Thursday, January 29, 2015

Envelope Back Pillow

 Here is my latest pillow and how I put it together.  Supplies:  A pillow top (15" x 15" for a 14"x14" pillow form) and two pieces (15" x 10" each) for the envelope back.  A package of piping in a color to match or contrast.  Sewing machine with zipper foot, thread, straight pins
Sew a hem on one 15" side of each backing piece.  Lay the pillow top on your surface with the front facing you and place the  two backing pieces onto of top, so that the hemmed edges over lap each other.
 Open the package of piping and and unwrap it from the card
 Start at the bottom middle of the top and  lay the piping between the top and back layer with the piping roll toward the center and edge along the edges of the material.  Pin all the layers in place with straight pins.

 When you get to the corners, don't even try to make them square, just round the corner and use extra straight pins to hold it in place.
 Continue all the way around the pillow.  Over lap the piping when you get back to your starting place.
 Put your zipper foot on your machine.
 Starting where you over lapped the two ends, sew right along the edge of the piping, all the way around the pillow.  Stay as close to the piping roll as possible (I have been doing this for years and I have yet to get it perfect).
 Check to make sure you don't have any gaps, then trim around the corners.
  Reach in between the two overlapping back pieces and turn the pillow right side out.
There it is, done!
 To stuff the pillow form into the pillow, reach in through the top half of the bottom layer and start stuffing  the form in.  Then pull the  bottom half down and cover the form with the bottom of the pillow cover. 

Here is what it looks like with the pillow form in it.  This method can be done with any size pillow.  Good luck and enjoy!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hapy New Year! and latest project

        I somehow got through the whole of 2014 with out posting even once.  Not a good thing.  2014 was a HARD year with major illnesses and lots of interesting thing that seemed to take up most of my time.  I have resolved to do better this year. 
       This is my latest project.  The goal is to create 6 different pillow covers which can be interchanged with one another, so you only need on pillow form.  The 6th one is still under construction.  I will post it as soon as it is done.  I think I am going to make another one of the owl for MDH for Valentines Day no lace, just piping.  We shall see.  I started all of these last November and they will all be given as gifts to the same person over the 2015 year.  If I get my act together, I will show you in detail how I will make the last one.  Have a Happy New Year!