How to Make State Specific Pillows (TUTORIAL)

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Every year some of my closest friends and I get together around the holiday season and share laughs, food and gifts along the way. Our goal is to purchase/make five of the exact same items that represent our favorite thing of the year and gift them to one another. And so was named our annual “Favorite Things Party”!


After having spent a good amount of time creating winter slipcovers for my home (check out my tutorial on how to make them for yourself, here), I quickly learned they were my new “favorite” thing of the year and I wanted to share them with my friends! This was when I decided to make my friends their very own pillows with a special personalized touch. All of my friends live around the Wisconsin area (we actually all met at occupational therapy school together!) and so I knew I wanted something unique to Wisconsin. A little brainstorming later and I was off to Jo-Ann Fabrics (my go-to location for the majority of my fabric needs).


Sticking with my love for all things plaid, I found a color scheme I liked and secured multiple yards of the corresponding fabric. I then picked up 5 solid white felt sheets, one red felt sheet, white thread and 5 pillow inserts. Before I knew it I was back home and sewing away!

My exact step by step TUTORIAL on how to make a slipcover can be found here

Don’t quite feel confident in your sewing skills? Don’t let that stop you! Check out my post on “How I Taught Myself to Sew and You can Too!” Or, simply, check out this ideal video tutorial of Sewing Machine Basics. Then step over to these Online Craft Classes (select “Sewing”) that include video demonstrations in order to learn more advanced techniques!


After cutting all the appropriate pieces of fabric for my five pillow inserts, I switched the focus over to creating the state of Wisconsin with my white felt. (Note: do NOT sew your slipcover pieces together until after securing your felt state piece). I created a Wisconsin pattern that I used to expedite the process. I am attaching it here for any Wisconsinites that desire to make a pattern for themselves! Simply download this pattern, cut it out and place it over the white fabric tracing along the borders. (Note: for those not from Wisconsin, I suggest a quick online search for your state of interest. After locating the map, enlarge it to your desired size and trace the border.)


Next, I cut a small heart out of my red felt. (Heart also available on pattern here) I then placed the heart on the map in the exact location each friend lived. Taking out my red thread I secured the heart to my Wisconsin. (As you can see, the hearts are in different locations as my friends live in different cities).


With the heart properly secured down, I pinned my Wisconsin felt to the middle of the front piece of the slipcover and sewed it on. Once secured, I attached the back panels of the slipcover (per tutorial above), and inserted my pillow.









And just like that my “favorite” gifts were created and customized to each of my friends!

Don’t live in Wisconsin or know of anyone who does? No worry! This project can be easily altered per state! Enjoy!


Not in the mood to craft these yourself? Looking to gift one as a perfect housewarming gift? Please visit my Etsy shop by clicking on the button below! Pillows can be completely customized from background fabric color, state and heart location (per specified city)!


Looking to create even more quick and Easy Home Decor Sewing projects? Click here to check out more tutorials!



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  1. Cute pillow! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing it with us at Brag About It. Pinned 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  2. I live in WI, too! I love these pillows! I’m so happy to have stumbled across your blog. I recently took a break from blogging in January, which I’ve done for so many years. I’m excited to follow along with you!

  3. Love those pillows. By the way totally subscribed to your blog. I am a part time OT, blogger and full time mom and crafter too. So how could I not ?!

    1. How much do I LOVE this?! Yay! Thank you for the kind comments and for subscribing! I always love to meet a fellow OT, blogger, mommy and crafter!!

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