I’ve had the idea for this eyelash pillow for months and just never got around to making it because, well, my sons just aren’t into cute, girlie pillows. I met the perfect candidate a couple of months ago, though, a tween who will absolutely love getting this DIY Velvet Eyelash Pillow as a gift. Pillows make great gifts during the holidays and they’re relatively easy to make and customize. And like this one, the pillows don’t have to be holiday themed. You can make them suit the style and likes of your recipient or follow current trends. Handmade pillows also make a wonderful housewarming gift! Let me show you how you can make one.
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DIY Velvet Eyelash Pillow Materials
- 1/2 Yard Cobbled Velvet Fabric in Eggnog
- 10 Inches Black 5-inch Fringe
- 10 Inches Sparkly Black Ribbon
- Sewing Machine
- Straight Pins
- Black Thread
- Rotary Cutter
- Fabric Scissors
- Cutting Mat & Ruler
- Iron & Ironing Board
- 16 inch Pillow Form
DIY Velvet Eyelash Pillow Steps
1: Your fabric should already be cut from the store at 18 inches or half a yard. On the cutting mat, spread out the fabric, keeping the center folded. Pin the two sides together to keep the fabric from sliding. Use the cutting ruler to measure out 18 inches from the fold then cut it with the rotary cutter. You should now have an 18 x 18-inch square with one side as the fold.
2: Use the fabric scissors to cut the fold while it’s still pinned. Remove the pins.
3: Cut two 5-inch pieces of the black fringe. Remove the band at the bottom of the fringe.
4: Now for a haircut! Trim 1 inch off of the bottom of the fringe. The best way to do this is smooth it down flat and then use the cutting ruler to hold in place while you cut with the rotary cutter. You should go look at Step 13 and see how else you should cut these.
5: Next cut two 5-inch pieces of the sparkly black ribbon.
6: Take one of the fabric squares and lay it flat. Find a centered placement on the fabric square for the two eyelash pieces. Pin them down in a curve.
7: Load your machine with black thread (don’t forget the black bobbin!) and sew the eyelashes to the velvet. Trim off the extra thread.
8: Now lay the sparkly ribbon over the top area of the fringe and sew it down.
9: Take both pieces of fabric and put them together, lining up all four sides, right sides (velvety sides) together. Pin them together along 3 sides and then 6 inches of the 4th side. This will leave an opening to stuff in the pillow.
10: Sew all of the pinned areas with a standard 5/8 inch seam. Trim all four corners.
11: Remove all of the pins and turn it right side out. Stuff the pillow form into the pillowcase, centering it within the case.
12: Pin the open edges together and sew the case closed with a 1/2 inch seam. Continue that visible stitch around the entire pillow. I purposefully kept the thread black so it would contrast with the white velvet, but you can swap out if you don’t like it. The last edge will be the hardest because the pillow form will be out of extra space.
13: This is the part where I realized the eyelashes reminded me of the Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street and I gave them a little trim, curving them at the bottom. You could also taper them so the outsides are still longer.
That’s it! I have to tell you, I am totally in love with this quilted velvet. So much so that I’m going to go back and buy some in other colors to make living room pillows. I found this velvet at Joann Fabric in their velvet section and they had several colors to choose from. I really hope the little girl loves this DIY Velvet Eyelash Pillow as a gift, but I’m pretty sure she will. I’m not even a tween and I’d love it, lol. Pillows are so fun to make and you can use all types of materials to make them, from tea towels to sweaters to yarn. And they’re so easy to swap out for different seasons or holidays, too!
If eyelashes aren’t your thing and you’d like to see a huge selection of pillow cover patterns to sew, All Free Sewing has pages and pages of incredible projects to browse through.
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Hi, I’m Marie. I’ve been obsessed with crafting for most of my life. I love to experiment with new crafting techniques as well as making the classics. Over the years and after three kids involved in various activities, I discovered my other passion, event planning. I love making my own decorations and styling rooms for parties. I’m at my happiest when I can combine crafts and party styling. It’s so much fun!