While flipping through home magazines, don’t you wish you could have those designer pillows that would look stunning on your living room furniture? Or what about the super comfortable pillows that will give you a great night of sleep and set the mood for your bedroom? The only problem is that these pillows cost a lot of money. A set of pillows for your bedroom and living room could add up to be a couple hundred of dollars. Now, you can invest in these pillows or you can make them yourself. That’s right. You do not have to be a professional seamstress to make pillows, there are very few materials that you need and making your own pillows is extremely economical. Oh yeah, it is also very easy to do!
What Do You Need to Make a Pillow?
There are very few materials that you need to make a pillow. The basic supplies that you will need include: fabric, scissors, a sewing machine, thread, tape measure, hand needles and straightening pins. Other supplies that you may want to have handy are an iron and an ironing board. If you are experimenting, then you may want to have appliqués, zippers, fringe, trim, beads or anything else you may want to design your pillow with.
After you are finished sewing the pillow you will need to have stuffing handy so that you can fill your pillow up with the good stuff.
Types of Pillow Patterns
Many pillows have the same basic structure. The only real variable is how you close the pillow and the accessories you use on it. Many people do not even need patterns and can design their own pillows. However, if you see a particular home pillow in a magazine you may want to find a pattern that will show you the exact measurements and design to sew this pillow.
You can find many free patterns online. Some of the pillow patterns that you can find include: specialty pillows, novelty pillows, holiday pillows, body ache pillows, embellishing pillows, edging pillows and pillow covers.
When you get started, try to find a large, flat working space. This will help you to arrange your fabrics and accessories. Start your project by cutting the fabric out in a square or rectangle piece of the desired size that you want. Cut an identical piece. Use your straightening pins to pin together the two pieces of fabric with the right side of the fabric facing inwards and lining up the edges of the two pieces. With a one inch seam allowance, begin to sew your pillow edges in a straight line and turn at the corners, always allowing the one inch seam allowance. When there is only about three inches left to sew, back stitch and leave the 3 inch opening. Turn the fabric inside out so that you can now see the right side of the pillow. Proceed to stuff the pillow with your desired stuffing. You can then close up the rest by a hand stitch, a zipper, buttons or fusion.
You can play around with your pillow designs so that you make your own custom made pillow. There are many additional features you can add such as tassels, buttons, beads, fringe and ruffles.
If you want a professional pillow, find a sewing project pattern online or buy one when you go to your local fabric store.
Make a Pillowcase
You can find a lot of sewing guides for beginners on this. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and mark with a dressmaker's pen four inches from the end that you plan to leave open. Place the fabric in the sewing machine and, starting at your mark, stitch the long side. Continue the seam around the short end, ending at the fold. Turn the raw, open edge over at one inch and iron a crease all the way around. Stitch the hem, you can add embroidery if desired.