After updating my little pillows into my new blue no-sew throw pillows I really wanted to update my other beige pillows. That little pop of blue made such a difference! So now I wanted to add a bit more color! And I really wanted a sewing machine.
After buying a Brother sewing machine on Craigslist for $30 I just wanted to sew a very basic and simple square pillow.
Here are the supplies you will need:
- An old pillow or a pillow form
- A sewing machine
Begin by cutting your fabric to size. In order to determine amount of fabric you need use this equation: (Length x 2) + 1. That is, of course if you have a square pillow. My pillow was previously 18 inches square so I needed 37″x37″ of my fabric.
Fold over and pin 1/4 inch of fabric on all 4 sides of each square. Iron them down and remove pins.
Place right sides of fabric together, leaving the insides/wrong sides on the outside.
Pin your 2 squares together leaving a small opening in the middle. This is where you will stuff your pillow. If you are using a pillow form, you may need more space to shove it in. If you are just using stuffing like me, all you need is the width of your hand.
Sew all your sides, leaving the opening un-sewn.
Flip your pillow inside out and stuff it with either your pillow form or your stuffing.
Once your pillow is stuffed, pin the opening closed. Sew the opening closed. with either a sewing machine or by hand with a whip stitch.
And now you are done! And it was so easy, right!? I realize it is basic but at one point people don’t even know the basics. In fact, it is so basic that you could do it by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine!
But what a difference it makes! Such a lovely pop of color!