I like to make no sew pillows with my daughter and my nephews. The no sew version is a great way to introduce children to the sewing and crafting world. My daughter loves to help me measure and cut the fabric. The design below is an excellent starter project for children and adults.
How to make it
Cut 2 identical heart shapes from the fleece, 1 red, 1 green. To allow for a 4-inch fringe, be sure to cut the hearts 8 inches larger than you want your finished pillow. We cut ours 26 inches across and 22 inches long for an 18- by 14-inch pillow.
On 1 fleece heart, use a ruler and chalk or a disappearing-ink pen to draw a heart 4 inches in from the edge of the fabric (see illustration). Measure and draw fringe that’s about 1 inch wide and 4 inches long (up to the center heart, as shown).
Stack the hearts with your chalk lines on top. Cut the fringe, through both layers of fleece, stopping at the center heart.
Begin at the bottom point of the heart and tie the top piece of fringe to the bottom piece by double-knotting them. Continue up the side of the pillow. At the dip at the top, knot together the top 4 fringes (2 pairs) into 1 double knot to cinch the opening more tightly. Then go back to knotting just 2 fringes until only 4 pairs are untied.
Stuff the heart with fiberfill. Tie the remaining fringes. Brush off any chalk that still shows. Ink lines should disappear according to the package directions.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we are all trying to find the perfect gift for our loved one. Now we could always go to the store and buy something, or, we could make something.
I like to find seasonal fabrics at my local craft store. From my last post we learned how to make 24in throw pillows. We are going to use the same technique for theses pillows.
Here’s your shopping list:
2 26in pieces of fabric
1 24in foam insert/polyester filling
1) Cut your fabric into 2 matching 26in pieces.
2) Invert your fabric(you want the piece to be inside out).
3) Space your pins about 1in apart, 1/2infrom the border(remember to leave 1 side open).
4) Begin sewing(you can do this by hand or by machine), removing pins as you go.
5) After you finish 3 sides, invert the piece again and insert the foam piece or polester filling
6) Tuck the corner in and sew the open end
I hope gives you a different gift idea. I made these throw pillows in the past for my family and friends, and they have always been a hit.
Throw pillows are one of the simplest items to make, yet so many of us go to the store to buy these. My mother taught me when I was young how to make these. Throw pillows are not only great to add contrast to your home, they also make great gifts.
I know when i was starting out I wasn’t quite sure always what I would need. Assuming you have a sewing machine, the various other items you will need are below.
I found a very simple design on http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-easiest-throw-pillow-youll-132390. If cicking on the link seems a little exhausting to you, the step by step directions are below.
Easy Step byStep Directions:
1. Choose a pillow size. My pillow insert is 14″ x 14″.
2. Cut the fabric for the pillow cover. You’ll need three pieces to make the cover – one front piece and two back pieces. The front piece will need to be 2″ larger than your pillow – for my 14″ pillow I cut a front piece that is 16″ x 16″. The two back pieces will need to be as wide as the front piece and long enough so that they will overlap. In my case, the back pieces are 16″w and 13″long.
3. For the two back pieces, fold the fabric approximately ½” along the long side of the fabric, then fold it over again and pin it. Next, sew this hem.
4. Pin the two back pieces, inside out, to the front piece. Make sure the sewn seam of the two back pieces overlap in the middle of the pillow.
5. Sew around the outer seam with a ½” seam allowance.
6. Turn the pillow sham right side out then stuff with the pillow insert.
7. Throw your new pillow on your sofa, lay down your weary head, and give the pillows a test nap.
*Rookie Mistake* LEAVE ONE CORNER OPEN…IT MAKES IT EASIER TO FILL. Let’s just say, I learned this the hard way.