Vintage 60s Five Fabulous Felt Flower Petal Pillows!

Could anything be more FAB than these crafty felt petal pillows from 1963?  This McCall’s pattern (#6751) is just so delicious that I just may have to break out of my no-sewing comfort zone to try making them!

I was thrilled when I found this stunning pattern.  It features “Five Felt Petal Pillows” or “P.J. Hide-Aways” (am I the only one who remembers P.J. Hide-Aways from the 60s?  A staple for every young girl’s bedroom).

It has designs for six types of flowers; chrysanthemum, rose, poinsettia, oriental lily, carnation, and zinnia (however, the poinsettia and oriental lily look suspiciously similar).  They are all so beautiful and bright in that mod 60s kind of way.  Made in felt, of course.  Does anyone make anything in felt anymore?  It was surely everywhere back in the day.

What is even more fascinating, is that while the pattern is uncut, a page torn from a magazine showing the pillows actually made up was included.  I love finding these pieces of ephemera that add depth to the original piece.  It seems as though someone was quite taken with the pillows shown, bought the pattern, put the page in the pattern…and then never made the pillows.  Oh yes, I can relate!

They sure look cheerfully adorable on those girly 60s bedroom sets.  And I’m sure they would look just as cheerfully adorable now, 49 years later!

~Marilyn Huttunen


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