Last night, I set to work on one of the projects on my Christmas list….these ultra chic “gum drop pillows” by Amy Butler.
I’ve never worked with an Amy Butler pattern before and I found this one to be simple and straightforward. I cut all of the pieces for three pillows and finished off the first pillow in just a few hours. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the “stuffing the pillow” portion of the pattern until now and I can hardly believe my eyes – 10 bags of 12 oz. fiberfill for one pillow. Let’s see….that would be a total of 30 bags and approx. $5-$10 per bag. Hmmmm, I guess my project is on standstill while I hunt for bulk fiberfill options!!
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What about bean bag filling? It’s still expensive but more along the lines of $100 instead of $300. Of course filling them with that stuff would suck too! Good luck!
HA!!! That was a great alternate idea… and funny too
Sixty-Fifth Avenue says
Wow!! That is CRAZY! But you know what? I want one of those…really bad!! Let me know what you figure out so you can tell me how much you charge so I can pick my fabric!
Stephanie Krohn says
If you had a ton of fabric scraps, you could probably stuff a good bit of the pillow with them. I don’t know if many people save their scraps. I know that I don’t. I have enough “junk” filling the spaces in my house :o)
You can use fabric scraps, plastic bags (a bit noisy), packing peanuts, foam filler, etc for the centre of the stuffing, and then carefully pack the polyfill around it.
Or maybe find some thrift store pillows to put inside, and then add the polyfil around them?
I have another beanbag pattern where they use packing peanuts … it wouldn’t be as firm but might work. And I think it would be a lot cheaper. I love those!
Lily Riani says
Some stores sell very cheap pillows–that, and using store coupons, may be the least expensive way to go…
you can purchase bulk boxes fiberfill from department (a) stores. not sure on the exact pricing, but it is better/less expensive than the smaller bags.
WOW these are so so awesome!!!!Truly LOVE these!!!!!!
I’d love for you to check me out!
I know you’ve already finished these pillows but thought I’d add an idea for others looking for less expensive filler options. I brought back a similar type of cushion from India and in the store there they were just packed with newspaper for display purposes. So, when I got home I packed the centre of my cushion with paper and then wrapped that with batting. Works great~
these are so so cute…I have been wanting to make a couple of these for my boys! I might just do it – was it fairly simple? I have heard that her patterns tend to be a little confusing.
I didn’t find the pattern confusing at all, from what I remember. The only tricky part was sewing up the opening once it was stuffed. If I was ambitious, I would go back and put in a zipper instead – maybe even do a second pillow from muslin to stuff, then zip this cover over the top – they have held up fine and actually aren’t dirty or stained, but my girls jump on the pillows and my hand-stitching has popped. I think a zipper and a second form inside would make it easy to take the covers off and wash.
I just saw beanbag pellets at Bed Bath and Beyond for $12.99 a bag. They are big bags so you would only need one or two depending on the size of your cover.
I go to IKEA and purchase their cheap, cheap pillows $1.99 each and use the filling from them to fill my pouf’s
Oh! Wow!! That’s a great idea!
Deborah lott says
I want the Amy butler gum drop pattern how do I order?
It looks like you can get it here on Amy Butler’s site – http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfdownloads/gumdrop.php. Have fun!