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Floral Pillows with Ultrasuede Petals

Store-bought cushions spring to life when adorned with pretty, handmade Ultrasuede florets.

Created By: Johnny Miller/Brown Bird Design




Ultrasuede doesn't fray, which means the petals won't need to be hemmed. Scatter them all over one side, or "flower arrange" just a few in one corner.


  • Ultrasuede fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Store-bought pillow
  • Petal templateDownload the PDF


  1. Step 1

    Photocopy template, enlarging or reducing as desired. Using template, cut out 4 petals from fabric.

  2. Step 2

    Knot end of thread; sew a running stitch through bottom of petals, making 2 stitches for each.

  3. Step 3

    Gently pull thread to gather petals, and knot thread.

  4. Step 4


    Make 1 more stitch to connect last and first petals to form flower, then knot and trim thread.

  5. Step 5

    Repeat, making flowers in a variety of sizes. Tack-stitch flowers to pillow in the desired pattern.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2009



Reviews (12)

  • spiralskull 22 Jun, 2012

    All you have to do is print the template one time. Cut it out of matboard, cardboard or whatever and use THAT as a template on your fabric.

  • ThePurpleThread 21 Aug, 2011

    The recipe calls for a minimum of 4 would be highly unliikely we would not make at least 4 petals.and highly unlikely we would make only one please fill the page with the pattern leaving 1/2" around ..even if we enlarge, we will fill a piece of paper and not waste it....Just a "Green" Suggestion!

  • Luckydancer 8 Apr, 2011

    They'd look nice as an embellishment for blouses or jackets

  • TexasTracy 4 Jan, 2011

    I'm with Kimlin! I probably would spend more time on the this site if it weren't so time-consuming to go through the project pages.

  • kimlin 3 Aug, 2010

    Please create a gallery of thumbnail photos for each category of projects. So instead of hitting the button to see the next project over and over, we can just look at 20 or 30 thumbnails all at once, and click on the ones that we're the most interested in. Thanks!

  • TamaraU 15 May, 2010

    Suede is the processed skin of a cow or other grazing animal, and can only be cleaned professionally, while ultrasuede is a man -made "suede" made from polyester fibers and can be machine washed and dried. The beauty of both is that the raw cut edges neither fray nor run - they stay crisp and clean.

  • landonsmommy08 12 Apr, 2010

    I found suede but not there a difference?

  • landonsmommy08 12 Apr, 2010

    Is there a difference between suede and ultrasuede?

  • landonsmommy08 12 Apr, 2010

    Is there a difference between suede and ultrasuede?

  • alawley 12 Mar, 2010

    This is such a great idea. I always see pillows in the colors I like, but they are so plain. I am excited about trying this.

  • JessePiester 2 Mar, 2010

    Source for the blue pillow is Crate

  • klpsnow 1 Mar, 2010

    Thanks for the idea again! You must really want me to make these, as this is the 3rd time you've emailed this project to me in the past few weeks. LOL.