Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Story of the Throw Pillows


Okay...sounds boring...but it's fun for me.

I have looked for throw pillows pretty much my whole married life.  We had some really cute ones the first year and a half that we were married.  But, I really take issue with people using my throw pillows as foot rests.  It felt like everyone that came over was doing it (sidenote:  it may be helpful if you knew I also have an issue with feet. They're dirty, they're ugly...they're gross).  So, I washed my cute throw pillows and the fabric literally fell apart at the seams.  It was a sad day, my friends.

So, thus began my search for the perfect pillows.  I couldn't find them.  I don't like silk all that much and I don't like frilly things...so it was tough.  I even contemplated making my own fabric...as in screen printing or stamping...yeah...it was a tad bit ambitious...especially for a woman who was 7 months pregnant when the screen printing idea came up.

Along came Spoonflower and it saved my life.  I really didn't end up saving money...or time...but I got exactly what I wanted:


Okay, don't knock my photo taking or editing skills...the pictures don't really do it justice, but I'm in love with this fabric.  Here is a better picture:


This is my workstation (note the ridiculously large pepsi that gets me through the day...everyday!)


If you'd like me to make you these pillows...that will be $5000.  Did I mention I hate sewing?  It's the most stressful thing ever.  But, these pillows are super easy.  If you don't want to pay $5000 for throw pillows, here is what you do:

  1. Cut out one piece for the front.  Mine were 18"x18".
  2. Cut out two pieces for the back...and at least 1/3 the height of the first piece, but the same width.  For example, mine were 18"X 14" (they were a tad too tall, but it is better to be safe than sorry).
  3. Iron your pieces if you haven't already ironed the fabric (I do it after because I'm too lazy to iron 2 yards of fabric at one time...lol).
  4. Fold the bottom of the two short pieces of fabric (about 1 1/2") and iron it down.
  5. Sew along the folded piece...make your seam as large as possible.
  6. Place the edges together (right side to right side like I have pictured) of your 18"X18" piece and your smaller pieces.  Pin each side (you don't need to pin it very much.  I only used 5 pins)
  7. Sew them together (I like to use 1/4" seams) and turn them inside out.
  8. That's all.  Easy right??  Try it out with some scrap fabric before you move on to the good stuff.

If you'd like to purchase this fabric, or any of my other designs...go to my Spoonflower Profile.  Also, if you'd like a custom fabric design...contact me for a quote.


3 comments:

Brie Herrera said...

Super Cute Pillows! Did you design the fabric for them? And great job sewing...they look very crisp and professional!

Erin said...

I did design both of these. It was so much fun! Thanks :)

PonderandStitch said...

LOL at $5000.00! I think they turned out beautifully. I need to make some pillows right now, too- there just isn't enough time in the day! :D

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