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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Spring Narcissus Pillow

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

If winter comes, can spring be far behind? 
Percy Bysshe Shelley 

diy spring narcissus pillow

Dark days of cold dreary winter continue here, accompanied by steady rain. As I stared at the rain spots on the window, I was glad the trees, shrubs, and BULBS were getting the water they need. There are already buds on the Erlicheer narcissus in the front under the oak trees and on the Thalia narcissus on the sloped hillside in the backyard. 

I thought of spring and remembered a pillow I saw online. The pillow was perfect for bringing spring inside now before its official arrival on March 20. Rather than buy that one online, I decided to create a similar do-it-yourself version. 

This is an EASY project that requires no sewing! 

diy spring bulbs panel printed on silk

A somewhat Do-It-Yourself pillow began with a white linen pillow I bought last year from The Findery in Waco. See, no sewing! The advantages of using a pillow I already have are cost, space, and ease. 

The cost of the new pillow design was low in both money and time. Storing the new blue silk panel takes only a little space, much less than the space needed by an entire pillow. And, making just a printed panel was far easier and faster than making a pillow cover with a ruffled edge PLUS the printed panel. 

diy spring bulb pillow uses existing linen pillow for no sew

There was no reason to buy another pillow since the white linen pillow with its ruffled edge was what I envisioned for the new spring bulb pillow. Adding a temporary DIY printed panel to the pillow allows the pillow to be used in its original form later and to have other temporary designs added at other times of the year. 

diy spring narcissus pillow made from small silk fabric remnant

The blue silk fabric was left over from another project and complements the other blues in my house. Slubs in the silk and raw edges add texture. The panel is the size of a sheet of notebook paper, about 8.5"x11". 

Look in the remnants bin at your local fabric store for fabrics that go with your home's color scheme. Instead of using a colored panel on a white pillow, you can also use a white panel on a colored or patterned pillow you already have. 

diy spring narcissus pillow uses shelley quote if winter comes

Choosing this quote was easy. Early blooming bulbs pop open while it is still winter in my area, and the quote is uplifting in its message. Winter can be a depressing time, but spring brings new growth and new life. 

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diy spring narcissus pillow directions explain how to print on fabric

Steps To Create the DIY Spring Narcissus Panel 

🅐 Compose your floral print as a DOCUMENT on your computer. See the Graphics Fairy for spring bulb images. 

🅑 Cut your fabric to fit a Full Page Label.  Press your fabric to the sticky side of the label. 

🅒 Print your floral document on the fabric side attached to the Full Page Label. After printing the fabric panel, remove the fabric from the label. 

🅓 Iron the printed fabric panel to set the ink. Place a clean sheet of paper over the printed panel before ironing to protect your iron from ink. 

🅔 Make a bow from heavy cotton twill ribbon. Cut the ends on a diagonal, and use your fingers to fray the edges. 

🅕 Use a safety pin to attach the bow and panel to the pillow cover. Open the pillow cover, remove the pillow, and attach the safety pin from inside the pillow cover so that it goes through both the floral fabric panel and the center of the cotton twill ribbon. Re-insert the pillow, and close the pillow back. 
The safety pin makes it easy to convert the pillow back to a plain linen pillow. 

diy spring narcissus pillow on a french style chair

During late winter the spring narcissus pillow brightens a French-style chair near the bookshelf I use as an indoor gardening spot. 

white thalia daffodils bloom in late february in north texas

The Thalia daffodil buds in the backyard will open in about a week after receiving all the late winter rains this week. Until then, the spring narcissus pillow reminds me of the flowers to come. 


Soon I hope to be back on a regular schedule for blog posts. Recent events interrupted planned features, including two Valentine posts partially finished, but no longer timely for publication. My head-meets-tree-meets-rock-wall injury is almost completely healed, and was followed by a death in my family. 

Thank you to everyone who sent comforting condolences for the recent loss of my brother in Alabama. He always had a kind heart, helped others, and gave calm and wise counsel when asked. He will be missed by family, friends, former work colleagues, and his church family. He made a difference in so many lives in so many ways. He faced adversity with grace and strength and encouraged others by example to 'play the hand you are dealt.'  A LIFE WELL LIVED.