Published at Friday, September 14th 2018. by Sylvia Bird in Decorative Pillows.
Lay out your fabric on a flat surface. Using a ruler or measuring tape, draw two squares that are the size you ultimately want PLUS an extra 1 - 1/2 inches. Carefully cut them out with your scissors and lay them on top of each other with the outsides facing in. (You are going to sew your pillow inside-out and then reverse it to hide the stitching.) Pin the two pieces of fabric together by inserting a pin about every 2-3 inches.
Making pillows: squares, circles, rectangles, ovals, and bolsters are all the most obvious pillow shapes. You don‘t need to stop there; you can make any shape you want. There are even pillows that store blankets! There are so many possibilities; it‘s a good thing that you don‘t have to pick just one! You can even choose to have pillows in the shape of Sponge Bob, Dora, Monsters or any of your other favorite characters.
Feather down bolster pillow forms are available in various mixed percentages of feather & down like 95/5, 90/10, 75/25/ or 50/50. In the first mixed percentage i.e. 95/5, the first number (95) is the percentage of feathers, and the second number (5) is the percentage of down. Same is for the other feather down mixed percentages. Out of the different sizes of these some of them are 6˝-diameter-x-14, 8˝-diameter-x-17 & 9˝-diameter-x-20.
You might have even looked at your own bed and thought how great it would look with some decorative pillows - maybe you even tried this yourself but couldn‘t quite achieve the look that you see in the designer rooms. Luckily, it isn‘t that hard to get this look -you‘ve probably just been going about the wrong way.
Once you've decided on color(s), think about what type of feel you want the pillows to have. Would you prefer a soft, cushiony pillow or one that has some stiffness so that you can lean up against it? Also take into account the ease of sewing. If you're a beginning sewer, you might want to choose a weightier, more closely knit fabric like cotton that's suitable for drapery. Silk and some polyesters that have a ˝sheen˝ to them will be more difficult to sew.
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