Sew This Bedroom: Pillows

Sew This Bedroom: Pillows


Hi, I’m Sarah with the Hobby Lobby Creative
Studio! Welcome to our Sew This Bedroom Series! Today
I’m going to show you how to make a pillow with piping, just like these! Just check out
our printable for a supply list of what you need to get started! I’ll be showing you how to make an 18″x18″
pillow, but you can adjust these instructions to make any size pillow you want!
Now, since I want to make an 18 x18″ pillow, I’ll cut two pieces of fabric to 19 x 19″
each. This includes enough for a 1/2″ seam allowance on all sides.
To figure out how much piping we need, just add up the length of all 4 sides of the finished
pillow size you’re wanting. So, 18″ x 4=72″, plus we’ll add about 6 to 8 inches so we have
a little extra to join our ends, so to be safe, we’re just going to start with an even
80 inches of piping. At this point you need to go ahead and prep
your piping for the pillow. To learn how to make your own custom piping like I’ve done
here, check out our Learn to Sew: How to make Bias Tape and Piping video. So I’ve already prepped my piping and I’m
ready to attach it to the front piece of my pillow!
Begin by laying the front piece of your pillow fabric right side up. Starting just off-center on the bottom edge,
line up the raw edge of your piping with the raw edge of your pillow fabric. Now just start
clipping them together. I decided to use clips today because they
help hold my piping around my pillow really nice and flat as I sew instead of wavy like
pinning tends to do. For about two inches on either side of the
corner, make a series of small cuts in the raw edge of the piping, every half inch or
so. This will allow the piping to curve more easily,
giving you a nice smooth corner. Continue clipping the piping in place around
the rest of your pillow fabric. When you get back to your starting point,
lay the end of the piping down next to the beginning and trim the end so it overlaps
about three inches. We’ll match up these ends after a few more steps.
Now that everything is clipped in place, you’re ready to sew your piping onto the front piece
of your pillow! Using your zipper foot, start sewing about
two inches away from the end of your piping. You’ll need this extra two inches of wiggle
room so you can join your piping together once you get back around to this end. Be sure to stitch on top of or just to the
right of your piping’s existing stitches…not right up snug to the cording. The reason we want to leave a little room
right up against the piping is because when we sew on the back piece of the pillow, the
stitches from that round will end up hiding the rest of these stitches. Continue sewing around the pillow, removing
clips as you go until you get back around and are about four inches short of your beginning
stitches. Then go ahead and remove everything from the machine to do the next few steps.
Stopping here gives you enough piping to work with so you can easily join the ends. Now we are ready to cut the cording so it
matches up perfectly end to end. To do this, use a seam ripper to rip out stitches
for the first few inches on the right piece of piping, exposing the cording. Find the point where the ends of the cording
will match up and cut it so you have just a little extra, to ensure there won’t be a
gap between the ends when you merge them together. Now, on this right piece of piping, open it
up like this so the inside of the piping fabric is facing out and you can see the raw cord.
You’re going to cut the excess fabric at an angle, so it visually matches the other seams
in the piping. To make sure you’re cutting at the correct angle, look back at the angle
of the last seam. You’re actually going to cut at the opposite
angle of this. So since my last seam is angling to the left, I will cut this one angling to
the right. This may seem backwards, but when it’s folded
under and placed back around the cord, it will actually lay angled to the left like
the other seams. Now, it’s not necessary, but you may want
to go ahead and press this edge under so it has a crisp fold, just be careful with the
iron in such a small area near your fingers! I’m also going to trim off this little extra
tip that sticks out after folding it under. So with that edge folded under, lay the left
piping into the right side, matching the cording up end to end and wrap the fabric around the
cording and snug into place. Clip this area, and we’ll just finish by sewing
it together. Since we pulled our pillow off our sewing
machine while still stitching, we need to make sure to start and end with a backstitch
on top of the stitches we made previously to lock them in place. So, just sew your piping
in place and we’re on to the next step! Now we’re ready to join the front and back
pieces of our pillow! For this part we need to be able to see our
stitches from when we sewed our piping on, so just make sure the piece with the piping
is on top when you start lining everything up.
Place the two pieces with their right sides together with the piped piece on top.
Be sure to match up the design on the front and back of your pillow.
Clip them in place and you’re ready to sew. Again, starting along the bottom edge of the
pillow, about 6″ in from a corner, begin sewing on the inside of the piping stitch line you
can see, beginning with a backstitch. Sewing on the inside of this line means when
you turn your pillow right side out the previous stitches you’ve made will be hidden.
Go slowly, and use your fingers to guide the cord and fabric, keeping the needle inside
that stitch line, and as close as possible to the cording. Just be sure not to sew into
the cord! Continue sewing around the pillow. When you
get back to the bottom edge, only sew in from the corner about 6″, backstitch and stop there. This will give you an opening in the middle
that will allow enough space to fit your hand inside, which will make stuffing the pillow
much easier. Now that all the pieces are connected, take
your scissors and cut the fabric at each corner, like this. This just helps remove some of
the bulk for when you turn it right side out. The next thing I’m going to do is trim around
all four edges with pinking shears. This isn’t required, but it’s helpful because it will
keep the edges from fraying inside the pillow over time.
Now you’re ready to flip the whole thing right side out. Be sure to turn out all the corners
really well. Our fiberfill comes with a little skewer to
help turn our corners out completely, but you could use any blunt-ended object to push
against the corners from the inside. Once you have all your corners turned out,
refold and re-press the 1/2″ seam at the opening. You want this fold line to be easy to follow
when you’re ready to close it up with your finishing stitches.
Next, start stuffing! Just take a handful of fiberfill, pull on it a bit to fluff it
and remove any lumps, then stuff it inside the pillow. Be sure to pack the corners really well as
you go. You don’t want the corners to lay flat or droopy when it’s all done. Keep going until you reach your desired firmness.
When your pillow is fully stuffed, we’re ready to hand stitch it closed! Here we will use
a stitch called a ladder stitch, also known as a blind or hidden stitch, because once
we’re finished you won’t be able to see it. Just grab your needle and thread and let’s
get to it! We’re going to start by threading our needle
with a decent length of thread. When you thread the needle, pull the thread so that the two
ends are even and then knot them together. Place several pins at the opening to hold
it closed, this will make the stitching much easier. Start by slipping your needle into the fabric
where the opening starts, like this. Before pulling the thread all the way through to
the knot, guide your needle through the loop just before the knot and pull tight. This works like an extra knot and really secures
the end of the thread. Now put the needle through the opposite fabric
directly across from where it came out. Make a 1/4″ stitch, going back through the other
piece of fabric, and pull the thread through to the other side. Continue this same technique, stitch, move
straight across to the other side of fabric, stitch 1/4″ and back across until you get
to the end. Once you’re at the end, make a knot in your
thread and secure it in place with several tiny stitches. Stick the needle in through
the seam to hide the thread, then bring it out through the side of your pillow, and cut
your thread! Now, do a happy dance! You’ve just made a
seriously professional-looking pillow! Just think, you’ll never have to buy a throw
pillow again, because you know how to make them yourself! Well, that’s all for today guys. Be sure to
check out our other videos in our Sew This Bedroom Series for more room decor DIYs and
inspiration. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you again
here next time at the Hobby Lobby Creative Studio.

8 thoughts on “Sew This Bedroom: Pillows

  1. I want to purchase some of the fabric clips but I can't seem to find them on the hobby lobby website. Can you help?

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