Tutorial: Make a Shabby Chic pillow, or two, or four

October 23, 2015

pillows

Here’s a fun and quick pillow project you can stitch up super quick! I’m featuring my new Shab-a-Fab pillow panels I have available on Spoonflower right here. If you’d like to make one, or some, here’s what you’ll need:

– For one pillow, you will need to order one panel of your choice  from my Shab-a-Fab collection on Spoonflower. I set up the panels to print on one Fat Quarter of Linen Cotton Canvas. I added an extra strip of coordinating fabric on each panel so if you want to make a flap on the back for your zipper to be hidden inside or use a different method for inserting the zipper, you’ll have a bit of extra to work with. Or just stash it to use later, like to add to zippy pouches or any other project you like.

You’ll also need:
– One 12” pillowform
– One 9” closed end zipper
– Needle and thread- any colour, for basting

Let’s get started!

First, cut out the pillow front and back panels along the outside edges of each side. (Seam allowance is included in the finished print size.)

step1

Insert the zipper
Place the panels right sides together, and using a long basting stitch, stitch a 3/8” seam from edge to edge on the bottom.
Next, measure and mark 2” in from each outside edge, and stitch again using a regular stitch length, right on top of the basting seam, from the outer edge to the mark. Be sure to backstitch at the mark as it secures your zipper opening. Repeat on other side of bottom edge.

step2

Press the seam open.

Position the zipper facedown, between the marks, with the zipper teeth centred over the seam, and hand-baste in place with a needle and thread.

step3

With the right side facing up, sew the zipper in place using a zipper foot, and stitch 1/4” from the seam on each side, from edge to edge.

step4

(Nevermind the linty presser foot, I was busy sewing!)

Remove the handbasting, and the machine basting between the marks you previously made.

step5

Assembly
Open the zipper and keep it open for ease of turning.

step6
Sew pillow front and back together, right sides together, using a 1/4” seam.
Finish the seams to keep them from fraying by using a zigzag stitch or a serger.

step7

Turn right sides out, insert the pillow form, zip it up, and you’re done!

step8

british front
Admire your sweet little pillow, and make as many more as desired!

And just in case, here’s a link to the collection of pillow panels on Spoonflower. 

I also have coordinating yardage prints available here!

Happy sewing and and if you make some, or anything else made with some of my designs, please share a link or pic,
I’d love to see!

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3 Comments

  • andrea

    cute! (you must have a HUGE font collection)!

    October 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm Reply
  • Kat P.

    I can’t wait for my order to arrive so I can make some pillows, too! I’ll have some “Cynthia-chic” in my abode! Your creativity is mind-blowing! Loving it, Cynthia!

    November 13, 2015 at 10:30 pm Reply
    • Cynthia

      Aw thank you so much Kat!!

      November 14, 2015 at 9:04 am Reply

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