How To Make A Simple Pillow

Man oh man have I been busy!!! Our daughter came to visit last week and  we had a great time together but with all the business I didn’t blog anything. 

I did however make a pillow on Thursday out of some new fabric I just bought at Printers Alley. I want to re-do one of my bedrooms in a bring but new color for me. I have mostly golds and greens in my house and I am getting ready to add some blue.

Items needed:

  • Sewing machine
  • fabric ( I needed 1 and 1/2 yards for a 20×20 pillow)
  • thread
  • piping (optional)
  • sisccors
  • pins
  • measuring tape or stick

I first had to decide how big my pillow was going to be. I choose 20×20 with piping.

Cut one piece of fabric in a 20×20 square.

Then cut the back of the pillow out. To have enough fabric to make the envelope style pillow I add 10 inches of fabric to my back piece. So the back piece is 20×30. Watch for your pattern fabric and make sure you cut it the same as the front.

I then take the 20×30 piece and fold it in half as close to perfect as I can. The cut it in half. Now you should have two 20×15 pieces. I always put a pin on the edge that I cut  so I know where to sew next.

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Now that the fabric is cut you need to decide if you want piping. I did add piping to this pillow. Take the 20×20 piece and sew the piping on. Place the fabric color side up and the piping raw side out. See below:

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Never start sewing on a corner and when you start to put your piping on leave a little extra hanging off so when you join the two pieces it will be almost invisible. See below:

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Sew as close to the line on the piping as possible.

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When going around the corners it will help to cut the piping a little so it will turn with your sewing:

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This is what your pillow front should look like.

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And now to the back of your pillow. Remember when I said to pin the side you cut…..well now sew a 1/8 inch hem in that piece on that side. I don’t usually pin that….I just eyeball it.  Do both pieces the same.

Next, take your measuring tape and on the same side fold over to make a 2 inch hem. I do pin this hem and iron it down. The ironing is optional. 

Then head back to the sewing machine and sew the 2 inch hem.

The last thing to do is pin your fabric together to make a pillow. Put the raw edge on the outside. The two pieces of fabric will cross over each other.  

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Make sure you pin color on color and that the patterns are the correct way. Go back to the machine to sew it together. I always go back over the area where the pillow cover opens to make sure it is extra strong there.

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Make sure to push your corners out good when you inside out the fabric.

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This is the back:

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And now you have a pillow cover. I had a 20×20 pillow insert that I had a purchased at the fabric store and it fit perfectly!

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Next I will make panels for this room and maybe a bedspread. I will do before and after pics so you can see how easy it is to change a room! Please leave a comment or question if you need help with this project.

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