Throw Pillows are such a quick and easy way to transform a room. We are so fortunate to have such beautiful fabrics available these days. The colors and patterns are endless and our choices reflect our personal style.
For our Summer themed family room, I chose shades of Blues and Whites in Florals, Stripes and Geometric patterns.
My Pleated Dropcloth Pillow was the starting point for new throw pillows in our family room. I replaced all our throw pillows with feather inserts. We have always had feather pillows for our beds, so why I wouldn't think to have them for our throw pillows is beyond me! There is just no comparison. It's a small but affordable luxury.
Now, let's sew some pillows!
- 20" Feather Insert (measures 20" x 20" square)
- *approx 1 1/2 yards Decorator Fabric
*Pre-wash, dry and press all fabrics to set the dyes and pre-shrink.
- Cut one 21" x 21" panel for the Pillow Front
- Cut two 12" x 21" panels for the Pillow Back
**Supply List and Cutting Instructions are for one pillow.
Pillow Cover Construction using Assembly Line Sewing:
Whenever I sew many of the same item, I use an assembly line method that speeds up the process greatly. In a factory assembly line, the steps involved in creating several of the same item are simply repeated and those parts are advanced down the line to a new station for the next step in the construction. Assembly line sewing is much the same way.
To begin, stack and cut the fabrics per the cutting instructions above.
Begin by hemming your stack of pillow backs. Using a 3/8" Bias Press Bar, fold one of the 21" long sides over the bar and press. If you don't have Press Bars, you can make your own by cutting a strip of card stock (or a manilla file folder) 3/8" wide x approx 11". Fold the pressed fabric back over on itself and press again.
I started out making 4 pillows. My pillow backs (enough for four pillows) are hemmed and ready for sewing.
Turn Pillow Cover right side out. Choose a closure for your pillow backs, such as buttons, snaps or ties. I chose snaps for my pillows as they make it a breeze to remove and replace the covers for washing. Once closure is in place, insert pillow form and you are done!
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