Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pillow-y Goodness

We established earlier this week that triangles are not my friends. But squares? That’s a different story altogether.

I recently arranged a swap with a friend who is a graphic designer by profession and knitter by all-consuming hobby (not that I know anything about all-consuming hobbies). She made me a cool new header for this blog. It was time for me to make the pillows promised in return.

I really wanted to do something fancy. I have all the pillows I need in my house, so it would be fun to make some funky ones. But the fabric that my friend wanted transformed into pillows was so lovely that I had to ignore the allure of more complicated ideas and went with two simple square pillows with envelope backs instead.

My friend purchased this fabric ages ago from Purl Soho. Isn’t it the cutest?

Here are some quick notes if you want to jump on the pillow-making bandwagon:
  • I used quilting cotton for both the front and the back of these pillows.
  • I interfaced the front with a layer of fusible fleece, just to give it more substance. I used a 1/2” seam allowance on this project, so I cut my fleece 3/8” shorter than my front fabric on all sides. Doing so reduced the bulk in the seam allowance while ensuring that the fleece would get caught in the seam, making the construction more secure.
  • I used Amanda Jean’s tutorial for envelope-backed pillows. Her approach is the way to go when making pillows with quilting cottons. She uses a double layer of fabric on the back, and it makes a noticeable difference.

I finished both pillows off with Kona Lipstick on the back.

It took me an hour to make two pillows. I never accomplish much of anything in an hour. I’m hooked now: There will be more pillows for me in the near future. : )

Have you encountered any especially cool pillow tutorials or patterns lately? I’ve had my eye on Christina Cameli’s Color Gradient Pillow, Jaybird Quilts’ Candy Dish Pillow, and Leigh Laurel Studios’ Scrappy Christmas Pillow.

Linking up to TGIFF at Quilt Matters and Finish It Up Friday ...

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9 comments:

  1. So cute! Every time Sew Katie Did posts a new pillow I swoon a little... but, for right now, I've resisted the pillow train. Maybe soon though :D

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  2. They look great! They are simple and modern - just perfect! And I never thought to use a double layer on the back - thanks for the tip!
    I used this tutorial to make the last pillow that I made (I liked the idea of putting a binding on the pillow): http://www.sewmamasew.com/2011/02/how-to-make-a-basic-pillow-how-to-finish-a-pillow-with-binding/.
    And I am eyeing this pillow to make for my mom (for mother's day) with some liberty scraps I've been saving: http://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/01/big-stitch-quilting-hst-pillow-top-tutorial/. I like the fact it incorporates an easy way to *try* hand quilting!
    Can't wait to see what you make next!

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  3. Those look great!! Thanks for the link to the tutorial. My couches desperately need some new throw pillows... these look easy to do :-)

    ~ Jess ~
    Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

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  4. Such cute fabric and a lovely finish.

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  5. I've been wondering about Amanda Jeans envelope closure. I have been obsessed with an invisible zipper tutorial from Rachel at Stitched in Color for my pillows lately

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  6. Very cute! I love that fabric! What a great barter you and your friend did. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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