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abeautifulmess.com · Dec 8, 2016

Round Felt Ball Pillow DIY

Pillows are one of my great home décor loves. They are fun to make, and just changing the pillows on a bed or couch can give you a whole new vibe without having to buy a whole new couch too. I’ve seen these round pillows with large balls/poms attached all the way around the edges on Pinterest and been like, “yeeessssss, need to make!” for a while now, so there’s no time like the present, right? Turns out, they were pretty easy to replicate, and I'll show you how I did it!

-fabric of your choice (If you choose velvet like I did, get a thicker upholstery velvet. It’s way easier to work with than a thin stretchy velvet.)
-wool felt balls (I used 28 4cm balls for one pillow in the light coral color.)
-brown craft paper
-sewing machine
-straight pins
-round pillow form or pillow stuffing

Measure the width of your round pillow form and add ½” to your measurement so you can have a ¼” seam allowance all the way around the edge. Make a paper template circle for your pillow from your craft paper. Trace your paper circle onto the backside of your fabric and cut it out. This is the front of your pillow.

For the two back halves, fold the paper circle in half and trace half the circle, and then extend the flat end side by 3” so it looks like the back side of a hockey rink. Trace another of the same shape and cut out your two shapes.

Fold up the long straight edges of each shape ½” and sew the fold in place.

Place your circle fabric right side up and then line up your two back halves on top so they overlap in the middle.

Sew all the way around the edge with a ¼” seam allowance. Turn the fabric right side out and add your pillow insert through the opening in the back. I chose to make my pillow “envelope style”, but you can also just cut two circles, face them together, sew it almost all the way around, turn right side out, stuff, and hand sew your opening shut. I like to make envelope style because you can remove the cover easily if needed and use a pillow form instead of stuffing by hand (I think you end up with a better shape that way).

Once your pillow cover is done, use straight pins to pin felt balls all the way around your pillow until the circle is complete. Use a complementary color thread to tack each ball in place and knot the thread before moving on to the next ball (that way if one happens to come loose, they won’t all come loose). I would attach a ball, knot it, and then pass the thread through to the next one inside of the pillowcase so I didn’t have to cut and re-knot the needle each time. Once all your balls are attached, your pillow is ready to display!

Agh, it’s SO cute! I love the combination of the pink balls with the pink fabric, and just having a slightly different color tint between the two gives it that cool monochromatic look. You could also do this on any other shape pillow really, but there’s something extra fun about the round shape that makes it feel a bit more unique to me. Super fun to look at and also fun to make—let’s just say I had a ball! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

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