Make a mountain of mini pillows to pile up and play with (+ giveaway!)

Stitch ’em up and pile ’em high—these pretty little pillows are gonna bowl you over!

Bowl Me Over

The sweet collection of bowl fillers in Bowl Me Over are irresistibly fun to stitch. Thirty projects are a snap to make with Debbie Busby’s easy wool-appliqué techniques, embroidery stitches, and finishing steps.

With a folk-art flair that encourages creativity, you can welcome guests, delight family and friends, and add sweet touches to your decor—simply assemble, arrange, admire, and adore. Or fill pillows with crushed walnut shells and make pincushions instead!

From Bowl Me Over

We’re happy to welcome Debbie Busby of Wooden Spool Designs (and author of Sew Many Notions) back to Stitch This! as a guest writer. She’s here to tell you about writing and creating projects for Bowl Me Over.


Debbie BusbyVisiting my grandmother’s house was always special. As kids, we always looked for bowls around the house filled with candy and nuts. In Bowl Me Over, you can grab those vintage candy dishes and nut bowls and put them back to use by filling them with sweet, tiny pillows to enjoy every day!

The bowl fillers in Bowl Me Over were designed with decorating the home in mind. They bring warmth and texture, making any space feel cozy. Combining wool, cotton, and a little embroidery, these small projects can easily be made in an afternoon or evening, so you also get the reward of a quickly finished project.

Bee Attitudes collection
Bee Attitudes collection

Welcoming guests into my home has always been important to me. Two bowl-filler collections, Our Home and Making a House a Home, are great projects for that purpose. I have a nightstand next to our guest bed, and in its drawer I’ve tucked in a few pillows as a surprise for guests when they open it.

Our Home collection
Our Home collection

Making a House a Home collection
Making a House a Home collection

Other favorite collections of mine are from the Blackboard Blessed and Chalk Talk chapters in the book. I love blackboards with chalk on them! With a little black fabric, some white floss, and a stick of chalk, you can make bowl fillers to bless others with inspirational words or sayings.

Blackboard Blessed collection
Blackboard Blessed collection

Chalk Talk collection
Chalk Talk collection

There are endless possibilities for the projects in Bowl Me Over. They can be used as ornaments and sachets. String them onto twine and hang a few from the mantle. Make them into pincushions or add them around a wreath! I plan to stitch several bowl-filler fronts together to create a larger pillow. And don’t forget to stitch a few extras to give as gifts to family and friends. It’s always fun to get a gift “just because”!


Bowl Me OverThanks for sharing your sneak peek into your new book, Debbie!

We’ve got a copy of Bowl Me Over to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

How would you use your Bowl Me Over pillows?

  • Gifts, gifts, gifts!
  • I would turn them into pincushions.
  • I’d make them into scented sachets.
  • Not sure how I’ll use them yet . . . I just want to make them!

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to stitch these wool-and-cotton cuties with Debbie, purchase Bowl Me Over at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Gail, who says:

“Wow! These are adorable! I’d be making them into all three–definitely gifts, sachets would be wonderful (also as gifts) and pincushions (can never have too many)!!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Gail—congratulations!


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