Throw pillows are often very expensive, making them something that many people simply can’t afford to change out all the time. If you love to mix and match pillows and would like the freedom to switch yours any time the mood strikes, consider learning how to make your own pillows. You’ll save a large amount of money, and you can have the new pillows you crave whenever you want them. Throw pillows are a great accent piece on beds, couches and armchairs, so it really pays off to choose the more economical route and sew them yourself.
Before getting started, gather the materials you’ll need. HGTV recommends having a pillow form in the desired size, fabric to cover it, pins, coordinating thread, scissors and your sewing machine. You can also use a fabric pencil to make markings and a tape measure to be sure you cut clean, straight lines. Embellishments, such as cloth flowers, piping and buttons are a fun and easy way to give your throw pillows personality. A clear table is ideal for spreading out your fabric before cutting and pinning it.
Lay your fabric on your workspace and rest the pillow form on it. Cut out two squares of material, leaving a ½ to 1-inch for the seam. A softer pillow needs less seam allowance than a firm one.
Pin the two sides of the pillow cover together, right sides in. Stitch around three sides. Turn the cover right side out, insert the pillow form and pin the opening together. Top stitch all the way around the pillow. This serves to close the opening but also creates a professional looking seam that keeps the pillow form from shifting inside the cover.
If you prefer a pillow cover that can be removed for washing, fold the raw edges of the opening in and slip stitch them in place. Then add buttons and coordinating button holes, a zipper or Velcro to close the opening, while also making it easy to remove the cover and throw it in the washing machine.
Using Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are the perfect addition to www.forrestfurnishing.co.uk. Pillows can pull together the furniture with the other décor of a space simply by blending colors and textures with the overall appearance of a room.
Throw pillows are perfect for indoor spaces, but covering a pillow form with outdoor fabric easily creates an accessory to dress up patio furniture, whether it’s a bench or chairs. Not only does this add personality and flair to an outdoor room, but it also makes lounging outside more comfortable.
Recovering the Pillow
Next time you’re ready to change the look of your living room, bedroom or patio, it’s simple and inexpensive to recover the pillow forms. Simply remove the existing cover and replace it with a new type of fabric. For permanent covers, you can easily sew right over them, or use sewing scissors to cut them off the pillow form before sewing the new one on.