Friday, December 27, 2013

Throw Pillows DIY

I love pillows! I'll buy them if they are on sale, oops I mean clearance. Pillows are a relatively inexpensive accessory to change for a new look when decorating your house. One of my first sewing projects was sewing a pillow. Even if you are a beginner, you can make a pillow. After the holidays are over, I like to redecorate and reorganize my house. So today was day 1 of changing some things around...and changing out some pillows.
This afternoon while looking around at my favorite craft store, I spotted some soft, fluffy material on sale and I knew when I saw it, I would have to make a pillow! My granddaughters found some of their favorite material too so they also made a pillow. (Actually only one of them made the pillow while the other one was hanging out with her friends...kids are so cute!) I usually keep at least one or two bags of filling in my craft room so I only needed the material, $3.00 and $1.50. Depending on the width and the size of your pillow you can usually buy 1/2 yard for a fairly large pillow. Otherwise measure the size of the pillow you want and buy that amount of material.
How to sew a pillow:
  •  Decide the size of the pillow you are going to sew and measure the material and add an inch to each side. 
  • Fold my material in half, right sides together and cut the size you want.
  • I always sew the longest side first and save the shorter sides for last.
  • Sew one of the short sides from end to end.
  • Sew the remaining short sides toward the middle leaving a space just big enough to add the filling for the pillow. I usually leave about 4 inches, enough for your hand and stuffing.
  • Once the pillow is stuffed (don't forget to add a little extra in the corners), hand sew the opening edges together.
  • Fluff your pillow and enjoy!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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