Trying something different!
Although I had the urge to purchase new fabric yesterday, I decided to use what’s in my stash to make a decorative pillow for my sofa. My two favorite colors are cobalt blue and hunter green. I didn’t have any cobalt blue fabric left, so I ended up using a satin fabric in hunter green and white cotton fabric to make a two-tone contrasting pillow. All of the measurements were made on a whim and I ended up trimming down some of the fabric in the end. Trial and error 😊!
FABRIC USED: 1/2 yard white cotton fabric, 1/2 yard satin fabric in hunter green, 1-yard fusible batting, Poly-fil stuffing
TOOLS USED: Sewing machine, large self-healing cutting mat, 3X18” ruler, water-soluble marker, white cotton thread, rotary cutter, sewing clips, iron, ironing board, spray water bottle, paper towel
First I cut my pieces for the backing and center piece. In the white cotton fabric, I measured and cut a large rectangle that was 22″ wide x 18″ long. Then, I cut out the batting, which was 23″ wide x 19″ long. For the center piece, I measured and cut the white cotton fabric 17″ wide x 12″ long. The batting was measured as 18″ wide x 13″ long.
Next, I cut the strips for the sides, top and bottom of the pillow. In the white cotton fabric, I cut 2 strips for the sides which measured 2.5″ wide x 22″ long and two strips that were 2.5″ wide x 24″ long for the top and bottom. The batting for the sides measured 3.5″ wide x 23″ long and the batting for the top and bottom measured 3.5″wide x 25″ long. Then, I cut 2 strips in the satin fabric. The two sides measured 3″ wide x 13″ long and the two top and bottom pieces were 3″ wide x 25″ wide.
Once I had all of my pieces cut out, I adhered my backing and strips to the fusible batting by ironing. Then I began marking the backing of the white fabric with a water-soluble marker. I used the ruler to mark 2 inches as my guide for sewing vertical lines. On my machine, I used a 3.2 stitch length to widen out the stitches a bit.
After I sewed the vertical lines, I took my ruler and placed it diagonally at a 45-degree angle starting at the top left corner and began marking my lines, also spacing them 2 inches apart. Using a 3.2 stitch length, I sewed along the diagonal lines. Once finished, I lightly sprayed the fabric with water and dabbed the marks with a paper towel to clear the markings. I also trimmed off the excess batting on the backing fabric.
I repeated the same steps as above with marking and sewing vertical and diagonal lines on the strips. I trimmed off the excess batting on the strips.
Putting It All Together
Sewing the sides first, I placed one of the side satin strips with the right side of the quilted white fabric, attached with sewing clips and sewed along the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. I repeated this step for the other side. Then I attached the top and bottom satin pieces with sewing clips and sewed using a 1/4″ seam allowance. My top and bottom pieces were a bit too long, so I trimmed until even.
I clipped each of the quilted white cotton side strips (right sides together) to the side satin strips and sewed using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Again, my measurement was a bit off and I ended up trimming the sides down as I had 6″ of extra fabric. After trimming, I ironed the front of the pillow and then placed the quilted backing fabric right sides together with the front. I used my clips to secure around the perimeter of the pillow, with the exception of one side. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, I sewed around the perimeter stopping at the opening. I turned the pillow right side out and also top-stitched around the perimeter and stopping at the opening. Finally, I filled the pillow with Poly-fill stuffing and turned the raw edges of the opening inwards, clipped them closed and top-stitched the opening closed.