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anthro-inspired pillow plus FREE template!

April 17, 2012

anthropologie inspired pillow

A couple weeks ago I told you about my works in progress and posted this pillow from anthropologie:

orimono pillow anthropologie

via anthropologie

Welp, I made my own version and I am in love with it! Seriously. I look at it and it just makes me smile. I think its just so cheery and bright and springy. Aren’t you smiling now just looking at the picture? You should be! No? Scroll back up and look at it again…

…there we go, you’re smiling now, right?

Anyway, like most things I tackle, this pillow was quite the process. Not quite as involved as my felted loops pillow (both part I and part II), but still, there was a bit of a learning curve. But lucky for you I’m giving you the template I used to save you the time and headaches I went through and you’ll be able to make your own make-me-smile pillow without all the hassle!

But before we get to the freebie, let me tell you a little about the pillow.

The process is actually quite simple, and unlike the anthro pillow I simplified the pieces so there’s only 16 different pieces (most are repeated once) and they are bigger so there isn’t as much to sew.

Cut out all the pieces out of whatever kind of fabric you have and lay it out per the template onto your base fabric. This is a great way to use up some scraps that are really too small to make anything substantial with but you just couldn’t part with them.

Once you have all the pieces laid out on the fabric, you can just use a regular glue stick to tack all the pieces down so you don’t have to deal with all the pins.


Once I had it all lightly glued down, I just went for it and started zig zagging over the pieces. Not the best idea. The fabric started puckering and it wasn’t looking so hot. Solution: Top stitch over all the pieces first. This may seem redundant and monotonous, but it really doesnt take that long and it is sooo worth it.

anthropologie pillow diy

 Once its all top stitched start satin stitching over the straight stitching.  This is where all the magic happens.  Smiles will start appearing mid satin stitching… you won’t know what came over you.

btw: Satin stitching is just adjusting your zig zag stitching super close together. I practiced with different combinations of widths and zig zag closeness on a scrap before going at it on the pillow.

anthropologie pillow diy

You can see the puckering at the bottom of the pillow. That’s where I started zig zagging without any top stitching. I’m telling you, don’t do it!

(It’s going to sound like a bit of a cop out for my next step to be, “finish the pillow like any other pillow”, but, I’m going to do it.)

Once you have the flower all sewn on, finish the pillow like any other pillow!

pillow back

I used just a simple green fabric for the back. I used the same fabric on one of the petals on the front for some consistency. The piping was in a more contrasting fabric. I originally thought I would write a “how to make piping” post last week when I was working on this, but, turns out, I’m not that good at it yet. I can’t very well give you guys a how-to on that when I’m barely getting by on it! Give me a little more time and a few more piped pillows and then I’ll be an ace and share my new skills with you.

Alright, time for the free template! I hope you all make something awesome with it! I’m so excited to be sort of giving away something for the first time on my blog and to share this happy pillow with you, but please remember to give credit where credit is due. If you use the template and post it on your own site or somewhere else please credit me and link back to my site. 1) because its respectful and 2) because I want to see what you did!

Click on the link to download! Printable_OrimonoPillow_StuffStephDoes  enjoy!

note: this is not a full blown pattern for making a pillow, it is only the template for the flower design.

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  • Reply Buttons and Beeswax April 17, 2012 at 11:07 am

    It amazes me these projects that you post – I know I would never have the patience to see them through to the end, especially the felted loops pillow! I have nominated you for a blogging award – if you will accept it! You can see the details here 🙂

    • Reply steph April 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much! I am honored! Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Lo April 18, 2012 at 5:39 am

    What a very nice way of showing and explaining how to do the pillow. Thank you for sharing.
    Found it on craftgawker.

    • Reply steph April 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

      Thank you very much, Lo! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Sue Cohen April 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Beautiful pillow, and such great ideas! Thanks for sharing, Steph.

    • Reply steph April 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Thanks, Sue!

  • Reply em April 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Stephie, I am in constant awe of your blog. You are so…inspiring! Piping sucks. big time. It frustrates me to no end…even after all these years when I see mom flipping fabric around pipe at warp speeds (on a commercial machine nonetheless!!) while chatting away like she’s sitting on the porch with a glass of sangria….piping sucks. I hope you got the gift of piping…because I clearly did not! Love you, and LOVE your blog.

    • Reply steph April 23, 2012 at 7:03 am

      What a great comment to wake up to! Thanks em! Your piping woes make me feel better better too 🙂 love you too sis!

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  • Reply Siboney Norton May 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I can’t wait to try this out it’s beautiful!

  • Reply bushmanfam May 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Just want to say thinks for your great pillow idea. I am crazy and made two!!

  • Reply bushmanfam May 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Just wanted to tell you thanks for such a great project. I am going to make two. One is almost finshed and the other one is still in peices. And I cheated. I used store bought piping. 🙂
    Here’s a picture of the 1st pillow I made. I will post a picture of #2.

    • Reply steph May 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      oh my gosh! How awesome! So glad you used the template and thanks so much for showing me! I love it!

  • Reply notesonawire May 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    ohmigosh–yours looks better than the original!! This is seriously amazing. As soon as my sewing machine is working again, I’m trying this! Thanks for the template 🙂

    • Reply steph May 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

      haha thank you! and you’re welcome! have fun with the project!

  • Reply kellie@foodtoglow May 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I love anthro and I LOVE this pillow! Personally I don’t have the patience for such fine work (nor the requisite eyesight) but I do appreciate beautiful craftwork such as this. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. I got mine in January and have been on a high ever since. Enjoy the limelight!

  • Reply laspiedrasdecolores May 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Me encanta !

  • Reply yogibrew May 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve just decided to take on applique and cutwork, myself! So glad to happen upon a tutorial using satin stitch before I get too crazy.

  • Reply monikainamerica May 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    love this!
    thanks for sharing!!!

  • Reply ddmorris514 May 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

    im new to blogging and wordpress and just came upon your blog! i love it! i reposted your garden coffee cans -so cute, and now this beautiful pillow. im going to use old baby clothes for the flower! thnak-you so much!It is really kind of you! Sincerely,

    • Reply steph May 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you, Denise! That’s a great idea for the pillow! Can’t wait to see it!

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  • Reply Kris May 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    My cousin sent me this link and I am making her 2 pillows for her porch. thanks so much for the tutorial and pattern!! i am going to use some wonderunder to place the petals it will probably look a little more stiff than yours but i am lazy 🙂

    • Reply steph May 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m sure the pillows will turn out great!

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  • Reply Kim August 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hey Steph! Thanks for the great tutorial. I loved it so much I went to the store the next day and bought everything to make my own. Here’s a photo of my finished product! Love your blog! Thanks for sharing.


    • Reply steph August 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      That looks great, Kim!! Thanks so much for sharing it with me!

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  • Reply Shelly January 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I found your pattern on Pinterest and used it to make pillows for my new kitchen bench seat. The best part – they will be featured on national television! 🙂 My kitchen remodel was chosen for DIY Network’s “I Hate My Kitchen” and will air on February 5th at 9:00pm CST. I wanted to let you know and also will provide you with pictures after the show airs. Thanks again for the AMAZING pattern and keep designing – you talent amazes me!

    • Reply steph January 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Oh my gosh Shelly that is AH-MAZ-ING!! Congrats to you for having your kitchen featured on TV!! I can’t wait to see it! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Kathryn February 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    This is gorgeous! What a modern way to use quilting for some home decor upgrades. Would love to share it with the quilters on our site (FaveQuilts).

    • Reply steph February 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you, Kathryn! You are welcome to share my project with your community, just please link back to this post for the template. I would love to see if anyone makes the pillow or something else with the template!

  • Reply Cindi Nelson March 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I make seasonal pillow covers for my home and hadn’t settled on a spring one yet…until now! Just printed it out and can’t wait to start.

    • Reply steph March 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Thank YOU Cindi! Have fun making your pillows, I would love to see a photo after you make them!

  • Reply Skooks August 25, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Hi Steph! Thanks for sending your template out into the world. I blew it up 150% and used it to recover a floor pillow in my living room. I LOVE how it turned out. 🙂 I blogged about it here:

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  • Reply Cathy November 13, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Thank you for the pattern I made one for a thank you gift I made my own piping to go around the pillow here is the picture.

    • Reply steph November 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      This is great Cathy! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Jackie Gandy March 10, 2015 at 4:15 am

    my daughter and i are making this pillow. we just started it about 9 pm and now we in the satin stitch phase. thank you for sharing this great idea. My daughter is learning the basics begin sewing.

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