Published at Friday, September 14th 2018. by Mavis Bonner in Decorative Pillows.
The key to the plumping is that you have to set up the pillows in layers. You can't lay them down flat like you do when you‘re sleeping or you‘ll just end up with a big pile of pillows! You have to arrange them standing up on their edges and in rows.
If you're going for angular square or rectangle pillows you want them to be in the 16 - 26 inch range, no bigger but in a few cases they may be smaller. These pillows generally need to be large enough to full showcase a few passes of a given patter or even a large block of solid color. Rectangular pillows are really nice because the oblong shape is usually unexpected and adds a bit of extra flair. In most cases you will not be opting for a circular pillow, and unless you are an experienced designer or just know that you've got the stuff you should be cautious when approaching your sofa with spherical cushions. Round pillows tend to not blend well with the overall angels of your furniture, unless of course you a have very unique piece such as a cylinder bed or circular patterns in your rooms decor.
The back layer of pillows should be a bit larger than the rest. You want to have either three or five pillows for this back row depending on how large the bed is and the size of the pillows. Stand them up on the edges and lean them against the headboard.
Insert your stuffing or pillow form into the pillowcase, making sure to push it all the way into the corners. Thread your needle again and made a knot. To make a hidden stitch, hold the pillow so that the opening runs lengthwise, almost like an open envelope. There will be a flap of fabric on the top and bottom of the opening created from the ironing. Make a stitch along the crease of the top flap on the far right side of the opening. Pull the thread all the way through and then make a similar-length stitch along the crease of the bottom flap on the far right side (your stitches should line up with each other across the opening). Pull your thread tight and the two sides of the opening will be pulled together. Start your next stitch on the top side just to the left of where your last stitch ended and repeat the process. Eventually, you will have closed the entire opening. Make a final knot and cut off the remaining thread.
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.
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