Do you have plans for a bit of home decor sewing in 2015? Making throw pillows is a great way to change the look of your space and add new color to your surroundings. Throw pillows are easy to sew and can be a quick project, especially if you use pillow forms.
When making a square pillow sometimes the form doesn't quite fill out the shape, and the corners look a bit too pointy — a little dog-eared. Which is great for a puppy but not for your throw pillow.
See how the pillow on the left holds the square shape but the one on the right sticks out a bit and looks too pointy. You can make sure every pillow you sew turns out just just right!
Follow along to learn an easy trick for sewing a perfectly plump square pillow.
1. Cut out one side.
To start with choose a pillow form. This one is a 16 inch form, so we will cut out a 17 inch square which allows for 1/2 inch seam allowances.
2. Mark the centers and corners.
Mark the center of each side of your square with chalk, pencil or disappearing pen. At one corner make a dot in from each edge by 1/2 inch.
3. Mark the area to trim.
Mark the pillow piece with a line starting from the corner dot and tapering to nothing at the center of each edge, as seen above.
4. Trim away the marked area.
Cut off this area you have marked on the corner.
5. Fold in quarters.
Fold the pillow piece in half and half again, using the marks made at the center of the edge to keep it square. Pin it together to keep it from slipping.
6. Trim the remaining corners.
Trim the remaining corners using the first corner as a guide so they will all be exactly the same.
7. Cut out remaining pillow piece.
Unfold your trimmed pillow piece and use that as a pattern piece to cut out the second side of the pillow. Be sure to put right sides together, then you can pin your pillow pieces and take them directly to the sewing machine. Sew the pillow pieces together leaving an opening on one side so you can slip it over the pillow form. If you are going to put a zipper or some other closure on your pillow form, then you would cut out the back pieces as needed, but you can still use the first piece as a guide for shaping the corners.
7. Trim the sewn pieces.
Once the pillow pieces are sewn together, trim the corners diagonally. I like to press one edge on the seam allowance which is the edge that will be unseen, then when the pillow cover is turned right side out that edge will be crisp and ready to machine or hand sew.
It can be used with most any fabric from cottons to home dec fabric to quilted pieces or even a bit of appliqué.