Amalia Tillman Pillow November 21st, 2018 - 07:19:54
The throw pillow is a great DIY project for all sewing levels. There are many different styles of pillows, but today I'm going to make a basic, throw pillow. That's sewn closed. So, let's get started, the materials you'll need are one yard of fabric. This is HGTV turtle. Shell turquoise a pillow form I'm using an 18 by 18 inch down pillow a ruler scissors, a hand sewing needle a fabric marker pins and thread. First, I'm going to cut two panels for the front and back of the pillow. My pillow form is 18 by 18 inches, but I'm going to make a cover one inch smaller, to create a nice full looking pillow. So I want the finished dimensions of the cover to be 17 by 17 inches. I'm going to use a 1/2 inch. Seam allowance on all sides, so add an inch to those measurements and cut to 18 by 18-inch pieces.
If you're working with a patterned fabric pay attention to which part of the pattern you want to see and if you want it, centered align the two squares of fabric with the right side spacing and pin them together. I'M going to sew around the edges of the pillow, leaving a large opening at the bottom about two inches in from the corners using a half inch. Seam allowance starts sewing at one end of the opening back stitch to lock in the stitches. When you get half an inch from the corner, leave the needle in the fabric, lift the presser foot and pivot 90 degrees, then lower the presser foot and continue sewing around the pillow until you get back to the bottom and so the final two inches back stitch. Again and raise the needle and presser foot next trim all four corners to remove extra bulk, cotton and angle close to the stitches without cutting into them.
Then turn the pillow cover right side out, use your finger or something with a point to push the corners. All the way out lay the cover flat and iron, the edges of the fabric under half an inch at the opening, now insert the pillow form and arrange it until it fills out the cover. Finally, I'm going to hand Stitch the open and closed using an invisible stitch thread the needle and make a knot at the end, I'm doubling up the thread for extra strength, bring the needle up through one of the ironed edges, so the knot is hidden then go to the opposite side and slide the needle through the top of the fold, so you pick up a little bit of fabric next, go directly across to the other side and do the same thing repeat this a couple more times. The trick to this stitch is when you go from side to side go straight across, so the thread is perpendicular to the folds. The thread will start to look like the rungs on a ladder when you pull the thread top, the stitches will disappear. Continue this process down the opening, pulling the thread top every couple of stitches when you get to the end, pick up a bit of fabric like before this time bring the needle through the loop of thread. So you form a knot, then repeat this going through the knot.