I don’t know about you, but I kind of have a black thumb. Plants die if I just happen to walk by them. I love fresh flowers though, so I pick them up in the store as often as I can. I stick them in vintage bottles and vases around the house and pretend like I’m a gardener. Today’s pretty diy Mason Jar Flower Vase Pillow is in honor of all those bottles of fresh flowers I buy – but this will last a whole lot longer!
The pillow is appliqued with a sweet little vase of flowers and finished with some floral fabrics to show it off. If you haven’t done applique before, I promise you can do this! It’s so fun and it’s pretty quick to sew too!
I added a little bit of decorative embroidery to the flowers too – I think it kind of helps them stand out don’t you? I just love these fresh colors for Spring and Summer!
This pillow would make such a great gift too!
Mason Jar Flower Vase Pillow Tutorial
- White fabric for pillow front – 14″ x 14″
- Assorted scraps for flowers, leaves and a piece for mason jar
- Small amounts of fabric for strips on the sides – each needs to be 2″ x 16″
- Fabric for Backing – 16″ x 22″
- Embroidery stabilizer – 14″ x 14″
- Iron on fusible webbing
- coordinating embroidery floss
- disappearing ink marker
- 16″ x 16″ pillow form
- thread – white, two shades of green, and turquoise
- Mason Jar Vase Patterns and Layout
Start by deciding on your flower, leaf and mason jar fabrics. Iron your scraps to pieces of fusible webbing, then cut out all the pieces.
Center the mason jar on your piece of white fabric. Remove the paper backing and fuse the jar to the fabric. You want to make sure you leave plenty of room for the flowers.
Draw on your stem lines with a disappearing ink marker. Fuse the embroidery stabilizer or interfacing to the back of the white fabric.
With two different colors of green thread, sew straight lines up and down the stem lines. I used a darker green for the peach flowers and a lighter green for the yellow flowers.
Draw your mason jar lines in place with your marker. Stitch over these lines with your turquoise thread. I stitched over all the lines 3 times. Using a small zig zag stitch, sew around the outside of the mason jar. That’s all there is to applique – just a tiny little zig zag stitch!
Fuse your leaves in place and stitch around them with a zig zag stitch, using white thread. Sew all the light green leaves first, then the dark green, since those overlap just a bit.
Sew your flowers in place with the zig zag stitch. For the peach flowers, sew the larger shape on first, then the smaller shape over it.
The applique part is all done – so easy right?? Now onto the embroidery. Draw your embroidery details onto the flowers with your disappearing marking pen.
You can do any sort of embroidery, but here is what I did: For the white centers on the yellow flowers I used a satin stitch. For the black centers, I used a back stitch to stitch a spiral in the center of the flowers. I used a orangey color to stitch straight lines out from the black centers. The red dots are groups of three French Knots. If you need help with the embroidery stitches, click on my Embroidery Tips page!
To finish up the pillow top, cut two strips of fabric 2″ x 14″. Sew each stripe to the sides of the white fabric.
Cut two strips of floral fabric 2″ x 14″ and sew these to the fabric strips you just sewed on.
Cut two strips of floral fabric 2″ x 16″ and sew those to the top and bottom of the pillow cover.
To make the back, cut a piece of fabric 16″ x 10″ and one 16″ x 12″. On the 16″ x 10″ piece, hem the top edge by turning under the fabric twice and sewing. Cut a length of floral fabric 1 1/2″ x 16″. Fold this piece in half long ways and line up the raw edges with the bottom edge of the 16″ x 12″ piece. Sew in place with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the printed fabric down.
Lay the larger piece over the smaller back piece so that they form a 16″ square, then pin the sides in place.
Place the pillow front and back right sides together and sew around all four sides. Trim the corners off. Turn right side out and press – and that is your pillow cover!
Now you can pop in your 16″ pillow form and show off your new pillow. It would make such a great housewarming gift too!
Even the back is pretty!
I’d love to see it if you make one up!