Stevie often talks about all her pillows that she has around her house, in her bedroom, wherever. Because pillows are so easy to make, I thought I'd give you all some ideas that maybe you didn't think of at first.
If you want to make a pillow with an image in the middle (TISL and Songstress) you will also need
You will need
- Remenants (I go to Wal*Mart and dig)
- Cotton fabric for backing
- Matching Thread
- Sewing Machine or Needle
- A template for cutting squares (Usually 3"x3" or 4"x4")
- Cotton Stuffing
- Scissors and all that other stuff one usually needs while sewing.
Ok, now on to the steps.
- Inkjet T-Shirt Transfers (Iron On)
- White Cotton
- A Computer and Printer
- Image Editing Software
For Patchwork Styles
If you wanted to make a picture pillow
- Take your template for SQUARES and cut out 4 of one style fabric and 5 of another (for patchwork styles). Cut them out perfectly, if not, the squares will not line up right.
- Lie them all out in the way that you want them to appear on the FRONT of the pillow.
- Now, take squares one and two, place face together and pin. Stich with a 1/4" seam allowance. This is important, if you don't use a consistent seam allowance, your squares will not line up nicely in the finished pillow.
- Now take that piece, and square three, pin square three face down to square two.
- Stich that with a 1/4" seam allowance too.
- Check to make sure that when you un pin everything you have a single strip of fabric with the start of a checkerboard, if not, you have a problem, go back.
- If you do have a checkerboard (or alternating colours of fabric) congrats. Continue on.
- Do the same thing with the next two rows, but make it be with squares 4, 5 and 6 and then squares 7, 8, and 9.
- You should have three strips of alternating colours, and now you can begin to piece together the actual pillow.
- Now, being VERY careful, pin the first two strips together, so the squares are still alternating. Square one against square 4, 2 and 5, 3 and 6. Stich this with a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Do the same with row 2 and row three. These squares should line up: 4 & 7, 5 & 8, 6 & 9.
- Cut a square of cotton backing fabric the same size as the squares that you have sewn together.
- Sew these two large squares faces together, leaving a hole on one side so you can turn the pillow.
- Turn the pillow so the side that you want out is facing out, stuff pillow and then hand-stich the opening.
- Use the photo software to create a square image that is the same size as your template.
- Print the highest quality image you can on to the iron on paper.
- Follow the instructions on the paper package to transfer image to the white cotton.
- Follow above instructions for the patchwork pillow but replace square 5 with the image and only make four of each colour fabric.