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Published on May 7th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


200 pillows for outdoor wedding

Materials: GOSA SLAN pillow, cover fabric, ribbon for tag, sewing thread, embroidery thread, doll needles, sewing machines, lots of friends to help

Description: My friend Anita needed to make 200 pillows for her son’s outdoor wedding. She found these inexpensive pillows at Ikea. By cutting them in half and sewing new covers, she only had to buy 100 pillows. Several of her friends and the bride’s friends worked together to sew these.

First, one GOSA SLAN pillow was cut in half crosswise. Then the open sides were stitched together, making two pillow forms.

The bride selected the fabric for the covers. One piece of fabric was cut for each pillow form and folded in half, right sides together. The bride and groom designed custom labels for the pillows using wide satin ribbon stamped and embossed with a design. Each label was folded, then pinned in place before stitching the seams of the fabric cover.

The cover was stitched, leaving an opening in one end. Then it was turned right side out, and stuffed with a pillow form. After stitching the open end shut, the pillow was almost finished.

Using 3 strands of embroidery floss and a doll needle (extra long needle with a long eye), two tufts were stitched centered in the pillow to give it a nice shape.

Now Anthony and Krista’s wedding guests won’t have to sit on hard concrete during the wedding ceremony.

~ KarenH, Los Angeles, California

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8 Responses to 200 pillows for outdoor wedding

  1. fahfrohmugen says:

    What a small world! I actually went to Anthony & Krista’s wedding and scored one of the pillows! :)

  2. Berit says:

    I think it is pretty obvious that the pillows were intended as favors to be kept by the guests; that is why they went to the further trouble of adding in the special ribbon tag. Great idea! I bet I would be a whiz at closing turned-pillow holes by the time I finished this project! I always struggle a bit as I do it so infrequently.

  3. Hisbahamamama says:

    I googled this Krista and Anthony California Wedding to hopefully see some pictures..there are some but not featuring the pillows – beautiful wedding though

  4. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Pretty creative! I hope it was a great event and everyone was comfortable. Were the pillows donated afterwards to a homeless or animal shelter? Gee, I certainly hope so!

  5. OutdoorPillows says:

    Wow! 200 pillows! that’s a lot. very creative idea for a very special outdoor event. hey, if you are in need of more outdoor pillows you can visit my site http://www.outdoorcushionspillows.com/ and browse some of my neat outdoor pillows.

  6. I love this idea, this is fabulous! What a great solution. I’ll be linking to this.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to see a picture of how these look en masse at the wedding. What a great idea!

    Were you able to sew the pillows down the middle before cutting them?

  8. lizng says:

    Creepy. I’m doing the EXACT same thing for a baby shower that I’m throwing at the end of the month. I have to say, I loved the strange looks I got wheeling a cart full of 40 pillows through IKEA.

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