Friday, April 15, 2011

how to make a corded pillow.


Early this week I had a chance to guest post over at :: two gray pumpkins ::.

I thought that I would add it to my list of sewing projects for the home.
So hear is the super easy pillow!
{For an even more basic pillow, you could just skip the cording.}

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So lets get started!

What will you need??
{besides your sewing machine and thread}
a pillow insert {or an old pillow}
fabric
measuring tape
scissors

First we will begin by measuring your pillow insert.

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{measure across from seam to seam}

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{measure up and down from seam to seam}

A little trick… 
make your pillow cover to be a little smaller than your insert!!
This will give you a nice full pillow, rather than one with saggy corners.

We will cut the pillow FRONT to be exactly these measurements.
{Ex. My insert was 24x13, so I cut my front pillow piece that size}

So spread out your fabric, measure and cut your front piece of your pillow.

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{I cut mine to be 24"x13"}

Now we are going to work on the BACK piece of your pillow.
Because we are over lapping the back, we will add a few inches.
Take your pillow insert measurement WIDTH and add 7 inches.

Pillow insert width + 7 = width to cut back panel
{Ex. 24+7=31}

This measurement will give you the width to cut your pillow back piece.
The height will stay the same.  {Ex. Mine was 13"}

So now cut your back panel…
{Ex.  I am cutting a piece 13” x 31”}

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{same height but 7'' longer than the front pillow panel}

Because we want to have an opening in the back…
Now fold your back panel in half and cut it down the middle!

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{fold}

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{cut in half}

Now we are going to stitch under these edges.

{this is my 13'' edge that will go down the middle of my pillow}

Iron ¼’’ under and then 1’’ under on the middle cut of both pieces.

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{1/4’’ under first}

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{turn under about 1 inch}

Pin into place

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Top stitch near edge of fold.

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Now we are going to make our cording…
First you will need to cut 2’’ strips that are long enough to go around the pillow.
Just add together the pillow circumference.
{Ex. 13 + 13 +24 + 24 = 74"}

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I needed to cut 2 widths of my fabric, so I just sewed the ends together to make one long piece!
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Cut your cording the same length… I am using  ¼’’ wide cording.

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Attach your zipper foot to your machine and move your needle over to the far right.

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{move over that needle}

Now tuck your cord into the middle and fold over.
Leave about 1.5’’ of just fabric at the beginning, so you can use it to finish the end…
You will see in a few minutes :)

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{I didn’t leave the extra fabric in this pic… just learn from my mistake}

Now sew close to the cord, creating a casing around your cording.

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Let’s put the pillow together!

First lay out the front piece face up in front of you.

Lay your cording on the edge of your pillow beginning at the bottom center.
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{make sure your cording is inside and the edge is on the outside of the pillow}

Start to pin the cording around the pillow front edge.
When you get to a corner, clip the cording so that it will turn prettier!

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Go all the way around your pillow pinning into place.

When you get to the end, cut the cording to meet at the end of the other cording.

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{finding where to cut my cording}

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{cutting my cord to meet the other end}

Turn under your raw end and cover the end of the other end of cording.
Pin into place.

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{here is where the extra fabric comes in handy}

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{tuck the end of the cording inside}

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{pin in place}

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{pinned and ready to sew}

Now sew your cording onto your front pillow panel!!

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{make sure to sew with your zipper foot close to the cord}

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{keep the needle down, lift your foot, and turn the fabric on the corners}

Take your pins out and place it in front of you face up.

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{I added a monogram… isn’t it pretty}

Place your first back panel piece on top, with wrong side up!

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Now place your second back panel piece on top, with wrong side up!

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Pin into place around the pillow,
making sure to pin edges where they overlap in the middle!!!

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Now get to sewing… making sure to sew close to the cording all the way around the pillow.

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{still use your zipper foot to get close to the cording}

I think that it is best to reinforce at the edges of the pillow back panels.
This is a spot that will have more tension when you are putting in your insert.

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So just use your back stitch to go over a few times!

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{this is where I back stitched}

I like to finish the insides of my pillows with my serger or you could zigzag stitch.
But this is totally optional!

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{pretty inside and out}

Now turn and iron!!

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Finally put in your pillow insert!

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 {here is my pillow back}

Hooray for pillows!!!

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Happy Sewing!

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this helpful step-by-step tutorial! I referred to it often while sewing some pillows for Christmas made out of my late father-in-law's neckties. They came out beautiful and the corded trim was icing on the cake! :)

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  2. So glad I found your awesome tutorial. I'm making an appliquéd pillow for a friend's birthday and now I can add an elegant touch with cording. Thanks a bunch!

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  3. This is a great tutorial! I'm just learning to sew and it was so easy to understand! Thank you!

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial! This was exactly what I needed to guide me through my much-inexperienced sewing task. Your finished product looks professional -- hope I can achieve at least close results :-)

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