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Sew Luxury Fabrics: Pillows

with Linda Lee
Sew Luxury Fabrics: Pillows
Ramp up your sewing skills and confidently work with luxury fabrics. Stitch four custom pillows with elegant flanges, perfect piping, smocked velvet and more!

Go ahead, spring for that specialty fabric. In this class, you’ll gain the skills you need to showcase your design style using fine fabrics. Author and sewing expert Linda Lee will be your guide as you create four elegant custom pillows. Get a grip on slippery silk as you learn techniques for sewing specialty fabrics without marring the weave. Sew sheer fabric with ease as you stitch a self-flanged pillow using organza. Carefully craft a lavish velvet pillow with simple smocking that showcases the lush texture. Linda even divulges her secrets for sewing around curves as she teaches you how to stitch a tufted silk pillow. By the end of this class, you’ll have the skills to command luxury fabrics and create custom pillows that instantly elevate your home decor!

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Lesson 1. Selecting Materials

  • Meet sewing instructor and design expert Linda Lee as she welcomes you to the class with a thorough overview of dazzling luxury fabrics. You’ll learn about dupioni, jacquard, velvet, taffeta and more! Linda also demonstrates pillow fill and insert options for various pillow shapes and sizes.


Lesson 2. Basic Satin Pillow

  • Dive into a basic satin pillow project with Linda’s expert help to guide you. You’ll learn the best practices for cutting your fabric, Linda’s techniques for creating perfect tapered corners, and special considerations for working with satin.


Lesson 3. Flanged Sheer Pillow

  • Add movement and pizzazz to ordinary pillows with a sheer flanged pillow project. You’ll learn how to select organza for your project before constructing your own pattern pieces, hemming and sewing the cover and enclosing the pillow. The result is a gorgeous flange with crisp corners!


Lesson 4. Basic Velvet Pillow

  • Cast your fears of velvet aside as Linda walks you through a basic velvet pillow project. You’ll learn how to identify and align the nap of your fabric pieces, emboss velvet using your favorite designs, and use techniques that prevent your fabric from shifting while you work. Linda also shares troubleshooting tips for steaming, sewing and finishing your project!


Lesson 5. Reverse Smocked Velvet Pillow

  • Improve your velvet skills even more as you create a reverse smocked pillow. Using Linda’s clear, simple techniques, you’ll divide, mark and sew your velvet into a gorgeous textured pattern that highlights the voluminous qualities of the fabric.


Lesson 6. Tufted Silk Pillow: Drafting, Piping & Buttons

  • Prepare custom-made details for a beautiful tufted pillow project. Linda walks you through the steps for covering buttons, creating colorful piping and cutting perfectly round cushion pieces from silk.


Lesson 7. Tufted Silk Pillow: Construction

  • Construct the pillow you started in the previous lesson, and learn the best ways to create a chic, seamless piping border using professional clipping and sewing techniques. Linda demonstrates the best ways to work with challenging curved pieces and attaches the buttons using an easy technique that might surprise you. You’ll finish the class with a final pillow project that’s guaranteed to delight your friends and family alike.

"Linda is a great teacher, I love how she explains her techniques. I have sewn pillows, but I learned some new and better ways to do it. Linda, I have purchased all your classes and have enjoyed every one of them... hope you will continue to do more classes here on Craftsy!"
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