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Today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing a new DIY that you can make as a perfect summer birthday gift. When I think of the summer season, I think of pool parties, beach vacations, palm leaves, flamingos, ice cold drinks, and tropical fruits. Just check over at SendHappyBeHappy.com and you’ll get a lot of ideas. So I thought, why not make a DIY plush watermelon pillow as a gift? Are you ready?
It was perfect timing because one of my goddaughters was celebrating her birthday this summer. So I thought this plush watermelon pillow would be so much fun to make. I’m so glad I found this bright yellow and white striped gift bag from American Greetings because it fit my DIY pillow perfectly. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a large enough bag for bulky or big presents! I topped off the gift bag with some white tissue paper from American Greetings too.
And finally, I also picked up a summer-themed American Greetings birthday gift card that sings when you open it up! It was too fun. Next time you’re at Walmart, look for this card, and listen! It will make your day. With everything going digital, it’s a breath of fresh air when one receives an actual greeting card. It shows you put thought into greeting the person and making him or her special. Now let’s get to the DIY part.
DIY: Plush Watermelon Pillow
For this plush watermelon pillow, I used pastel colors for a little girl. But you’re welcome to use whatever shade of red or pink and green fabric that you like. There are a lot of options at most fabric stores. Also note that you don’t need a sewing machine for this project. It’s easy to hand-sew this plush pillow. Sewing machine just makes completing this project faster!
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 yard of pink plush fabric
- 1/4 yard of white plush fabric
- 1/4 yard of mint green plush fabric
- Black scrap of fabric, I used left over faux leather
- About 1 pound of fiber fill (stuffing)
- White and black thread
- Measuring tape
- Safety Pin as marker
- Sewing machine, or if sewing by hand, needles
- Begin by cutting a round piece of pink/red fabric. The pillow size will be about half of this circle. So you can make it as small or as big as you like. You can use a round tray or even a big straw hat as a template. It may sound funny, but I actually used my big straw hat as a template for this. But to make it easier, draw a circle on a piece of paper (like a Manila paper) first. Cut the circle and use that as a template for cutting your fabric.
- Next, fold the pink circle in half, showing the right side of the fabric up. Measure the edges with your measuring tape. Mine is 32 inches.
- Now cut two (2) strips of white fabric 3 inches wide. The length will be the edge of the pink fabric you just measured, in my case 32 inches PLUS 2 inches, making it 34 inches. The two inches would be allowance for sewing.
- Now line up one white strip of fabric around the edge of the pink half circle. The extra fabric should be where the circle was folded, as seen in the photo below where my fingers are. Now, the right side of the pink fabric should be facing up (facing you), while the right side of the white fabric should be facing down (facing the pink fabric).
- Now sew the white strip around the pink half circle.
- Do the same for the other white strip, this time on the other half of the pink fabric. When you’re done, you’ll have excess white fabric on both ends as seen below.
- Sew the excess fabric together as seen below.
- Cut the excess fabric about 1/4 inch after where you just sew a line.
- Now it’s time to cut one (1) strip of green fabric. This time, cut a strip 5 inches wide. The length will be the length of the edge of the pink fabric (in my case 32 inches) plus 4 inches this time. So mine was 36 inches in length.
- Now divide that long strip in half and cut. You will now have two strips of green fabric.
- On each strip and only on one end of the strip, cut long triangles on the corners to make a tapered end. It should look like the image below.
- Now line up the tapered end on the edge of the white strip where the straight side of the half circle is. Do the same with the other strip. Locate the center of the pink half circle and mark with a safety pin. This is how you’re going to sew the green strips. Note, the wrong side of the green fabric should be facing you. The right side of the green fabric should be facing the right side of the white fabric.
- Sew one green strip first. Begin by sewing one side of the green strip to the white fabric starting from the top ending all the way to the middle of the half circle where your safety pin marker is. Then, sew the other side of the green strip to the white fabric in the other half of the circle. See below for reference. Do the same with the other green strip of fabric.
- Once you’ve sewn both strips of green fabric from the top of the half circle to the middle of the half circle, you should be left with a hole in the middle as seen below.
- Using that hole, turn the fabric inside out and you should have something like this.
- Begin stuffing the pillow with fiber fill. I got a 2-pound bag of fiber fill for just 5 bucks at a fabric store. I only used a little less than half of the bag.
- Once you’re satisfied with how plump your pillow is, you can now insert the excess green fabric inside the hole. Close up the hole by sewing it by hand. The great thing about plush fabric is that the stitches aren’t visible. So you don’t have to worry about perfecting the hand-stitching! Also, I just used a white thread. And it doesn’t even show. But if you are using a dark fabric, it might be better to use the same color of thread.
- Now this is totally optional, but you can cut seeds out of scrap fabric. I just cut 5 seeds and had sewn them by hand. They don’t have to be super aligned or be the exact size. It makes it more natural!
Voila! Pastel-colored plush watermelon pillow for my little girlies! How cute is this DIY plush watermelon pillow?
More August Holidays
It’s not just perfect for a summer birthday, it’s also a fun gift for “just because”. Speaking of which, do you know that “Just Because Day” is on August 27th? So you can totally make this for a dear friend or loved one to give on that day, just to show you care.
But today, August 1st, happens to be National Girlfriend’s Day. So in case you want to give something to your girlfriend, just grab an American Greetings card at your local Walmart, and spread the love. Sometimes, a few simple words can create a huge impact on someone’s day or on someone’s life!
Bonus: When you buy any card from 6/21–8/31, you can earn $1 at IBOTTA.
Celebrate all summer with the perfect cards from American Greetings. Head over to SendHappyBeHappy.com to find more holidays, DIYS, and gift ideas. Let me know what holidays you’ll be celebrating and what you plan to make!
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