What can I say about throw pillows except that in my opinion, contrary to most male opinions, more is better than less.
I love to lean back into luxurious, feathery, comfort.
I only have eight a couple on my bed. Sad, I know. I think I need to add more.
I think the Silverfox really deprives me of things sometimes.
Um,not even close.
He spoils me rotten but don’t tell him I told you so.
I probably could squeeze in a few more.
Just kidding, Silverfox!
I could feel you starting to sweat.
Sewing Throw Pillows is the easiest and quickest first project if you are new to sewing.
I am going to teach you an even easier method than the standard pillow sewing method.
Throw Pillow Envelope Tutorial
20 x 20 pillow
There are only 4 seams to sew and that is it. Yay!
1. Wash and Iron your Fabric. This is very important. Do NOT skip this step ironing haters!
I purchased 54 inch wide Waverly fabric. Your fabric does not have to be fancy Designer Brands but for the measurements to work out it does need to be at least 54″ wide. Mine came from Jo-Ann Fabrics.
Jo-Ann, the Silverfox and I have a love/hate relationship triangle thing going on.
I love her store, the Silverfox hates how much money she sucks out of our wallet.
He threatens to banish me from her presence but I say-“No way, Jose’. “
“I will love her store to the day I die.”
“Seriously, you are so melodramatic about things. It is just a fabric store.”
It is the thing bad romance novels are written about.
And so it continues.
For 2 – 20 x 20 pillows I purchased 1-1/3 yards. That gives you enough yardage for fabric shrinkage.
Wash it just like you would any other linen or sheet. I know a lot of designer fabric says “dry-clean” only but if fabric is going to make it in my house it has to be able to stand up to abuse and lots of washing! So, if it’s going to shrink it needs to do it before I sew it into something. That’s my theory. Please don’t write to me and say that your fabric is toast because I told you to wash it. I am just telling you what I do. I do a lot of things that “tags” say not to do.
I don’t follow directions very well. Ask the Silverfox.
He saves me from myself ALOT!
2. Fold the fabric so the selvage ends are together. Square/Cut-off the ragged end of the fabric.
In the example below you fold on the side with the colored numbers and the white band. You cut on the uneven and probably rough, thread-loose side of the fabric.
3. Make sure your fabric is square on your mat. Measure across 22 inches and cut.
This gives you one inch seam allowances for your 2 side seams.
What makes this an envelope style pillow is that there is only one piece of fabric that you are working with the entire time. You will be folding it up like an envelope later on.
4. Back to the Ironing Board. Turn the “short” side of the fabric over 1 inch and Iron.
5. Now turn over 2 1/2 inches and iron again. Your hem is ready.
Make sure you do this on both sides-opposite of one another.
6. Ready, Set, Sew. Now sew your two hems that you just ironed.
7. Great Job! Now you take it back to the mat and set the width. Set it to 20 inches or whatever your pillow form width is.
I should of taken a picture of what it looked like before laying on the mat. It looks like one long piece of material with two hems on each end. It looks really weird. That is normal. Yours looks weird too. Perfect!
8. Now that you have the width that you want your pillow to be, pin it into place so it doesn’t move out of place when you sew, unless you are a pin hater too.
If you are I can’t help you then. You are on your own. You project might go all haywire on you then. You have been so warned you crazy thing.
9. Sew your 2 side seams. My seams were 1 inch each according to the amount that I allowed for when I cut out the fabric.
10. This is a little tip to give you a nice crisp corner when you turn your pillow inside out.
Clip the excess fabric off of the corners before turning.
See example. Be careful not to nick the seam of the pillow though. If you accidentally do, just go over it again with your machine to secure it.
Lastly, go back to the ironing board and iron it nice and crisp.
You can now fill it with the insert that you purchased for yourself or someone else.
Or if you are like me and are an Ikea hoarder collector and have twenty a few of these 20 x 20 feather inserts laying around you might want to use these babies.
Fill your new fabric pillow covers with these soft, feathery delights!
You can’t beat the price either $5.99.
What! I love Ikea!
I wish I could be an affiliate sales person for them. I could make the serious bucks!
There she is. All stuffed up. Isn’t that fabric pretty?
That fabric is from the Kelly Rippa fabric line.
Who knew Kelly Rippa had a fabric line? Maybe you did. I didn’t.
Gorgeous line of fabrics that all coordinate together.
Right next to the Nate Berkus line of fabrics. I love that man! He designs some fabulous things. Don’t get me started!
I hope you thought that tutorial was as easy as I thought it was. It literally took me longer to take pictures than it did to sew the pillows.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comment box below.
Happy Sewing, Friends!
In all honesty, these beautiful pillows aren’t even for me…..this time.
They are for a beautiful birthday girl that I hope is not reading this post until after her birthday.