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Monday, November 17, 2008

Pillows Made from Leftover Upholstery Fabric

I've been busy working through the pile of upholstery fabric I received last week. The other day you saw some of the tote bags I had made. I picked up some pillow forms from Michael's and made some pillows that I'd like to show you today.

Pillows Made from Leftover Upholstery FabricThis pillow is made with a 14 inch square form and a piece of fabric that was not quite big enough to use for anything else. It was square, so I put the pillow form in the middle of it turned on point and folded the points of the fabric up to the middle of the pillow. I sewed the first three seams, then measured to see if it would be too big for the form, which it was. So I stitched about a half inch seam all around the outside of the newly formed square thus making the inside pocket for the pillow form smaller and creating a little edge on the pillow. Then I squeezed the form into the last opening and stitched it closed using a blind stitch and heavy duty quilting thread. I sewed a button to the center front and another to the center back, going back and forth between the two a few times to pull in the middle a bit.

Pillows Made from Leftover Upholstery FabricYou can't really see all four seams too well in either picture, but there is a seam going from each corner to the middle of the front of the pillow. So I sort of made an envelope out of the fabric square and then stitched it closed after adding the pillow form through the last opening. The colors of this fabric are very rich, but a little dark. I'm sure someone at the Holiday Fair will think it is just perfect for their bed or chair or living room sofa.

Pillows Made from Leftover Upholstery FabricThis fabric is quite heavy and a crazy mix of navy blue and some greens in an odd cross-hatch sort of design. I used an 18 inch square pillow form for this one and added some navy blue loopy kind of trim around the outside to dress it up a little.

Pillows Made from Leftover Upholstery FabricFor the back panel of this one, I overlapped two pieces of hemmed fabric so that the pillow cover could be removed for cleaning. You can see the line that looks like a seam going from the edge towards the middle of the pillow. That is the hemmed edge of the outside overlap piece. This is a nice way to make a pillow with trim on the edges because you can stitch up the entire outside edge with the right sides together and still have an opening to turn the pillow cover right side out. I love a project that doesn't require any fussy finishing like hand stitching openings!

So that is what I've done so far with the pillow forms I purchased. Next time I'll show you what else I've created with my extensive selection of beautiful upholstery fabrics. Here's a hint: Did I ever mention that I love Bags?

Happy Stitching!

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  • Mary Grace,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful comment you left on my blog. I absolutely LOVE those pillows. I wish I could sew. I'm a yarn girl, what can I say. :)


    By Blogger Tonka, At November 17, 2008 at 9:14 PM  

  • I have an urge to have a pillow fight ... you bring the pillows, I'll get the popcorn! :D

    Love the pillows! Everything looks perfectly finished!

    BTW - your cover wasn't too big by accident - that was a design decision so you could put FLANGES on it!!! ;)

    By Blogger Sandra :), At November 17, 2008 at 11:50 PM  

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