July 21, 2011

How To: Bolster Pillow

First let me send out a big 
T H A N K Y O U 
to Janell of Isabella & Max rooms for sharing yesterday! I love how the gloss finish coat gives it so much depth!  I don't know how she does it all, and does it all so well, but she continues to inspire me!! 

Ok... over the weekend I finally got around to making a couple pillows for the client of the Big Girl Room {see the latest update on that project}.  When we were shopping for fabrics for the bedroom we got very side tracked and went crazy ordering fabric for almost every room downstairs!  {see all of the extra fabrics for the downstairs}  

Now I have only been sewing for 3 months, but I am the type of person that learns the first 2 steps and will improvise the last 10!  But they say practice makes perfect... right? 
So here is how to make a bolster pillow:

For these pillows I used a bolster insert from the fabric store.  I had a yard of fabric, but could have used a little as 3/4 of a yard for the two pillows {but I always like to get a little bit extra... just in case}!  I also wanted to add a contrasting welt at the ends.  I thought about making one, but found this already made welted bias tape and thought it was perfect!  
The first step is to cut out your fabric.  The pillows were 14"x 6".  So I needed 2 squares {we will call this piece Fabric A} that were 15"x20" {1/2" seam allowance and the circumference of the pillow was 19"}.  Once those were cut, I traced out the fabric for round ends {fabric b}.  

I searched all over the house for a circle that was 7" round and it happened to be the top to my flour canister!
Next, I measured out how much welt I needed... at first thought I assumed it would be 20" considering that was the length fabric A that was going to the round ends, fabric B.  BUT after the first one was cut I realized I needed about 3 more inches. The edges of the bias tape need to be slit so it can form around the circle and that ate up a few inces.   Pin the cut, slited welt to the front {right} side of the fabric keeping the edges as close as possible.  The welt bias tape was 1/2" so it made keeping a 1/2" seam allowance so very easy!

This is the one I came up short on, so I improvised and added a little extra {SSHH don't tell my mom}!

Next, it is time to sew the welt.  I used my zipper foot and made sure the welt never slipped out from under the foot and the edge of the welt stayed with the edge of the circle.

The next step is to cut small slits on the long side of fabric A. 

And then pin the right side of fabric A to the right side of fabric B.

Even though you can't see the welt be sure to keep it under the foot so you know you are getting as close to the welt as possible.  This sounds easier than it is!! I accidentally sewed over the welt and had to rip the whole thing out... so go slowly!!

Once that side is done repeat on the other side.  And voila!! Bolster pillow is formed!

Stuff insert in and whip stitch the seam closed!  

It was a whole lot easier than I thought I would be!  I am very proud of myself and starting to impress myself with my sewing skills! 


I am linking this project and my
How To: Upholstered Tufted Headbaord project
to Judy's  of DIY by Design's Sizzle into Summer Link Party.

Head on over to DIY by Design to check it out!


lisaroyhandbags said...

great job! I love how they look on those clear chairs :)

Janis@ Home Style said...

Great job and I love the choice of fabric too.

Allison said...

Fun pillows! Great pop of color for your chairs. You are quite the sewer! I'm just starting out.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Wowzers Tiffany! I cannot believe you have only been sewing for 3 months. I started in January and am terrified to try welting. Great job lady.

Thanks for linking up to mix and mingle this week.

Ingrid said...

Great job! I am excited to try a couple myself, you inspired me! I thought they would be a lot harder.

Judy said...

Awesome job and awesome tutorial. I will be featuring these at my Sizzle into Summer party tomorrow night at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

Gray Shelton said...

I love the fabric! Good job sewing these! I too am a beginning sewer, but decided to tackle a sofa cover....I feel like I've been wrestling alligators for two days!! Good luck with your seeing adventures!