Shape Up: How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

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How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

It’s no secret that velvet is having a major moment right now in home decor. So, after some (brief) hesitation, I’ve officially jumped into the velvet deep end with today’s DIY for velvet color blocked geo pillows in partnership with Fiskars. Who just so happens to be one of my favorite scissor brands.

I’ve been wanting some bright new pillows anyway – just something to break up the neutral-ness of the couch a bit, that I can change out whenever I get bored. And these velvet color blocked cushions are definitely doing the trick! But if you’re not a velvet fan, you can switch it out for a different fabric just as easily.

Bonus! They’re a fun way to incorporate that lush feeling of the holidays in a more subtle way, with holiday-inspired colors (reds, pinks, greens, etc) that will still look great after the holidays are over.

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

We made three shapes in all, but I’m especially partial to the half circle, which I’ve been calling my baby croissant because I think it looks like a pastry, with the three sections. Naturally. Click through for the tutorial!

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own velvet pillows at home…

Materials + tools

Quick notes… When color blocking your pillows, a half yard would be the total amount. So, with 2 colors you’d have a quarter yard of each color, etc.

Also, I’m recommending Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors, specifically, because they’re great for both paper and fabric, which you’ll need for this project. I’d recommend them even if they weren’t a sponsor. We have several pairs in the studio for all of our craft projects. They are lightweight with a handle ergonomically designed to fit your hand to make cutting even more seamless and, on top of all that, they stay sharp for a really long time. Which, when you craft as much as I do, is a pretty important thing. 🙂

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

Instructions

Create a template using a large piece of paper or poster board. If you want to create a half circle shape, like mine, start by determining the base length (bottom of pillow) and then using two pencils and string (as shown in the photo) to create a half circle shape that will be even on both sides.

Cut out the template and then trace and cut a second template that matched the first, for the back of the pillow. I added an extra inch to the bottom of the back pillow template, just to be on the safe side, in case you want to do that as well. Now, cut the first template into three ‘slices’, as shown.

Trace the templates onto the wrong side of your velvet fabric and cut out, each shape individually. That should give you 4 pieces of fabric – one for the back of the pillow and three pieces for the front.

Next, take your three pieces for the front of the pillow, arrange them as they will look when sewn together, with right sides facing up.

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

Then, starting with the piece of fabric on the right, flip it over on top of the middle piece and pin them together on the right edge. Next, with the left piece of fabric, flip it over on top of the middle piece as well and pin those 2 pieces together on the left edge.

Then, sew a straight line down both edges that are pinned, being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each edge. Remove pins and you’ll have the front of your pillow.

Now, you’re ready to add the back. Pin the two pieces together, right sides facing in (wrong side facing up). Then sew all the way around, minus a wrist width gap so you can turn it inside out and add filling later, again backstitch at the beginning and end.

Turn inside out and iron (on low heat setting) with a towel protecting the velvet surface from direct heat. Add filling to stuff the pillow to your liking, using a wooden dowel to poke the corners with filling as necessary. Hand stitch the opening closed and you’re done.

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

I love these pillows for fall and winter, but I’m becoming increasingly convinced that these go beyond a one-hit winter wonder. If done right, meaning you pick colors that will work year round, you can make these guys all year long.

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

How to Make Velvet, Geometric Color Blocked Pillows

Photography Amelia Tatnall Lawrence and Brittni Mehlhoff
Sewing Liz Scoper
Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

What do you think? Are you a velvet lover?

For more information on Fiskars crafting products, including their awesome Orange-handled Scissors (which will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary next year – yay!), check out their website or follow Fiskars on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest!

This post is in partnership with Fiskars. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

17 comments | Click here to reply

They look so cozy, and I love the colour combination!
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Michelle | December 8th, 2016 at 9:23 am

Thanks Michelle. Color combos are definitely one of my fave things to put together. 🙂

Brittni | December 8th, 2016 at 9:27 am

Oh! These are so so cute!!!!
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Tori//Gringalicious.com | December 8th, 2016 at 9:28 am

Thanks Tori. 🙂

Brittni | December 8th, 2016 at 10:00 am

Oh my! These are so adorable! I love the “croissant” pillow especially with the color-blocking. While I’m not a huge fan of velvet (that could change!), I LOVE the way these pillows turned out. I may have to make some new ones of my own. 😀

Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
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Megan @ Adventure & Home | December 8th, 2016 at 10:01 am

Haha. Thanks Megan. And you never know on the velvet front…you might just change your mind. 🙂 But if not, you can always switch the fabric out for something else.

Brittni | December 8th, 2016 at 10:14 am

These are beautiful. Last time I did a pillow I had just learned how to do an invisible stitch – it is easy and it makes closing the gap where you stuffed, well, pretty much invisible! Game-changer!

Natalie | December 8th, 2016 at 10:40 am

Agreed Natalie. A game-changer for sure. 🙂

Brittni | December 8th, 2016 at 10:45 am

Wow! These look really good and seem so soft x
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Jessica | December 8th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

these are so cute.. love the half circle the most!
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Hena Tayeb | December 8th, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Perfect colour blocking and the colours you chose!!
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Corina Nika | December 9th, 2016 at 3:42 am

Jessica, Hena, and Corina – Thanks so much you three. 🙂

Brittni | December 9th, 2016 at 10:44 am

These are so, so gorgeous and I love the colors you used <3
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laurel stavros | December 9th, 2016 at 11:09 am

Thanks Laurel!

Brittni | December 9th, 2016 at 11:10 am

Where do I find the templates for the pillows?

Marilyn Vincent | December 16th, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Hi Marilyn. I explain how you can make your own template in the first couple of steps of the instructions. Hope that helps.

Brittni | December 16th, 2016 at 5:08 pm

What great pillows! Time for a nap!

Alison Palmer | August 23rd, 2017 at 8:17 am
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