Add a splash of color and pattern to a room by sewing your own pillows.Janell Beals, Isabella & Max Rooms
Measure dimensions of pillow insert.
If using a rectangle insert, measure both height and width.
Using pillow insert measurements, add two inches to both height and width. Mark measurements on brown paper with a square to create pattern. Cut out pattern.
If using a patterned fabric, determine print placement by outlining finished shape of pillow on fabric.
Place pattern on fabric, lining up pattern to fabric grain. Cut around edges of pattern.
Place same pattern on fabric selected for pillow backs, lining up pattern to fabric grain. Cut around edges of pattern. Tip: Use coordinating fabrics for pillow front and back for an interesting design.
Lay fabric front over fabric back, right sides together. Pin edges.
Sew pillow pieces together using one-inch seam allowance. Leave approximately five-inch opening to insert pillow on bottom edge.
Trim fabric edges to 1/2 inch, trimming first layer slightly more than second. Trim close to corners for a clean turned corner. Tip: Trimming seams to varying widths will help make seams less noticeable on turned pillow.
Turn fabric right side out and press edges.
Push pillow insert into pillow casing and adjust placement.
Sew opening closed using needle and thread.