Combining Textures in Cushions!
Posted in Projects on Tuesday the 1st January 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
I am Sewingridd and today I'm going to show you how I made a super fancy pillow case using just a few supplies.
I think pillows are underrated by many people. They are not only nice to lean on, but in my opinion they also have a great impact on the way a living room or bedroom looks. If you're hesitant to paint your walls in a bright colour, but still want to cheer it all up a bit, pillows are the way to go! They're easy to change, so once you're done with them you just pick out another design. And if you're easily bored you could even change between pillow cases every week or so if you'd like.
Of course you could just go to the home store and buy yourself some pillows. But us crafters, we'd rather make them ourselves! This gives us all the creative freedom to choose between colour combinations, shapes, sizes, designs, and even budget. So let's get started!
First, gather your supplies. I used three different fabrics, and two 50 centimetre zippers. My fabrics are all three of different structures, that's why I like the combination. As the main fabric I used this nice red Pre Quilted Fabric. It is nice and firm, and I love the look of the quilting. The black Faux Suede Fabric I had left from a previous project and the grey fake leather fabric I found in a thrift shop but Minerva have a very similar Faux Leather Fabric.
Here's a few more things to keep in mind when doing this project:
If you skip the zipper, make another opening in your pillow case. Otherwise it'll be hard to insert your pillow. :p
A good press works wonders for the final look of all your garments. It looks more sophisticated and less homemade. But always be careful pressing! Especially the inside of this red fabric might melt on your iron, even on low temperature. I recommend using the settings for synthetic fabrics, but always try on a scrap piece first.
When sewing (fake) leather, don't pin the pieces together. The holes of the pins will always stay visible. Try sewing/paper clips or even adhesive tape instead.
I love how my pillow cases turned out! I also like that they are mirrored. That makes them a little more interesting when they're laying next to each other. I also love the red padded fabric I've used here. Because of the thickness, the pillow gets even softer than it already was. I could also picture this fabric as lining for a winter coat, cute baby sleeping bag, warm plaid or even a saddle pad!
I'm looking forward to seeing all the lovely pillow cases you'll make with this fabric!
Thanks for reading,
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