You can’t welcome the arrival of spring and summer weather without flip flops! Bring the fun inside with one of these super cute flip flop pillows from our friend, Donna Babylon. Ya know, I just gotta say… back in the day, we called this particular type of footwear: ‘thongs.’ I can’t tell you the gales of laughter this brings from my kids when I accidentally slip and still call them this. It’s similar to the reaction I get talking about records and/or rotary dial phones. Read on to learn Donna’s secrets for a smooth, full and fabulous pillow.
When people see Donna’s flip flop pillow, they always ask her, ‘What kind of pillow form is inside?!’ They’re surprised to discover it’s just plain ol’ fiberfill… it looks so smooth and full. Donna shared her secrets for creating a pleasingly plump and pretty pillow.
- The key is a specialty shape like the flip flop, is to make a ‘fabric sandwich’ with additional layers of fleece-type batting and muslin. Place the batting on the wrong side of your decorator fabric, then place the muslin on top, sandwiching the batting between the two fabrics. Treat this unit as one when cutting out both the front and back of the pillow. These additional layers smooth and stabilize the surface of the pillow.
- For stuffing, use the best quality loose fiberfill you can find. The quality really makes a difference on the outside appearance.
- To stuff the pillow, take a handful of loose fiberfill and fluff the fibers with your fingers to remove any clumps. To do this, gently separate the fibers as if teasing hair. For the flip flip pillow, insert these small handfuls of fiberfill, starting with the toe of the pillow and working toward the center stuffing the remaining areas to the desired thickness.
You can order Donna’s Fancy Flip Flop pillow pattern from her More Splash Than Cash website.