Parasol Birdie Pillow

I have a sweet new Birdie pillow for you!

Isn’t he cute? I think all birdies at the beach need a parasol. It’s a must.

(The inspiration for this came from a pillow in the magazine, Fresh Home. I cannot find this pillow anywhere online though. So unfortunately I don’t have an inspiration photo for you. )

Would you like to make your own? Here is a supply list:

1 piece of transfer paper – with reversed image of bird and number printed on it
1 16″ x 16″ pillow form
1 linen square – 16″ x 16″
Fabric for back and beach ball – 1 16″ x 12″ rectangle, 1 16″ x 7″ rectangle, small scraps for beach ball, about 6″ x “6
Fabric for ruffle, edging on back, beach ball and parasol – 1 16″ x 3″ rectangle for back edging, 5″ x 96″ for ruffle (can be pieced if necessary), small scraps for beach ball and parasol, about 6″ x 6″
Wonder Under, or other fusible web
2 buttons
small piece of jute for button loop on back, 5” long
and thread

Let’s get started.

Cut out all your fabric pieces. Draw out the design for the beach ball and parasol for your patterns and cut these out of fabric as well.

Cut out your beach ball and parasol pieces out of fusible web, and iron the fabric onto the web. Remove the paper on the other side. Cut out your bird and number transfers, close to the ink.

Lay out all the pieces on the linen and iron everything on, your fabric pieces and your transfer.

At this point you can either “distress” your bird or leave him solid. Here is a trick I’ve found (by accident once) to distress a transfer. I have an old Teflon fabric ironing board cover that I use for this. I have tried it with regular fabric but it does not work. Once your bird is ironed on and you have removed the transfer paper backing, turn your piece over so the transfer is face down on the Teflon fabric. Iron the back of your piece down, not too long, but enough to get hot. Peel up the fabric and some of the transfer will stick to the Teflon. (This is why you want to use an old piece, not your regular ironing board cover.) You might practice this with a sample transfer to determine how long to leave the iron on the back of the fabric. After this step your birdie looks like this:

Draw on your parasol handle with a fabric marking pen (that has disappearing or removable ink).

The next step is to sew all the fabric pieces down. I used a straight stitch for the parasol handle (about 6 lines back and forth) and a satin stitch around the beach ball and parasol, with a contrasting black thread.

Mark and sew on the button at the top of the parasol.

To prepare the ruffle, sew together any piecing you need to do to make 96″. Fold your rectangle with the long sides wrong sides together. Hem the two ends of the rectangle. Sew a ruffle stitch down the raw end, or use a basting stitch and pull up the threads so that the ruffle is size of the pillow top. Pin then sew the ruffle on to the top, with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

For the back panels, hem the smaller rectangle along the top 16″ side. On the larger rectangle, for the edging piece, fold the small piece of contrast edging wrong sides together, and pin to the bottom end of the larger panel. Place the jute loop between these two pieces. Sew them together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn and press the edging piece down, with top panel overlapping that piece by about 1/2″. Top-stitch the bottom panel just above the edging, sewing over the jute loop to reinforce it.

Place the two panel pieces together, with the top overlapping the bottom, to make a 16″ square. Baste the two sides together.

Pin the back panels to the front panel, right sides together, making sure the ruffle is facing in. Sew around all four sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn right side out and make sure the ruffle isn’t caught in the seam anywhere. If everything is fine, turn wrong side out and clip the corners of the pillow. Turn right side out again and press the edges.

Insert pillow cover and mark where to sew button on the back lower panel. Sew on button and place loop of jute around it to hold it on.

Turn it over and admire your sweet birdie with a parasol.

The back. :)

I hope you like it!

Here is the pattern for the Parasol, Birdie and Beachball. Click here to download it! Download: Parasol_Birdie_Pillow_Pattern


  • Reply August 20, 2010

    Jennie Larsen

    YOUR BIRDIE PILLOW THAT IS PRECIOUS has been featured at thanks so much for linking, Jen

  • Reply August 21, 2010

    Larri at Seams Inspired

    How cute! I can’t wait to try this. Stopping over from Saturday Standstill. Happy Sewing! :o)

  • Reply August 24, 2010


    This is darling! would you come link it up to our linky party fabric tuesday’s? (and any future fabric projects you may have?)


  • Reply August 24, 2010

    Veronica Arteira

    Your pillou is so beautiful!

  • Reply August 11, 2011


    I just found your website! The pillow is beautiful. Thank you so much!

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