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How to Sew Accent Pillows



How to Sew Accent PillowsYou'll be surprised how easy these pillows are to make. If you have a sofa or chair that is looking a bit worn, adding some really attractive accent pillows can give the piece a brand new appearance. Pillows are an inexpensive way to express yourself and add life to your interior, so pick a fabulous fabric and start sewing!

Materials:

  • Pillow Form
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Trim
  • Scissors
  • Matching Thread
  • Straight Pins




Directions:

  1. Since virtually any fabric can be used to make a pillow cover, check the cleaning instructions on the end of the bolt of the fabric before purchasing. If you intend to wash the pillow cover you must pre-shrink the fabric and all trims before using.  Many fabrics can be pre shrunk using the washer and dryer. Trims can not be washed in the washer as they will tangle.

  2. To Create the front of the pillow cover, cut one piece of fabric the same size as the pillow form. Because the fabric should fit snuggley over the pillow, your measurement should include a 1/2" seam allowance. (Note: if the pillow is very firm, it may be necessary to add a 1" seam allowance.)

  3. To Create the back of the pillow cover, cut one piece of fabric the same width piece and 4 inches longer than the length of the pillow front. Fold the piece in half lenghwise and cut along the fold. Turn this edge, which measures the same width as the pillow, under 1/4" and press. So that no raw edges will be exposed, turn under again and stitch. Repeat with the other back piece.

  4. Trim attach it now. With raw edges together and beginning in the middle of a side, place the trim so that 1 inch extends beyond the seam allowance and is against the right side of the pillow front. Pin in place. When the ends of the trim meet, the second end should also be extended 1 inch into the seam allowance. Sewing very closely to the trim, we advise using your zipper foot to sew the trim in place.

  5. Lay down the pillow top with the trim side up. With right sides together, lay one half of the pillow back on the pillow front and pin in place. Pin the other half of the pillow back in place. The two pillow backs will overlap each other by 1 1/2 inches. Using the stitching line that attached the trim as a guide, stitch the back and front together.Trim the excess fabric from the corners
    Turn the pillow cover right side out and insert the pillow form. Slip stitched closed if necessary.