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anthro-inspired pillow plus FREE template!

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.

40 Responses to anthro-inspired pillow plus FREE template!

  • Buttons and Beeswax
    April 17, 2012

    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 :)

    • steph
      April 17, 2012

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

  • Lo
    April 18, 2012

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

    • steph
      April 18, 2012

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

  • Sue Cohen
    April 21, 2012

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

  • em
    April 23, 2012

    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.

    • steph
      April 23, 2012

      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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  • Siboney Norton
    May 1, 2012

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

  • bushmanfam
    May 7, 2012

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

  • bushmanfam
    May 7, 2012

    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.

    • steph
      May 7, 2012

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

  • notesonawire
    May 11, 2012

    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 :)

    • steph
      May 12, 2012

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

  • kellie@foodtoglow
    May 12, 2012

    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!

  • laspiedrasdecolores
    May 12, 2012

    Me encanta !

  • yogibrew
    May 13, 2012

    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.

  • monikainamerica
    May 14, 2012

    love this!
    thanks for sharing!!!

  • ddmorris514
    May 15, 2012

    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,

    • steph
      May 15, 2012

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

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  • Kris
    May 18, 2012

    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 :)

    • steph
      May 18, 2012

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

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  • Kim
    August 29, 2012

    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.


    • steph
      August 29, 2012

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

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  • Shelly
    January 9, 2013

    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!

    • steph
      January 9, 2013

      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 :)

  • Kathryn
    February 18, 2013

    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).

    • steph
      February 18, 2013

      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!

  • Cindi Nelson
    March 6, 2013

    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.

    • steph
      March 6, 2013

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

  • Skooks
    August 25, 2013

    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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  • Cathy
    November 13, 2013

    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.

    • steph
      November 24, 2013

      This is great Cathy! Thanks for sharing

  • Jackie Gandy
    March 10, 2015

    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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