Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days: Day 26 - Pillow

 Today's idea is not really an original, but it can be a nice touch for someone special.  You could use something that has a special value to it like a t-shirt, or bag, or you can use some vintage material, like my chenille bedspread that I have gotten a lot of use out of for gifts.  Hope you aren't getting sick of it, but I really love the look of this bedspread.
 The first thing that I did was cut two sections of the edging of the spread 15 inches wide.  I don't know the width of this, but I went about 1 1/2 inch beyond the trim, so I could show the edge of the trim outside the pillow, rather than hidden in the seam.  Also, I cut two 14x14 inch pieces for the front and back of the pillow.
I hemmed the edge of the trim by 1/2 inch.  I would normally turn it over twice, but because of the bulk, I only turned it once.
 Pin the right side of the trim pieces to the two sides of one of the 14x14 pieces - right side up.  Stitch with 1/4 inch seam - you don't need to back stitch, this would really be a basting, but if you do it 1/4 inch, it won't be seen when you do the regular seams at 1/2 inch.
Now put the other 14x14 inch outside piece of the pillow face to face with the trim and pillow panel.  Sew only the two edges that have the trim on them straight across.  Really, I do have a reason for my madness - I want the trim piece to hang loose and not go in the seam of the pillow.
Pin the corners of the trim pieces in, so that they are out of the way of the side seams.  Stitch on complete side, being careful not to catch the trim piece.  Then sew the other side, leaving an opening in the middle for stuffing. I checked each corner to be sure it turned out right before moving to another side.
This is what you pillow will look like at this stage.  You will turn it right side out now and stuff with fill.
I'm already excited about how cute this will be.  Stuff  away and then handstitch the hole shut.
Voila!  A cute pillow with a vintage look to it.  It will go with just about any decor!

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  1. What a pretty chenille pillow -- I love it!

  2. Now I can see myself giving this decorative pillow to someone this season.


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