Decorative Pillow Cover – Red Riding Hood

I’m soooooo in love with the Little Red Riding Hood collection by Riley Blake Designs.  There are just so many wonderful projects I can make with them!  Last weekend, I completed a quilted decorative pillow cover using this collection of beautiful fabrics.  The decorative pillow cover measures 14″ x 14″ when completed.  It’s a perfect decor item for a nursery, child’s room…in fact, anywhere at home!

The middle block is made of up 16 pieced 3-inch squares, followed by 2 1/2-inch borders sewn in a log cabin style.  I stitched in the ditch to quilt the top, batting and backing together.  For the back, I chose baby pink dotted minky fabric sewn into an envelope enclosure for easy insertion of the pillow form.  Love the use of minky fabrics which made the decorative pillow cover so soft and plush!

Sharing some behind the scenes photos of my sewing process.  I intend to create a free tutorial for this sometime soon!

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Pieced middle block of cushion

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Working on the pieced top of cushion

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Top of cushion is completed with white flora borders

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Cushion top is basted, really for quilting

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Sewing in the ditch of cushion top

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

A closer look at the quilting of top

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Envelope enclosures cut from dotted minky fabric

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Sewing on the two backing pieces of dotted minky fabrics

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

A good look at the completed cushion cover top

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Here’s how the dotted minky backing looks

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

The Little Red Riding hood quilted cushion cover is completed!

I will be listing this on my Etsy store soon.  Do watch out for it!

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During my recent trip to Melbourne, I bought some craft kits from the Quilt and Craft Fair.  They are from Ric Rac and Melly and Me.  There are so many to choose from that I’m spoilt for choices!  However I knew I had to buy some as the kids love sewing plushies and it’ll be a great opportunity for them to improve their sewing skills.

Craft kits from Melbourne, Australia

Craft kits from Melbourne, Australia

Eponine wanted to start with the “Two Little Tweets” project.  However, she had difficulty understanding some of the instructions and I had to help.  It so happened that Eponine did all the cutting while I did all the sewing.  It didn’t seem too difficult to start with.  The most difficult part was getting the skeleton of the plushie done which may not be an easy task for a beginner as we need to ensure that the curves of the bird are stitched together seamlessly for a nice finish.  Once that hurdle was overcome, everything else came easy.

However I felt that the instructions are not clear and they are incomplete.  They left the most important part out, and that is how to do the stuffing for the bird!  As I had experience sewing plushies, I managed to figure this out pretty quickly.  I just didn’t quite comprehend what is a leather stitch, so I improvised with my own invisible stitches to give the plushie a clean finishing.

So here it is, a cute little darling that can be done in 1 – 2 hours on a weekend.  Sharing some WIP photos too for a better understanding of what to expect while working on the project.  The boo boo is that Eponine has cut the fabrics the opposite way!  LOL!  Nonetheless, it’s still a cute little darling!

Plush with wings attached

Plush with wings attached

The plushie is near completion with beak attached

The plushie is near completion with beak attached

The completed little tweet!

The completed little tweet!

Side view of  the completed plushie

Side view of the completed plushie