Thursday, 20 October 2011

A revolution in pillow making...?

Whilst tweeting with Julia from Gone to Earth last week, she mentioned that she had a new product in the shop.  A fusible fleece which piqued my interest so I ordered some to see what could be done with it.  Here's the pillow I made.


I started with this beautiful mini quilt made by Tia Camp Follower Bag Lady which I saw and instantly told Tia I needed to pretty much downright copy.  And seeing as my Etchings Wovens FQ stack was calling out to me, I rustled up a pillow.


18" X 28" - it is the size of a standard UK pillow (and I mean pillow) so no cushion insert shopping needed - just steal a pillow from one of my many children, they'll never notice.  Six wonky 6" stars, 2" scrappy stripes and hey presto.   And then came the magical bit.  I cut off a piece of the fusible fleece, ironed it on, quilted and bound and hey presto.  No basting pins to take out as you go, no puckering because the fabric was attached to the fleece all over, no messy basting spray or pins and also no backing fabric because the back of the fusible fleece is nice and smooth.  The fleece also quilts beautifully, and, from a quick afternoon old lady nap before pick-up time, is very comfy to nap on too.


I hear that people also use it for bags, mini quilts, purses, pouches and even door stops.  If you're in the UK and want to try some, get in touch with Julia at Gone to Earth.  I apologise for not researching stockists around the world but google "vilene fusible fleece" and you should find it.  And, if you Etchings, you might also be interested in knowing that Julia has just taken delivery of some of the Cabbages and Roses Northcote Range new line - it will be listed very shortly in her shop.  These are Moda fabrics designed in Britain for a Brit Shabby Chic look, I fell in love with them when I was working on my hexalong and managed to get my hands on a layer cake.  Here they are made up in a fab union jack quilt.

  

31 comments:

  1. love your pillow - thinking a union jack would also look fantastic - thanks for having a go with the fusible fleece - sounds like a goer

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  2. Looks brilliant - and anything to 'cut corners' is right up my alley (ooh-er missus!).

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  3. I have used fusible fleece for makeup bags - it's fantastic to use - I got mine from Cotton Patch.

    Pomona x

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  4. I have wondered about fusible fleece- I think what I really need is to buy a batting/wadding/fleece samples pack,then I could try different brands, bamboo etc. - calling UK shops- do you stock such a thing? I fancy the fusible for bags and purses. Still loving your pillow!

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  5. It's Freuderberg's vlieseline :) I use it from the beginning (that's the most popular fussible fleece here in Germany; and Freuderberg has many many more amazing things!)

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  6. ooh that's a fab pillow Lynne!! Thanks for the fusible fleece review I've been wanting to try this for bags but had no idea what it's like.
    For pillows it would save me the step of adding a muslin backing, that's excellent!

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  7. Love the pillow - I cheat and just use washable PVA glue to temporarily fix my batting to the fabrics - just a simple ribbon of glue then iron it down - made this up by doing the binding Sharon Schamber's way - works pretty well ;o)

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  8. Love the pillow - it would go with y Americana quilt so I might have to make one too.
    I use fusible 80/20 wadding by Hobbs for smaller projects, it's pretty good too. Hadn't heard of fusible fleece tho.

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  9. Sorry bit confused is the fleece the back of the pillow cover or on the reverse of the pillow front and therefore inside the pillow???

    Not quite awake yet ???

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  10. Sounds like a great product! Love that pillow!

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  11. The pillow looks perfect, so it obviously suited you well :) I have to say I love the union jack quilt, did you make it, see it or is it a draft?

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  12. I use fusible fleece for bags, and I've got some fusible cotton on order to give that a go too :-)

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  13. Its lovely jubbly :-) I still have a smidge of fusible fleece left from making a sunday sling bag. Might give it a whirl on my pillow fight project!

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  14. Oh Lynne I LOVE that pillow. And here I was just talking to a friend in Australia about our flags and saying that I cannot do the whole Red, White, and Blue thing...but your take is gorgeous. Hahahahaa, love it!

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  15. I bought some and haven't used it yet - now I'm jazzed! Love the pillow!
    Letty at www.happydancequilting.wordpress.com

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  16. Love the pillow! I've used fusible wadding but not fusible fleece, must go and find some!

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  17. nice pillow! and the union jack at the end of the post is wonderful too. :)

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  18. Oooh, now I have it for bags, never thought of using it for quilting - mental head slap!

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  19. Fantastic! Does all the adhesive really wash out??? Would hate to become an inadvertent glue sniffer in my sleep...

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  20. well I am thinking anything you do is time for me to take a nap( cause you make me tired) ..hence I have a pillow now too...love this one, and I use this magical stuff fuses on both sides...it works for me too...here here for anything that keeps us away from sprays...
    YOU make me smile ...

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  21. oh how i love that pillow! love love love it!

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  22. Firstly, I love the pillow and might have to make a replica for myself. I really like your use of grey for the stars, instead of the typical blue and the patchiness of it all.

    I've used fusible batting, but hadn't heard of fusible fleece. It sounds great for handbags, but also for quick baby quilts. Hopefully, it comes in colors other than just white. Thanks for the tip!

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  23. LOVE fusible fleece. I'm using it on all my bags now instead of interfacing which gets all wrinkly and icky when you turn them. I've just bought yards of the stuff for my Christmas cushion cover gifts - other bonus is that it doesn't shrink in the wash, taking your 18" cushion cover down to a 17"! Brilliant plan for making your covers pillow sized btw! I love everything about it.

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  24. love that pillow!!, you are the queen of flags!, can you make an aussie flag for me one day then do a tutorial on it to show me how to make it??

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  25. I'm intrigued by this fusible fleece because I have some for bags/pouches but I'd still want to use a lining fabric so wonder if it's a completely different product.

    Pillow looks great btw - although I am a true Brit so would like it as a Union Flag even more :-)

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  26. i've been curious about fusible fleece for some time. your pillow is beautiful. what a great endorsement for the product. maybe i'll try it and make gorgeous stuff like Lynne :)

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  27. I love it! How fun and easy. I have to admit I really like the union jack. It would be a conversation starter at our house (here in the deep south of the ole USA). LOL!

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  28. congrats to the winners. I am a follower!

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