I’ve been thinking about my grandmother a lot lately. I always do when I sew. My grandmother was an amazing seamstress, talented and with an eye for style. She sewed because she loved it. Well taken care of by my grandfather, she took in work as a seamstress for the pure pleasure of doing a job she loved. She sewed clothing for herself and her children because it made her happy and gave her satisfaction. Grandma passed away September 2005, less than a week shy of her 90th birthday. I inherited her sewing machine and table, which proudly sit in my front room. It’s a daily reminder and memorial to me of my grandmother and her many talents.
Throughout my grandmother’s home were star pillows. On every sofa, bed, and chair you would find at least one. Made from various fabrics and in various styles, they were everywhere. And she’d made them all. So I decided to try my hand at making some. My attempts are much more pointy than hers, but still, I am really happy with what I came up with. They make me think of my grandmother, her feisty personality (4’10” and 90 lbs, grown men didn’t mess with my grandma!), and her love of beautifying the world around her.
So, in honor of my grandma, I’m sharing how to make a star pillow, four different ways. I’ve included my pattern, and if I can ever get things a bit more full like hers were, I’ll update and edit with that as well.
All four styles are based on my memory of pillows in my grandmother’s home, with my own take. They’re kind of like chose your own adventure pillows! Just click on the pictures and they’ll take you to the corresponding tutorial.
In fact, not only did I make 6 pillows this weekend, that basic star pattern kept creeping it’s way into other craft ideas, too. Throughout the week I’ll share those, as well, all using the same star pattern foundation.
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