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Pillows

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.

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.
Finished Pillows:

Pillows left to right:
Starry Night, TISL, Ocean Blanket
Golden Butterflies, Bella Fleur
Songstress

If you want to make a pillow with an image in the middle (TISL and Songstress) you will also need
  • Inkjet T-Shirt Transfers (Iron On)
  • Iron
  • White Cotton
  • A Computer and Printer
  • Image Editing Software
Ok, now on to the steps.

For Patchwork Styles

  1. 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.
  2. Lie them all out in the way that you want them to appear on the FRONT of the pillow.
    Diagram One
  3. 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.
  4. Now take that piece, and square three, pin square three face down to square two.
  5. Stich that with a 1/4" seam allowance too.
  6. 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.
  7. If you do have a checkerboard (or alternating colours of fabric) congrats. Continue on.
  8. 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.
  9. You should have three strips of alternating colours, and now you can begin to piece together the actual pillow.
  10. 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.
  11. Do the same with row 2 and row three. These squares should line up: 4 & 7, 5 & 8, 6 & 9.
  12. Cut a square of cotton backing fabric the same size as the squares that you have sewn together.
  13. Sew these two large squares faces together, leaving a hole on one side so you can turn the pillow.
  14. Turn the pillow so the side that you want out is facing out, stuff pillow and then hand-stich the opening.
  15. Enjoy!
If you wanted to make a picture pillow
  1. Use the photo software to create a square image that is the same size as your template.
  2. Print the highest quality image you can on to the iron on paper.
  3. Follow the instructions on the paper package to transfer image to the white cotton.
  4. Follow above instructions for the patchwork pillow but replace square 5 with the image and only make four of each colour fabric.

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