Rainbow Roving Pillow DIY

Today is an exciting day for me because this is the first BABY project I’m sharing. Although, to be fair, I would have loved this pillow even before we had baby plans… just for myself.

We partnered with on this project, a new marketplace launched by Etsy specifically for crafters! They have millions of unique supplies available for all types of crafts and lots of craft too! Plus you know you’re supporting small businesses from all around the world when you buy from there—it’s a win win!

One of my New Year’s goals was to take the time to make our future daughter some kind of handmade project every month, whether it be a h doll or a little hat and even a few larger projects like a blanket. This is the second one I’ve completed so far.

This project is doable on any skill level. You don’t need a sewing machine, and I finished mine in just one afternoon.


-pillow (You can use ANY pillow that has a white or light base.)

And one more pic, just because I feel the need to gush over how SWEET these little embroidery scissors are. I mean… wow! Etsy Studio has all kinds of unique supplies!

Step One: Mark off your design with tape on your pillow. This is helpful to just give you the general idea of the shape you want to create. If you use a bunch of small pieces of tape, like I did here, you can pull them off as you sew.

Step Two: Plan out your roving colors by simply laying them out on the taped shape, adjusting them until you are happy.

I went with all pastels because I’m keeping our nursery very light and soft.

Step Three: On the end of each piece of roving, you’ll want to tuck about one inch under, so it gets sewn down under the piece. I left my roving strands uncut until I was ready to trim it off at the end.

Step Four: Stitch the roving down every half inch or so, working your way all the way around the U shape of each color. Oh—and be sure to start from the inside of the rainbow. It’s easier to control your shape that way.

Step Five: When you come to the end of each piece, trim it off about one inch too long, tuck it under and stitch it down.

I know it’s an extra step, but continue to match your embroidery thread to your roving with each new piece. It’s more polished!

Step Six: Repeat, repeat repeat. Keep adding colors until your rainbow is complete.

Done! Isn’t it pretty? I love the texture. It only took me about 2-3 hours to complete this little guy. I’m planning to put it on the glider in our nursery.

I actually almost added tassels or pom poms to the corners but ended up loving it better just plain. You can totally add some to yours if you feel it needs more detail.

Shout out to my DIY assistant who did not leave my side the entire day. She’s very crafty.

I had SO much fun making this pillow. You know how some DIY projects have you cursing up a storm by the end and some have you singing your favorite song… this was one of the good ones. I highly recommend it if you’re in need on an easygoing craft night with a cute result.

This was my first project with roving and it won’t be my last. I can see so many possibilities with it! Thanks so much for reading, you guys. I can’t wait to share my completed nursery with you in just a few months. Augh!! xx -Helen

Credits // Author and Photography: Helen Larson. Photos edited with the NEW . 

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