Pillows are a great accessory to any decor.
You can revitalize your home by adding a colorful throw pillow to your living room, bedroom or even out-door space.
Whatever your preference, these cushions not only work as comforters but also luxury pieces when decorated correctly.
The beauty with home pillows is that you can customize them to your taste.
As a designer you have the freedom to mix and match, play around with different patterns, styles till you arrive at the one.
Basically, you are in charge of the creative process so you decide the final outlook; and to a great extent the color scheme of your home.
Why make a handmade pillow
Homemade pillows are currently on the trend.
If you are not sold out to the idea, here are a few reasons why you should make yours:
- It saves you money
Custom pillows are a cheaper alternative. Store prices are no match for homemade designs when it comes to saving. Even with offers, you are still likely to cut down on costs if you spare a few minutes to create.
- Easy to make
Beginner or pro, anyone can model a pillow. It comes with simple and clear steps all under one hour. YouTube tutorials have made it far much easier with the visual aids to walk you through the whole procedure.
- Accessible equipment
The best part is that all the tools required can easily be found. You probably even own some already! In case you need to add a few appliances, the prices are quite friendly so you do not have to worry about extra costs.
- Suitable to your needs
Unlike bought pillows, you have the liberty to mix and match patterns, use different color palettes, make different size and shapes, choose the fabric texture et cetera. It all boils down to your decorative ideas.
- Open to redesigning
Customized cushions can be revamped or remade to a brand-new appeal. This is a great option for home owners who like to switch up décor once in a while. The cover cases especially give you a variety of options to choose from.
- Improves your craft
What better way to sharpen your sewing skills other than creating beautiful pieces? Not only is it interesting but with practice the better you get. In no time your designs should take to professional outlooks.
- Fun and exciting
If you are into unique interior design this is one process you will certainly enjoy!
Get additional inspiration from Pinterest for cool homemade ideas.
Steps on how to make a DIY pillow
Now let’s get into the crafty details!
Here is what you need for a standard throw pillow:
- 1 yard of fabric (Pick pillow fabric that is easy to wash). This varies depending on the number and size you are going for.
- Pillow stuffing preferably Polyester
- Pair of scissors
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
In case you are not designing from scratch, a pillow memory form will do for the insert.
Cut the fabric. You can use any kind really as long as the material is enough for two similar pieces.
Fabrics can even be drawn from fun old t-shirts.
Shape out the fabric to your liking; from a square, triangle, start shapes.
Shapes with straight edges however are much simpler to sew in.
Trim. This is optional. A trim simply makes room for more fancy designs.
You might want to pick beads, pom poms, tassels, strings, lace, whatever you like.
To get the right trim length, measure one piece of your fabric on all sides.
Next, pin the trim to the edges of your pillow fabric.
Ensure the trim you pick out comes with a woven bad on one side or else you might not get to use it after all.
If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, skip to the next step.
Pin the seam edges.
Go ahead and put together the squares with the front sides facing each other.
Ensure the edges are lined up and matching for accuracy.
Lay out the joined fabric on a flat surface and pin round.
Experts’ advice pinning after every 2 inches for beginners since it helps with precision.
When on the last edge, leave about a 4cm gap for stuffing the fillings.
For the advanced seam heads, here is a guide on how to work with trimmed details.
The key is to leave a descent seam allowance between the margin edge and where you will be sewing on.
A zig-zag stitch works more efficiently compared to a straight stitch if you are using a machine.
For a more cohesive look, reduce your stitch length slightly; it prevents stitches from showing at the seams.
Remember to Use a thread color not too far from your fabric.
Leave the gap untouched as you work.
Clip and turn the fabric.
Clip the corners before turning the fabric (right side out) to reduce the bulk.
Follow with a blunt object to turn out your pillow corners.
Iron out the fabric.
By this time ensure all the pins are taken out.
A press works to give your cushion a much neater finish.
Regulate heat temperature to suit both the fabric and trim accessory.
Fill in using stuffing’s of your choice.
Do this up to a full size. The bigger the better!
In case your stuffing is made of very soft fibers you might want to pump up the size much more.
Close the gap you left by hand.
A basic slip stitch works best for the finishing.
Always remember to secure the knot end by going over it twice.
For home owners who like to explore more style, spruce up your interior with accent designs.
Add extra embellishments with a touch of watercolor effects.
Mix up different designs to transform the cover case, and go over as many times still you achieve the desired shades.
Complement with multiple layers for versatility a ton of texture.
Any pillow will transit from plain boring to exquisite!
The 8th step forms the basis of the next procedure.
How do you make the last edge of a pillow? We take a look at more details:
The central thing revolves around blind stitching also known as the slip stitch.
This technique is used for hems that should stay unseen.
- Prepare your thread
Pull out as much thread as needed and loop it inside the needle hole.
Allow for extra length to avoid running out before completing the process.
Use a double thread as opposed to single for a tighter grip.
Cut and make a knot to secure the ends.
Slide the needle from the backside to attach your thread to the material.
The needle should hold through the thread knot once you pull it.
Begin by making long stitches and shorter ones on the fabric fold.
Position the needle keenly on the entry and exit points to give it an invisible look.
Also stay alert and ensure the stitching runs evenly all across the border.
In pillows this is known as the ladder style.
Note: if you stitch too tight you will end up with puckered edges while very loose needle work leaves gaps.
Check the end, and tie a knot close to the fabric then pull the extra thread back through the stitches.
Inspect those stitches for a neat look.
This kind of technique applies strictly to a knife edge pillow which tapers to straight, sharp edges and corners.
More technical edges may require much more skill and training; so, leave that to the professionals.
Some extra features that you can to add to your pillow project entails a zip, an envelope or even a non-sew in design.
The latter particularly accommodates the basic of beginners with zero sewing skills; or perhaps anyone skeptical of needles.
An envelope or zip closure however gives your pillow an extra edge of style; not to mention they easily come off without damaging your form material.
Just to bring your pillow look together here are a few tips to keep in mind when working:
- Create varying pillow sizes for an aesthetic appeal.
- Choose a fabric that either blends or stands out from your room’s color scheme.
- Determine the type of closure you want to use right from the start.
- Make your pillow up to one inch smaller than your pillow form to give it a plump appearance and longer life span.
- Reinforce the corners of your pillows with a double row stitching to avoid fraying. Also consider back-stitching at the beginning and end of a stitch.
- When sewing go for a slightly curved corner to give it a smooth feel.
- For further comfort add a layer of different fluffing to your pillow fabric.
- Practice! It may be hard the first times but it sets in naturally the more you keep at it.
Throw pillows can be a game changer and master piece to a dull room with just a bit of customization.
Now that you are equipped with the necessary knowledge, grab some appliances and get to work on a fresh project.
Have fun with it and happy sewing!