Peony Pillows

Tiny Peony pillows made from fabric scraps.

For the past month or so, I’ve been trying to find new ways to use up all the old fabric scraps I have before I go and buy new fabric for more projects. I have only a finite amount of room to store fabric and I’ve been at maximum capacity for, oh, more than a year.

In my naturally-obsessive hunt-and-peck fashion, I found this tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew for these petal pillows. I prefer a more rustic, unfinished look, so I did not sew the edges, which will eventually fall completely apart.

For the one on the left, I used expired sample fabric that my brother sent me (he owns a “lifestyle store” in California and always has leftover sample fabrics). The flower is made from sample fabric swatches for interior designers or something, that I got at a recycling place. The one on the right is made from a remnant of a burlap coffee bean bag and the petals are made from the sample fabric from my brother in three analogous reds / pinks.

In any case, they’re very quick to make. I ended up liking the blanket stitch around the coffee bag pillow, so I hope to be using that more on new ones. Pillows are really a perfect way to use up fabric because you just can’t have too many, especially small ones.

Justin had a suggestion to try making a little pillow quilt, which I might try next with all the tiny scraps. We’ll see how that pans out, but for now, I’m really happy with these little fellas.