Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Professional looking pillows- Easier than you think! (Part 1)

Hello again.  I don't know if you are like me but I love to decorate with pillows.  They are such an easy way to add color to a room or change up your color scheme.  I generally change out my pillows with the seasons.  for the next few posts, I am going to share some things that I have learned that have really helped to improve my pillow making.  For years I was frustrated with the corners of my homemade pillows.  I called it the "bunny ears syndrome."  Pillow forms never filled out the corners of my pillow.  It was maddening!

Then I was introduced to the DritzHome Pillow Corner Template
.  Hurray!  This little tool really works and is so easy to use.  It comes with great directions and can be used with square or rectangular pillows.
 Here is how it works:
                       1. Cut your fabric the same size as your pillow form.  That's extra for seams!    
                       2. In one corner, position the template with the straight edges lined up with your cut edges.

                       3. Trace around the curved edge of the template and mark the dot where indicated.
                       4. Reposition the template at each of the remaining 3 corners and repeat.
                       5. Cut the fabric on the lines.

Then, with right sides together,  you sew around the edge, taking a 1/2" seam.  Pivot at the dots that you made in the corners.  You can leave an opening in the seam to insert your pillow form and then slip stitch it closed or for some better options...stay tuned.  Next time we will talk about overlapping the back, adding zippers, buttons and ties.  You won't want to miss it!


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