Monday, June 07, 2010

How to Sew Pillows

How to make pillows 

So remember how I confessed a little while back that I don't know how to sew?  Well, I'm making an effort this year to learn how.  I figured I'd start with an easy project to get me going.  So here you have it, a step by step tutorial on how to sew your own pillows.




1.  Gather your supplies: Scissors (straight & pinking for raveling fabrics), measuring tape, pins, pillow stuffing, and a seam ripper.

Cut fabric

2. Cut your fabric {I did 21"x21" square pillows for the green ones & 13"x19" for the patterned pillow} 

Pin fabric together

3. Pin the fabric together {Have the inside of the pillow fabric facing out}


Sewing pillows

4. Sew three sides completely {leaving about 1/3" on the edge}


Leave opening

5. On the fourth side, leave enough room to flip the pillow inside out and stuff it {about 3"} 

Tie off opening

6. Tie off the ends near the opening. 

Cut corners

7. Cut the corners diagonally so the corners will lay correctly. 

Flip pillow inside out

8. Flip the pillow inside out. 


9. I used a seam ripper to help the corners lay correctly. 

Stuff pillows

10. I added the rosettes and then stuffed the pillow. 

Sew pillow closed

11. Close the pillow using the machine or a whip stitch

How to make bed pillows 

For my first official sewing project, I'm feeling pretty good.  And as a bonus, my bedroom is looking even more complete.  I will keep sharing my progress of the room with you.  Be patient with me as I hunt for accessories and wall hangings!  {These last couple weeks have been a doozy}.

Hope you're having a great Monday.  Are you working on any fun sewing projects lately?


Catherine said...

This is the perfect jump-start I needed to get started on my own pillow-sewing project. And I love the green fabric. Can you tell me what it is?

Donna said...

The colors you picked are so light and lovely. I just picked up some fabric from IKEA to make new sofa pillows. They are such a quick fix to add a fresh decorative touch. Thanks for sharing!

deb said...

Catherine- so good to hear! I'm not sure what the fabric is as I purchased it off the clearance rack at JoAnn's. I made sure to purchase a heavier upholstery fabric so it would lay nicer and be easier to sew. Good luck with your pillows!

Donna- thank you so much!!

Oomph Online said...

Absolutely charming! Pillows are such a great way to breathe new life into a space.