Enclosed we have collected for you some tips and ideas about sewing pillows. Discover a new hobby – sewing cuddly pillows!
First, choose the fabric. Almost every fabric fits, but you must consider the purpose of the desired pillow. If you plan to use it at night to rest, choose a fabric that feels good against your face. On the other hand, if your pillow will be decorative, it is better to use a fabric that matches your other furniture.
Sew on the pillow – first cut the fabric
Cut the fabric into two squares or rectangles of the same size. A simple pillow is, basically, two pieces of fabric sewn together, filled with a soft filling. Your two pieces should be slightly larger than your desired pillow.
Sewing pillows – be sure to cut straight squares
A seam allowance is the amount of fabric that extends over the seam
• Add one and a half inches of seam allowance on all sides.
• If your fabric tends to fray, line the edges of the fabric with a straight or zig-zag stitch.
Cut the fabric into two squares or rectangles of the same size. A simple pillow consists of two pieces of fabric that are sewn together and filled with a soft filling. Your two pieces should, however, be slightly larger than the desired size of the pillow.
If your fabric tends to fraze, line the edges of the fabric with a straight or zig-zag stitch
Measure the sides of the fabric piece and determine how much thread you will use. Make sure the thread in the middle will be enough for you.
Lay the two parts together on the right side. After stitching, gently twist the pillow inside out so that you can make sure the two sides are outward with the end facing you.
Sew three sides of the pillow pieces together
You can do this either by hand or with the sewing machine. Again, leave a supplement of half an inch left.
Turn the pillow right side up. You should now see the sides of the fabric you want for the outer side of the pillow. They are tied in a bag which you will fill with a filling.
Iron your pillow flat. If it gets wrinkled while you stuff it, it will be almost impossible to get it out
Now stuff the pillow full. Take your filling and push it into the open side of the pillow. Try to evenly distribute the filling. Do not stop until your pillow is full, no obvious areas should remain limp. Cotton filler bought from the store works best, but everything from down feathers or even from scrap material works well.
Sew the opening with small whip stitches. A whip stitch is when your needle goes from side to side as you sew over the length of the outer thread.
For a clean look, you can also use the blindstitch here
• Instead of suturing the entire last edge of the pillow, it is best to sew it after you have crammed the pillow, leaving only 1/4 of the last edge open. That way, you will not get a big end seam.
• Make sure you do not stuff too much stuffing. Then your pillow may become too tight and may not be able to sink or, worse, burst as soon as someone squeezes it.
• Cotton and synthetic fillings are available in most fabrics or craft shops.
• Make sure you sew in precise straight lines, otherwise the target result will not look so good, and not tidy enough.
A matching thread stopper iron
An idea from us: take a big pillow yourself and use it as a comfortable one beanbag !