Sewing Throw Pillows

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Happy New Year! My first project of 2016 has been sewing throw pillows. You may recall me mentioning an upholstery project a while back – progress on that is slow going (so many staples!), so I jumped to something else in the meantime. I used the extra upholster fabric to make matching throw pillows. Eventually, the pillows and chair will match and my living room will look less random than it does now. But I went with the pillow project because its fast and easy, and I needed work like that to spring me into the next year.

I have a lot planned for 2016 (including more cosplay), so I wanted to start the year off running.  Here’s how I made my pillows:

Pillow Forms

I sewed my throw pillows in two stages: pillow forms and pillow covers. I could have bought finished forms from the craft store, but those are all stiffer – less comfy when I’m binging on Netflix. Instead, I bought filling and built the forms myself.

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I used a small sheet of quilting flannel I had from another project to make the pillow-form shells. Its soft, sturdy and easy to work with. I cut four rectangles in all, put the right sides together and stitched nearly all the way around the perimeters, leaving a gap for stuffing.

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After filling each pillow with polyester fibers, I used my machine to stitch the gap closed. If these were for the case rather than the forms, I’d have hand stitched the gap closed. However, you won’t see the machine stitch, and it’s faster, so I stuck with that.

I finished the forms in an hour or so . This is a great beginner sewing project – making pillows teaches cutting and sewing in straight lines, and how to stitch a gap closed.

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Pillow Cases

I used upholstery fabric to build my pillow cases – it’s the same fabric I’m using to reupholster a chair.

I thought about using zippers to keep the cases closed, but I didn’t have any of the right size or color on hand, and I didn’t want to go to the store, so instead I created an overlap.

I cut six total rectangles for the cases:

  • 2 rectangles 22-by-17 inches
  • 4 rectangles 13-by-17 inches

Those pieces would create two cases, each of which had one bigger and two smaller rectangles.

I used my serger to finish one edge of the smaller rectangles, then created a seam – this part is overlapping edge.

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I then put the right sides of three pieces together and serged around the circumference. After some ironing, I stuffed the pillow forms inside and, voila! I have lovely throw pillow that will (eventually) match my reupholstered chair.

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