Pillow-Stitch with “little a”

Little a was home for a few days (yippeeee!!) and she thought it would be a great idea for us stitch a few throw-pillows for her apartment, using some fat-quarter fabrics that she purchased at a quaint quilt shop when we visited Colorado in March.  We set aside one evening to get the job done.  The results:

reversible pillows: IMG_7450

IMG_7447We purchased the pillow forms at JoAnn’s…the rectangular pillows measured 16″ x 12″ and the square was 14″ x 14″.  We cut the fabrics 17″ x 13″ and 15″ x 15″, leaving us a 1/2″ seam allowance.  We I stitched the piping with coordinating fabrics that I cut and pieced with bias strips.  Piping is not one of my favorite things to do, but I have an attachment for my Bernina sewing machine that greatly reduces the dread.  After we cut the fabrics, we ironed fusible fleece (Pellon 987F cut to the same dimensions) to the fabric fronts and backs.  Since these fabrics were not home dec weight, the fleece added some much-needed sturdiness and stability.

I convinced little a that this pillow looked great WITHOUT piping…we just “squared off” the corners.  This fabric, “Geekly Glasses”, is from the Geekly Chic collection available at Hawthorne Threads:

IMG_7457 IMG_7456There are no zippers…we just left an ample opening for turning and inserting the pillow form, and then we little a hand-stitched the opening closed.

Alyssa loves her new pillows, and I just loved the time we spent together shopping, laughing and stitching.  A “Big A, little a” adventure to cherish.

“A”

11 thoughts on “Pillow-Stitch with “little a”

    • That “darn piping” is right…the attachment that I have makes things easier, but a zipper foot would work fine too. The trickiest part is at the end, where the piping edges meet. We’ll have to plan a “session”. See you soon!

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