Just to avoid any confusion, let me start off with a disclaimer:
When speaking of scallops, I’m not referring to seafood that comes in shells and with the occasional pearl.
No. Today we are not gluing saltwater clams onto pillow cases.
And that’s probably a good thing too. I cannot imagine such cushions to be any kind of comfy!
Sure, the little mermaid may disagree, but I have become accustomed to sleeping in a bed of linen, cotton and felt.
Fine, the latter is a recent development and also more of a decorative textile, but let’s just leave that statement as it is for now.
So rather than a seafood, for this craft we will be using felt that has been cut to resemble a scallop shape.
I think Ariel would be at least a little proud…
Although I did just google “seashell bed” and can totally see how I would have preferred one of those over a lousy pillow case when Ariel and her underwater friends first floated across my TV set.
But you know, I’m in my twenties. Time to grow up. At least a little.
So to make a scalloped pillow case, totally not at all inspired by a favorite childhood feature film
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- pillow case
- small drinking glass
- fabric glue
Step 1: To make the felt circles, place a drinking glass in the size of your choosing onto a sheet of felt and trace around the bottom with a pencil. Try to fit as many circles onto each sheet as possible. For a 40x40cm pillow case, I used four colors and needed a total of 73 circles cut from about 6-7 sheets of felt.
Step 2: Arrange the circles across the pillowcase to figure out the spacing. Start with the top row, placing one circle right next to the other. For the second row, offset the circles and make sure to overlap the circles with the first row to create the scallop shape. Move all the way down to the bottom of the casing.
Step 3: To fill the gaps on the sides, cut several circles in half and arrange them around the edges. Glue these circle halves in place using fabric glue. Note that for the corners you’ll probably need to cut a circle into quarters to align the straight edges with the sides of the pillow case.
Step 4: Row by row glue the felt into place using fabric glue. Trim the sides where necessary.
Step 5: Let dry, slip a pillow inside and display. I love the pop of color on my day bed – perfect for spring!
By switching up the colors you can easily adapt the look to match your own aesthetic.
I’m pretty sure Ariel would go for an ocean blue and seaweed green. How about you?