise, it is coming together easily!

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