If you do not sew much, if you do not sew well, if you have never sewn before, you can sew this pillow. Envelope pillows are my fav-or-ite (you have to sing it in a high voice). They are:
- easy to plan
- easy to sew -- only 2 straight seams
- easy to clean -- whip them off and throw in the wash
- easy to change -- slip them off and put that form in another envelope pillow case
I also wanted one that had paint splatters on it. I thought it would add to my design. The problem is, that HH is such a left-brained, good painter, even his paint splotches were in straight lines. He didn't understand the aged, perfectly imperfect aesthetic I was going for. He asked at least nine times, "do you want the one with no paint on it?"
|yes, my driveway is always covered in pink chalk|
Some of you have beautiful sewing/craft rooms. I went out to the driveway to lay this one out with a drywall t-square. Whatever, it is a drop cloth after all.
Just start at the hemmed edge and mark off the width of the pillow you want (finished + 2") , making a long strip. The strip needs to be the length of double the finished size of the pillow + 6 inches. That allows the flaps to over lap without gapping open and showing your pillow form. You do not need to add in seam allowance on this side, because there are just folds on either end.
If you sew often, you know we are about to talk about right side, wrong side. If you do not sew often/well, pay very close attention to the hemmed edge. When the strip is laid out flat, the pretty side of the hem should be up. When you fold that flap in, the pretty edge folds in and faces the middle of the fabric. The ugly side of the hem should be facing you now.
Then fold in the raggedy end so that it overlaps by about 6 inches. Try to put them sort of equal distance from the edge with about a 6 inch overlap. Now you know why I do not bake, measuring is always a kinda/sorta proposition for me. From end to end, this fabric burrito should be the width of your finished pillow. Now pin the rough edges and take to the sewing machine.
Use the straight stitch and make sure you seal the edges with a little back stitching at the beginning and the end. I also back stich over the part where the hemmed edge meets the new seam. Pillows (at least at my house) take a lot of abuse. That whole -stitch in time saves nine thing makes a lot of sense around here.
Because I do not sew often/well, I have to take another step. My scissors are kitchen shears that I use to cut everything. So, they don't cut anything very well. My cut edges often look like I made them with my teeth. The seam allowance guide on the sewing machine is based on the idea that you will have straight cuts. I use painters tape (green in this photo) to mark a straight edge on the sitch side to guide by.
|do not ask why I am wearing sunglasses|
on my head at night
The other good thing about envelope pillows, when you flip them inside-out the corners come out very pointy with no work. There is no extra fabric inside, just enough to make a crispy, not bulky corner.
I used a very curvy design that needed to be pinned down before tracing it onto the fabric. You can read about the design here. You could use iron on, stenciled or free-hand designs here.
Before starting on the pillow, I tested Sharpie fabric marker, Sharpie magnum marker and craft paint to see which one I liked better. The magnum had the translucent, aged, perfectly imperfect look I was going for. Once again, Hunky Husband did not get it. He kept asking if I wanted a "better" marker.
Once it is all colored in, I think it is beautiful. It did take each of my three girlies asking me 140 times each "Whatcha doin?" I hate Phineas and Ferb, but I love my girlies.
|pretty good free, 1 hour project|
|supplies needed for this project: cloth, ampersand design, sharpie marker & red wine|
|making a pillow, making a pillow, making a pillow, making a pillow, that's what I'm doing|
Hope you love this project and do a few of your own to make your home more visit ready. I promise I'll shut up about pillows for a while.
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