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From: MrsG62604
Date: 09-23-2004, 06:38 PM (1 of 4)
I just began sewing a couple of months ago and I am ready for my first project. I want to keep it simple so I want to start with throw pillows. What is the best fabric to use for throw pillows.

Do you leave one side of the pillow partially open just enough to stuff the pillow? How do you finish the stitching once the pillow is stuffed? Would it make sense to use a clear thread so that you can not see the stitching?
User: MrsG62604
Member since: 09-23-2004
Total posts: 3
From: MaryW
Date: 09-23-2004, 07:11 PM (2 of 4)
Hi Mrs. G, welcome to Sew Whats New. :smile:

I think throw pillows are a great starting project. You can use almost any fabric you like but if you want to be able to wash them, perhaps an easy care fabric would be best.

Once you have constructed your pillow cover, there are several different ways of finishing. One way is to stuff and yes, you leave about 6" or so if this is your preference.

Once the pillow is stuffed, you can finish with small hand stitching. Probably with a polyester thread that matches your fabric choice.
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User: MaryW
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From: craftylady_9
Date: 09-24-2004, 09:50 AM (3 of 4)
Hi MrsG....Welcome to the wonderful world of sewing!! :bg: I don't know if this is something that you want to start with, but a quick way to make pillows is to make what is called an "envelope" pillow so that you don't have to worry about leaving a hole to stuff then have to sew that hole up. As well as you could make the back of your pillow so that there is an opening in the center that closes in on itself that you just leave as such, I know there is probably a name for this, but I can't think of it right at the moment. I'm sure if you look on some web sites, you can get some different ideas of how to make pillows, but these are 2 quick ways to do it. Hope this helps.
Hope you all have a happy stitching day!!!! :angel:
User: craftylady_9
Member since: 09-22-2004
Total posts: 6
From: bunzino
Date: 09-24-2004, 06:18 PM (4 of 4)
Just a bit more on what Crafty lady is describing. The front piece of the pillow is one piece of fabric. The back is 2 pieces that overlap to a size to match the front. The overlap pieces are finished on the edges so they don't ravel, but are not sewn together. That is the opening for the pillow, stuffing, whatever. Then, you can wash the cover.

Hope that helps -- I do a lot of pillow covers that way,

User: bunzino
Member since: 08-16-2002
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