Monday, April 10, 2017

Pink Retro Telephone Pillow

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

The '70s were a colorful decade of avocado appliances and pastel telephones. My family had white and beige wall and desk models in our house, but my grandmother had a pretty pink telephone on her nightstand that I absolutely loved. This little pillow is a tribute to that phone and to all things retro that have become cool again.

To make your own phone pillow, you'll need:
  • Pink retro print fabric, two 11 1/2" x 10" pieces
  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt®: Pink, Shocking Pink, White
  • Pink baby rickrack
  • Pink mini pompom fringe
  • DMC six-strand embroidery floss: 605 Very Light Cranberry, 818 Baby Pink, White, Light Effects E168 Silver
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Buttons: one 1 1/8" white, ten 3/8" clear with glitter

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

Print out the pattern below and size it so the base of the phone is 6" wide. Cut the telephone base and receiver from pink felt. Cut the large circle from white felt, the small circle from shocking pink felt. Sew the white button to the center of the shocking pink circle with white floss. Sew the clear buttons evenly spaced around white button with silver floss. Use cranberry floss and whipstitch to sew the shocking pink circle to the white circle. Use white floss and running stitch to sew the dial to the center of phone base.

Next, pin the receiver onto one piece of the print fabric, centered, so the top edge of the handle is 1 3/4" from the top edge of fabric. Tuck a length of pompom trim under the outer edge of the receiver, pin it in place, and trim away excess. Pin the phone base onto the fabric so bottom edge is 2" from bottom edge and the cradle tabs overlap the receiver slightly. Tuck a length of pompom trim under the outer edge of the receiver base. Cut a 20" piece of rickrack and tuck one end under the receiver and one end under the base, as shown, and pin in place. Sew base and receiver in place using baby pink floss and running stitch, making sure to sew through rickrack. When you've finished stitching, arrange the rickrack "telephone cord" around the phone and tack it in place.

To finish the pillow, pin the appliqued print fabric piece and the backing piece together, right sides facing, and stitch around with 1/4" seam allowance. Leave and opening for turning. Snip the corners and turn the pillow right side out. Stuff it with polyester fiberfill and hand-stitch the opening closed. 

©2017 Kathleen Berlew

All done! Now show it off in your TV room and watch some episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore or your favorite '70s sitcom.

20 comments:

  1. Super, super cute and fun! Pinning to do this for my daughter as she (quickly) approached teen hood. Visiting from Made By You Monday party.

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    1. Hi, Victoria--so glad you stopped by. Good lucky with your stitching and parenting adventures!

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  2. I love this! I'm so glad you included your memories about your grandmother's old telephone. Knowing the backstory makes this project that much more amazing.
    As for me, my parents had a rather ugly beige rotary phone, but I can remember dialing the numbers as a little girl when we'd call my grandparents. I always thought it was so fun and was disappointed when they traded it out for one with buttons. Ah, memories. Thanks for sharing at My Busy Beehive's #beeparty this week! Come again!

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I agree--buttons are definitely disappointing when you've enjoyed the pleasures of a rotary dial lol. Thanks for hosting; I'll definitely be back!

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  3. I love it. And I do remember those telephones. Ours was white, me grandparents' one was black. Pink would have been so fun. We did have a yellow TV set, those were really the days of colored appliances.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week, and happy Easter.

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. Wow, a yellow TV? I am so jealous!

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  4. So, so cute! I made my girls t-shirts like this when they were little!

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    1. Thanks, Lori. I bet those t-shirts were adorable!

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  5. Adorable. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon, and thanks for hosting each week!

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  6. This pillow is so cute. Thank you for sharing your tutorial for this adorable pillow at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party! I am featuring you at the Snickerdoodle party today!

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    1. Thanks again, Sharon--I'm thrilled to be selected as one of your features!

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  7. Love to read comments, either learn something or revisit memories, depending on post subject. This is so great, what an unusual project but so adorable, wonder if grand daughters would like one. I keep forgetting one of them is 20 now, youngest turned 17 week ago Friday, wouldn't want something hoakie from Grama.
    Anymore need to ask as never know what they'll like. Ruins surprises but better that than sour faces if they don't like something, sigh.
    I love different ideas so maybe will make one for myself for our bed. How about a coral colored phone on light green back ground? Will be in digging thru fabrics this next week, what fun. How about apple green gingham and coral phone?
    Happy , happy Easter

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. Coral and green sounds like a pretty combination. Happy stitching!

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  8. Boy did this pillow bring back memories of my 70s bedroom! Love the pink pompom fringe and the rick rack, too! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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    1. Thank you, Lydia. It's nice to meet someone who also has fond memories of pink telephones!

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  9. My niece is staying in a week or so's time and I am going to try this with her...it has all her favourite things, pink, more pink and telephones :)

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    1. It's definitely the "pinkest" project I've ever designed. Enjoy your niece's visit, and have fun sewing together.!

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