once upon a time…

by Nova on December 3, 2011

… not so long ago (just last year in fact) I made a pillow for a swap.

I really loved making that pillow & it received a bit of flickr love too (thank you! x). I also had a few requests via email asking if I made them to sell or if I would possibly write up the instructions on how I made it. I’m not really a seller of crafty wares but instructions I can do!

… so I redrafted & fiddled with it a bit, made a new version as well,  & then sat on it for a while. procrastinating. you know how it goes… ;)

… fast fwd past a few nudges and prods from some mates & I finally pulled my finger out & got my act together with it all!

… awesome proof readers dotted i’s, crossed t’s & de-waffled my witterings a bit (thanks mum! thanks Kellie! xxx)

… some pretty fabulous pattern testers very  kindly helped & I have been receiving feedback & images from them these past few days –  it is so exciting to see their versions! (Huge thanks to Kerry, Kelly, Amber & Kirsten. You girls totally rock and I was so flattered you agreed to help me out xxx THANK YOU!)

… final adjustments have been made…

… &  now, at last, I’m  ready to launch my first pattern! eek!

I hope you like it!

Say hello to Petal Pocket & Pillow pocket!

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These pillows have a hidden,quilted & lined pocket in their centres; perfect for holding a storybook, teddy, secret notes & more…

This pattern makes for a great scrappy project. The ‘petals’ & ‘wedges’ can also be cut from 5” charm squares.

It’s an ideal project to make with quilting weight cottons but why stop there?! Play around with textures to add to the interactive nature of this little cushion & use linens or blends, corduroys,double gauze, home dec & voiles.

Have fun with fussy cutting or a theme & let the petals tell a story :)

This downloadable PDF pattern includes ::

  • Step by step instructions with colour photos & full size, print at home templates to make both the pillow designs shown here.
  • Tips included throughout with suggestions to help you put your own stamp on it with personal details, hand stitches or machine quilting.
  • The petals, wedges & pocket centre can be attached to the main pillow by hand or machine, whichever you prefer, details are provided for both & there is no need to fear those curvy petals, a handy template is included with sewing guidelines :)
  • Finishing details, including envelope closure & binding are all in there too.

Finished pillow size: 20” x 20”

Skill level : intermediate or an enthusiastic beginner! Some knowledge of machine piecing and quilting is required.

This is a 39 page PDF pattern which includes step by step instructions with colour photos & full size print-at-home templates.

Purchase of this pattern also gives the purchaser permission to sell items made using this pattern on a small, home based scale.  Credit must be given – full details of license to sell are included in the pattern.

Payment is via PayPal only, If you don’t have a  PayPal account don’t worry,  you can pay with credit and debit cards via PayPal.

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Please note ::

  • This pattern is a PDF file instant download. PDF files require Adobe Reader (a free download from here) to be installed on your computer.
  • The PDF pattern will be automatically delivered via e-mail (to the email address in your PayPal profile)   as soon as your payment is received.
  • The e-mail you receive will include a link to download the file directly to your computer.
  • A pop up screen with the download link will also appear after you complete the transaction.
  • The download link will expire after 3 attempts. Do not  repeatedly access the pattern (for instance on your phone) without first downloading and saving it on your own computer.
  • Please download & save the pattern to your computer for future use asap.
  • If you choose paypal’s e-check option, the instant download will take 5-7 days for the e-check to clear and for the instant download link to be sent.
  • Lost files may be replaced for a period of 30 days following purchase.
  • Sorry, I cannot offer refunds on downloadable patterns.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Georgia December 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Ooh you are a clever chicken! (have shopped already!!!)


Vicky December 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Congratulations and well done, looks like lots of hard work has gone into this. Looking forward to more new patterns from you.


Pam December 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!!! I’m hopefully going to make these for Christmas presents. Have just purchased…


nicke December 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

oh nova! i love them so much! i need that pattern! i will be shopping soon!


Tanya December 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Congratulations Nova! What an exciting year for you :-). The cushions are so cute! I will be trying this pattern very soon. X


Fran December 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

What an inspired idea! Just off to calculate in English pounds… Well done on a beautiful pattern.


kerry December 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I can vouch for the pattern- a pleasure to make!


Leila December 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Such a cute pillow! Congratulations!!


Siobhan December 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Extra cute! & great idea


Katy December 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

What a cute idea, I’m sure little people the world over would love one of these :o)


Ashley December 4, 2011 at 12:42 am

How absolutely fabulous Nova!! I used to have a pillow with a hidden inside pocket when I was little. This totally reminds me of that and makes me smile! Might have to think about making one for Max when he’s a little older…


Krista - Poppyprint December 4, 2011 at 4:11 am

Congratulations on your first pattern, Nova – it’s wonderful!!


Tezzie December 4, 2011 at 4:24 am

These are fab Nova, I’ve just downloaded them although I’ll have to wait till after xmas to make them.


ina December 4, 2011 at 5:04 am

Adorable!! That would make the best xmas gift for a child. ;0


Franziska December 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Congratulations to your first pattern. It looks really nice. Would be something for my little one.


leanne December 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

omg – gorgeous pillows Nova and congratulations on the pattern :)


shannon December 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

awesome – just purchased! [perfect thing to make for that bratty niece!!)


chris December 30, 2011 at 4:09 am

These are so darling!


kristi December 30, 2011 at 4:52 am

When I try to open the file on my computer, none of the programs will support it. I can see it in my downloads but nothing will open it. Help please.


Nova December 31, 2011 at 4:20 am

Hi Kristi – so sorry you have had a problem opening the pattern file. I have emailed you, please let me know if that has worked, thanks so much!


Jo December 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm

This is great! As usual I am a little late on the bandwagon, but better late than never! Your pillow pattern is so fun and unique, ya got’a love it!


abi January 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

awesome. just bought your super cute pattern. GREAT idea!


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