Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I was so happy with how these pillows turned out. I am not a master seamstress, but overall, this turned out great. Most of that has to do with the fabric and how cute the designs are. So here are my tips and how-to on adding new, inexpensive pillows to your home.
1. Either use old pillow forms or pick some up from your favorite store. I went to JoAnne's when they were having 50% off their pillow forms.
2. Pick the fabrics you like. The beige designs I found at World Market and they were actually a cotton napkin set. This was actually a super economical way to do pillows and I used a muslin for the back. Make sure to prewash all your fabric so you can wash them down the road without shrinking!
3. Decide the measurements of your pillows. If you have purchased the forms new, the packaging will tell you. Mine were 16"x16", 18"x18", 20"x20". With this in mind, I created my patterns. For my pattern, I chose to build the front 3/4" smaller than the actual pillow so that the fit is tight. For the back, I created two separate pieces that overlapped to create an envelope close. My measurements for the back pieces were:
16x16 - 15 1/4 x 7 & 15 1/4 x 11 (and then adjusted acordingly for the larger sizes)
Sew one of the back pieces to the top of the front (right sides together) and the other back piece to the bottom of the top piece. Still right sides together, sew the edge seams of the pillow (the back pieces should overlap). Your pillow should be complete, just flip it right sides out.
Be creative! I found this slate colored fabric in the JoAnne's remnant bin and it was an extra 50% off. You can use scraps of fabric you have to piece together the front. Make sure when you finish the top piece, it still measures 3/4" smaller than the actual pillow measurement.
For this last pillow, I did the seams on the outside for a scrappier look.
We plan to use these pillows in our upstairs loft. We have dormers and have purchased two of these benches and the pillows will fit just right in that space.
Sweet & Simple!
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