It occurs to me that sewing might be one of those lost arts. My cousin and my youngest daughter have expressed a desire to learn. My older daughter zips away on her machine making pillows for her house that is being built. It is probably a little unusual for her age. I can certainly sew, but I am limited in what I know how to do. I don’t often use patterns and wish I knew more so that I could make elaborate clothing and such. Anymore though, you can purchase a machine from a craft store and they will throw in sewing lessons. If you do sew, it is time to take your machine out and freshen up the house for autumn.
Throw pillows always add a dash of personality and color to a space but they begin to look tattered or out of date fairly quickly sometimes. Today we are taking old throw pillows (or new pillow fills) and giving them a new look.
These are very simple and can be done by hand if one does not have a machine.
I used a new pillow because these are going into my new shop, but I will be doing this with my old pillows for my house as well.
Measure the pillow, then measure your fabric, adding 1 inch on all sides.
Iron! I am the type of dreaded housewife that does not iron. Lord, if it needs to be ironed, it doesn’t get bought or it ends up in a pile of ironing for close to five years. But, as my grandma taught me, you must iron in sewing. Period. Now, iron your fabric so it looks all pretty.
Fold fabric in half inside out. The folded edge is one edge you don’t have to sew! Pin the sides, leave bottom open. Sew each side, giving it about a half inch seam. Take out pins and run your hand along side to make sure you got them all! (Camouflaged little suckers.)
Now flip right side out and use a chop stick or the like to gently push out corners.
Place pillow inside and fold in bottom seam and pin tautly together. Hand sew or machine sew.
Easy as that! Now, I took that pillow before we started and used a large needle and yarn to pierce all the way through the pillow and back out, tying securely to create a crease in the middle. So when the pillow is done, you can see that little indentation. I carefully wove a piece of yard through the fabric and top layer of the pillow and brought back through and tied a ribbon.
But then I found a pretty button so fastened that on! You could also hem the open bottom instead of sewing it closed and sew on adjacent ribbons to tie closed. That way you can change your pillow covers and wash them.
Throw pillows can generally be washed in the washer and floofed and dried in the dryer. If a fabric is particularly fine, place it inside a bigger pillow case and wash and dry it that way.