Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wisteria Pillow construction continued

Putting cording on a pillow makes it so much more professional looking. It is very easy to do.
Look at the picture where I am using a zipper foot and quarter inch cording and strips of fabric cut 1 1/2" long. Measure the distance around your pillow top to get the measurement that you need to use for the fabric strips.
Fold them in half, and insert the cording. Stitch as closely as possible to the cording.
With raw edges together, begin about 1/3 of the way down on one side, leaving 2" not sewn down, begin sewing the cording to the pillow top, using a 1/4" seam. Once you come to the corner, make about 3 small snips in the cording seam allowance to be sure that it will turn the corner nicely. To join ends, open the stitching at both ends of piping, exposing the cord. Trim only the cord so ends meet. Fold 1/2" of one end of opened seam to the inside. Lap raw end over turned end of the piping and encase the cord; pin and baste along the seamline.
Lapping the closing on the back lining: Cut two pieces 10"X14" for the back of the pillow. Turn under 1/4" and then turn under again an inch. pin and stitch.
Repeat on other piece of lining. THen lap one hemmed edge about 3" over the other hemmed edge. Pin across the lining so it will stay in place while you sew the lining onto the top.
After finishing the lining, with right sides together, pin pillow back to top. With cording side up, stitch around the pieces using a zipper foot to get close to the cording.
Flip and turn right side out. Insert Pillow form. See all pictures to help in doing each step.