Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throw Pillow Tutorial

Hello sewers, sewists and sewistas!

Let's celebrate the 3 day weekend with a quick throw pillow tutorial, shall we? Throw pillows are one of my most popular classes at Sew because they are quick, easy and a great way to add a little fashion to any room. I hope you give it a try and add some of your own touches like brooches, buttons, printed canvas or what ever else inspires you.

Here is what you are going to need: (for an 18” pillow)

  • 18” Pillow form
  • ½ yard cotton, canvas, outdoor or denim fabric
  • 20” all purpose zipper

Step 1- cut 2 18”x18” squares

Step 2- zipper installation

Place one piece of your fabric face up, and zipper pull down

Align raw edge and sew using your zipper foot and a stitch length of 3. 

Repeat with other side, making sure to keep right sides together. 
Make sure to test your zipper to make sure it slides freely. 

Lastly, secure the fabric on each side of the zipper. 

I switch to my regular sewing foot and keep the left side of the foot on the zipper, this helps me make a little stitch about 1/8 of an inch from the zipper to ensure the the fabric won't roll in the zipper's path. Repeat on each side, retest your zip and pat yourself on the back for installing a zipper!

Step 3 - Sew up the sides

You are almost done, and it is very important to unzip your zipper about 3/4 of the way right now. 

Place right sides together and sew a 1/2" seam allowance on the 3 open sides.

Clip your top corners

Turn it inside out and place your pillow form inside and Viola! Your pillow is complete.

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