Review & giveaway: Pretty Little Pillows

Pretty Little Pillows from Lark Books is a pretty little book that explores the creative possibilities that the pillow offers.  The underlying structure of a pillow is pretty basic: two pieces of fabric with some stuffing in between.  And yet it’s that simple structure that allows freedom to experiment with surface design, shape, and scale. 

The book starts by explaining the basic construction of a pillow, along with some common finishing techniques and hand stitches to embellish. 

Then, it gives step-by-step instructions (along with color photos of the more complex steps) to create 29 different kinds of pillows.  Each of these beautiful projects focuses on a different technique or material or use.  Projects like Afternoon Tea or Tropical Blossom give the pillow an interesting shape, while Twist-n-Tie or Smock It use techniques to alter the surface of the pillow and give it texture. 

My personal favorites in the book include the Ribbon Rounds pillow, which is actually four long pillows tied together with pretty ribbons.  They’re functional together as a group, or you can untie the ribbon and use them separately as smaller pillows.  The Quick Change pillow, with two triangular flaps that can be buttoned to either side of the pillow, allows multiple looks with from one pillow.  Another favorite is the Cuddle Drops pillow, little dew-drop pillows with cuddly-sweet appliqued faces.

So that’s the review part of this post.  Now for the giveaway. 

I’m giving away my review copy of Pretty Little Pillows to one lucky Craft Gossip reader.  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me how badly you want this book.  I’ll choose the winner at random.  Deadline for entry is Friday, May 21, 20101 at midnight CST.  Good luck!

Comments

  1. Ady Yong says

    I would love this book – I’m teaching my 7 year old son how to sew and pillows make great projects. This would be a terrific resource for us.

  2. Lubica says

    I would like to own this book… cause I ve lost a job so I think about starting with some crafts. I believe that the book is full of beautiful projects.

  3. Kerry says

    I would love love love to win this book. I have been obsessed with making pillows for my house lately but I seem to be stuck in a rut of only making square ones. I’m a little uncertain about how to go about the others but I am sure that this book would calm my fears.

  4. says

    I want it so I don’t go stir crazy in the house… My crafty gene is turning into overdrive and I have no idea what to make with all of the fabric, vinyl and yarn sitting around my house right now!

  5. Elvi says

    I love pillows and this book would just make me unstoppable in making more of them :)))

  6. Jessica C says

    I want this book SOOOOOOOOO badly! I was just about to buy it on Amazon when I saw this giveaway!

  7. Steph says

    I’m new to sewing and just love it. I would really love to have the book soI can make some nice pillows for my home. please!

  8. Andi Lackey says

    I need this book cause all of my friends are having babies and I need to make them cute pillows for their backs and then to make cute things for the babies too!!

    I would trade my kids for it but trust me you don’t want them! so I’ll offer my roommate, he at least does the dishes!!

  9. Ka says

    You have no idea how much i would love to have this book!!! See, i have a project. do a “julie/julia project” kind of blog, all about craft, doing a lot of tutorial, telling how was for me, with pictures n stuff. I wanna do this with a lot of books. But, i live in Brazil and here, we dont have books about crafting, well.. not really good ones, so i’m trying to get good books, and this one would be great!! I hope i win!!!

  10. says

    I need this book because I am a craft book-aholic. That’s pretty much it. It looks fabulous and that is enough for me!

  11. Michelle says

    I want this book. Badly. Like really badly. I will have the cutest pillows in all of Fairbanks, Alaska if I got this book. No kidding.

  12. Åsa says

    I could really use this book with my students, they tend to think a pillow is square and in plain colours. The book might give them some other ideas.

  13. Lisa says

    This book looks great! Very creative and pretty – I would love love love to have it! I will be requesting this as a present for my birthday at the end of this year – unless I am lucky enough to win it here!!

  14. Tina says

    I would LOVE to have this book! I had a baby boy in December, and while I think the crib set that my husband bought is cute, I want to make some more personalized items for baby’s room, and our room

  15. says

    I love making little pillows! You can never have too many floating around. =0) I would love to have this book.

  16. Claudia says

    Oh dear, I need this fantastic little book, because here in Germany we don’t habe such cute books, which inspire the fantasy. And it ssems to be wonderful to use the fabrics that are sleeping in my wardrobe….

    Kind regards from Germany
    Claudia alias frauknopf@gmx.de

  17. Renee says

    BADLY!!! I LOVE pillows and am just getting back into sewing after being away from it for years. I need my creative juices flowing and just LOOKING at this book is giving me ideas already! I CAN’T WAIT to see what’s inside!!! Thanks for the chance! ~Renee’

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