Saturday, November 13, 2010

Just one more beautiful pillow.

Yes, this is another tutorial on a pillow for my bedroom. I can't help it, I was on a kick and actually had some black fabric to use up, I never have black fabric.

My pillow was 14 x 14 so I cut two black fabric squares 15x 15.

I have this really cute sheer fabric below that I've been itching to use for months now. It was $1.50 a yard when I purchased it and I've had it on the top of my fabric stash ever since, just waiting for a project. I cut a rectangle out of it that measured 7.5''x16''.

If you're making a different size pillow then take one side measurement and divide it in half, that'll be the length of your short side of your rectangle. Now, for the long side measurement just add 1'' to however long your pillow is. Mine was 15'' so I just my rectangle 16'' long. Make sense? I hope so. It seemed a lot harder to try and type it clearly.

(sorry for the crummy photos). Now, I add a zipper to all my pillows so I can wash them easily, but you don't have to. If, however, you decide to add in a zipper do so first then move on to the step below.

On the front side of your pillow, on the right side of the fabric pin you contrasting or decorative fabric to the front of your pillow about 3'' down from the top edge.
Even though your contrasting fabric is an inch longer than your pillow make sure you pin BOTH of the contrasting fabric edges to the edges of the pillow fabric. You want it to be loser in the middle.

Once that is sewed on, turn your pillow right sides together and sew up all edges. If you add in a zipper make sure you remember to open your zipper a few inches before you sew your sides and bottom shut for turning inside out. If you opted out of using a zipper than just leave a few inches open for turning your pillow right side out and then hand stitch it closed after you stuff it.

Now take a strip of fabric about 1'' wide by 12'' long and slip it under the contrasting fabric, right in the middle and tie a knot. You'll be left with a beautiful, quick and easy bow pillow that adds a neat elegance wherever it's placed. I loved my bedroom before but with the addition of these new pillows, I'm in mad love.

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


Laura said...

This turned out great!

Thanks for linking up. And don't forget to enter my along for the ride: designs giveaway!

AllieMakes! said...

That pillow turned out great! I love the whimsy!
You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

Cheri said...

Very cute! I want to start putting zippers in my pillows......working on getting over the roadblock in my head. Thanks for the inspiration!