Sewing Designer Pillows

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Sewing Designer Pillows

  1. 1. Neckroll Pillow
  2. 2. Create your design with stripes and angles
  3. 3. Design Fabric Trim Cost $$$ Fabricating Sewing Techniques
  4. 4. Pillow Design  Gone are the days when a pillow was a simple sack of feathers used to rest one’s head at night.  Today pillows come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and fabrics.  Pillows are used in mostly for interior design purposes.  If you’re looking for the perfect pillow touches to finish off a lovely space in your home, consider buying or making some artfully designed accent pillows.
  5. 5. Pillow Design – Brighten & Soften  Use pillows wherever you want to see a little more softness and a splash of color or some added texture.
  6. 6. Pillow Design – Improve look of your furniture  If you have a sofa or a chair that is starting to look warn, adding some accent pillows can give a piece a whole new appearance
  7. 7. Pillow Design – Select your fabrics Sewing your own pillows, you’ll need Fabric for the front, the back and the trim. Trim is used for decoration and to erase seams. Even if you don’t have another fabric that matches, you can always find something to match later.
  8. 8. Pillow Design Use Fabrics with Sentimental Value  Many people crate pillows with a special meaning by incorporating specific fabrics like pieces of a wedding dress, a baby blanket or a grandmother’s drapery.  This is a nice alternative to storing these items away and never seeing them again.
  9. 9. Pillow Design – For A Low Price  Pillows are an inexpensive way to express yourself and to add to your interior, so sketch some designs, pick out fabric and start sewing!
  10. 10. Pillow Design – Natural Fillings  Natural pillows tend to feel more comfortable and durable than synthetic kind, and allows you to re-fluff the pillow. Ultra Poly Down 50% poly & 50% 10/90 down 25% Down and 75% Goose Feather
  11. 11. Pillow Inserts •Always fill your pillow with a quality pillow form. •Your pillow will look only as good as the pillow form inside . •White Goose Down and Feather is my first choice. New Down Essence : The Ultimate Down Alternative Ultra Poly Down: Miracle Blend of 10/90 white goose down & feather combined with ultra resilient poly blend. White Goose Down and Feather: Super-sanitized, hypo-allergenic, blended for maximum natural loft and softness
  12. 12. Pillow Inserts Poor Quality Pillow Inserts Balls of polyester/Dacron stuffed in a paper like cover. What size should you purchase? The pillow insert should be 2 inches larger than the pillow cover. A to small insert will look sloppy and not retain it’s shape A oversized form will make wrinkle marks that will come through the pillow cover. Over stuffing will put stress on the pillow and make it hard looking.
  13. 13. Cutting Out the Pillow Designing a pillow is a great way to use scraps and small pieces of high-end designer fabrics. T0 cut cost of trim and labor, I leave the back of the pillow plain. This allows you to have a reversible pillow
  14. 14. Cutting Out the Pillow Use a Sew Fit cutting mat and a rotary cutter. The Sew Fit Translucent Pin-able Cutting Mat can also accommodate pins. 24” x 36” is $32 40” x 60” is $72 Each Mat is full grid on all Four sides cm/inches, with true bias lines. 60”mm olfa Rotary cutter
  15. 15. Cutting Out the Pillow How to Prevent Dog Ear Pillows
  16. 16. Cutting Out the Pillow Finish Pillow Size 20” x 20” Pillow Insert size is 22”x 22” Cut size for fabric 19” X 19” Lay fabric on to cutting table with right sides together Determine center of design for placement of the pillow Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut your fabric to size.
  17. 17. Cutting Out the Pillow Cutting of the corners to prevent DOG EARS! Laying the ruler ¼” down from the edge and place It to the center of the fabric Trim off ¼” on each corner, starting in the middle so that the corners curve in. This will give the illusion of a square when sewn together
  18. 18. Cutting Out the Pillow Measurements from 11quot; to 30quot; at 1quot; increments. Made of a heavy duty, transparent, plastic material which allows a design to be centered exactly where it is needed. Designed for making square pillows only. Eliminates quot;Dog Ears Made of heavy duty, transparent plastic material which allows a design to be centered exactly where it is needed. Template is designed for making square, round or rectangular pillows. Template has printed measurements drawn in 1quot; intervals, from 10quot; to 24quot;. Allows you to center on any fabric before cutting
  19. 19. Cutting Out the Pillow Eliminating Misshapen Corners To make professional looking, tailored corners on pillows that have corners sewn at right angles, slightly taper the fabrics raw edges at the corner as shown below. Cut away ½ inch on each corner with a gradual angle towards the center of the pillow. Cut this angle on all corners.
  20. 20. Cutting Out the Pillow Cutting your pillow is easiest when using a Sew Fit cutting mat and a rotary cutter. As a professional we want to save time cutting and sewing. Not having to measure for every pillow that I make just saves time. The Sew Fit Translucent Pin-able Cutting Mat—Soft Mats that can accommodate pins. Each Mat is has a full grid on all four sides.
  21. 21. Sewing Decorative Accents on Pillows
  22. 22. Sewing Decorative Accents on Pillows
  23. 23. Sewing Decorative Accents on Pillows
  24. 24. Sewing Decorative Accents on Pillows •Great Way to add accent fabrics to your room •Always match color of thread when stitching trim and braids •Always finish and serge pillow seams before sewing the pillow •Inserts can be added by stitching on the top side of the pillow •You can use adhesive tape to attach the decorative accent
  25. 25. Sewing Decorative Accents on Pillows
  26. 26. Sewing Decorative Accents on Pillows
  27. 27. Invisible Zippers High-end designer pillows are sewn with invisible zippers. The invisible zipper is hidden in the seam which creates a beautiful finished pillow. Place zipper teeth next to decorative welt cord (zipper tape should line up with selvage edge of pillow). Stitch zipper to fabric with a basting stitch
  28. 28. Invisible Zippers Roll teeth flat (open) and stitch in the ditch as close as possible to zipper teeth without stitching the teeth. Start and stop stitching about 2” from each end of the pillow.
  29. 29. Invisible Zippers With right sides together pin zipper in place at the bottom of the pillow back matching outside edges of the pillow. (Open zipper at this time).
  30. 30. Invisible Zippers
  31. 31. More Beautiful Pillows
  32. 32. Sew in the Sun Home Décor Sewing www.HomeFashionsU.com www.ShopHome4U.com Phoenix, AZ

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