Decorative pillows add a finishing touch to any room. Today’s home decor market has many offerings ranging in price from budget friendly to couture. Sewing your own can save you money and/or allow you to create a custom pillow that will add that perfect accent to your home.
Today I want to show you a very basic sewing tutorial, one that you can use to create your own custom designs. This is a quick and easy pillow to make. The design is very simple and many times simple is best. If you are new to sewing, my best advice is to be patient and don’t get in a hurry!
-Measuring tape or ruler
-Straight pins (I like the kind with the plastic ball on the end)
-Bag of pillow stuffing (not pictured)
You will place one piece on top of the other, with the right sides of your fabric facing each other. The right side of your fabric will the decorated side or the side of your fabric that you want to show. Next, pin along the edges about every 2″ or 3″. On the bottom of the pillow, leave the middle unpinned. You will not sew across this section, so that you can fill it with stuffing later.
Take the fabric to your sewing machine. Beginning at the bottom of the pillow, where your opening will be, place the fabric under the presser foot and drop the lever down so that the foot is secure against your fabric. You will want to place it so that the needle is about 1/2″ away from the edge of your fabric. Begin sewing, by taking 3-4 stitches. Stop and use your reverse button and take 3-4 stitches in reverse. Sew along the edge, stopping to take each pin out before it goes under the presser foot. Continue sewing until you get to the corner…
then stop the machine, lift the presser foot and turn the fabric. Make sure that your needle is approximately 1/2″ from the edge. Sew down this side. Don’t forget to drop the presser foot back down before you begin sewing again. Continue this process until you get back to the bottom edge stopping at your last pin. Back stitch 3 or 4 stitches. Remember, this will leave an opening for stuffing.
Thread a needle with thread and tie a knot at the end of the thread. This is a difficult technique to show using a still camera so I recommend viewing this video, by MonkeySee.com, explaining how to thread a needle and tie a knot.
After the last knotting stitch, pull the thread tight and trim the excess thread with your scissors. Your pillow is now finished. Here is another video, by MonkeySee.com, showing how to sew this type of stitch. A different kind of end knot is shown too.
Many home textile elements are constructed using basic straight stitch sewing. Curtains, duvets, pillows, and table runners are just a few examples. You may find what you are searching for in home decor stores, but you may not. If you haven’t found that perfect pillow for your room, why not give this tutorial a try. With so many beautiful fabrics on the market, you are sure to create something spectacular!
P.S. Feel free to ask questions or let me know if there is a part of this tutorial that isn’t clear. I would also love to hear from you if you use this tutorial and create your own design!
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