Pillows are sew easy to make. Plus, it is the one time I think sewing is cheaper. When I bought my new chairs they had these super cute grey wool pillows in the chairs which cost over one hundred dollars. Each. The chairs were only a bit more than twice that. Yikes! I kept that idea in my head and finally made them. Cause I am an all around nice gal, I will show you how I saved about 200.00 dollars! Here is my DIY Fast and easy Pillow tutorial.
First you need a pillow form, or in my case two. I picked them up last time I was power fabric shopping. I had gotten some nubby, heavy, fabulous grey cotton when I was in Portland. The letters I had leftover from my Fabric alphabet project. But you'll need more than that. How about a supply list?
- 1/2 yard fabric per pillow(16" by 20" pillows)
- pillow form
- letters for words you want to spell
- wonder under scraps to attach letters
- scraps of fabric for letters
- thread for attaching letters and sewing pillow
Then I decided what words I wanted and cut out the letters. I had originally wanted BEHAVE but it didn't fit right.
I then laid them out backwards on the wonder under, traced them and cut them out.
See that bit of extra at the bottom? I was glad I had it as I actually traced the "d" as a "b" so I had to redo it!
If the paper starts to peel off prematurely, you can press it again.
If the adhesive is a tiny bit messed up that's fine. It is just going to keep the letters in place while you sew them onto the pillow.
Use a damp pressing cloth, yes mine is baseball fabric. Press over the letters. They will stick pretty nicely.
Just be sure you don't budge them from where you wanted them.
If you do, peel those suckers up and try again!
You can zig zag them on or use the blanket stitch. I used the blanket stitch as these pillows won't be thrown around or used roughly. Nothing will take off a zig zagged letter but blanket stitch looks better. Sew around the outside of each letter slowly.
Now you need the backs.
The width will be the same, 20.5". But the height will be 10" as you want the two back pieces to overlap. If your forms are different size than mine, cut the width the same as the front but the height about 3/4 of the front. You are cutting TWO backs.
I make the overlapping flap pillows but if you want a zipper, go for it!
Each piece needs to be finished on top.
Iron the tops twice about .25" each time. You are encasing the raw fabric top.
Sew the top folded piece down on each back piece.
The right side is the side where the letters are and where you don't see the folded fabric, just the sewing line.
Pin it all together.
Make sure you pin where the fabric edges are so they don't flap down while you are sewing.
You can see where I have one pillow top all pinned and the other one waiting to be pinned.
This actually reads slower than it sews.
Feel as you go so the bottoms stay in place.
When they are all sewn together, clip the corners across diagonally. This will reduce bulk and make your corners flat.
Place the pillow form inside each case.
You might have to fluff them to get it to fit right.
I have even smacked the pillows around!
And there you go, two hundred dollar pillows for about 20.00 bucks!
And they look great on my chairs, I just adore them.
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