Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter Pillow with Gathered Sides

Snowflake 14
I actually thought this pillow was easier than the first one. And it was a lot quicker to finish! I made this one a little larger than the snowflake pillow and planned to make another style, but then decided I was done. Both pillows were pretty busy looking and I didn’t want to go overboard. So here you go!

Gathered Pillow Tutorial
fabric (about 1 yard of 58'” wide fabric; adjust amount if using 44” fabric)
18” pillow form

Cut 2 squares from fabric across the length (the yard measurement).  You will cut them the same size as your pillow form so they fill it out completely. A little extra fabric is needed to sew in the zipper, so the measurements are 18 X 18 X 18 X 18 3/8. In the diagram, the 18 3/8 length will be from top to bottom on the front/back sections.

The remaining fabric will be split in half to make the gathered sides. It is confusing because the size makes you think you will turn it sideways, but don’t. This is what it should look like using 58” fabric:

Cutting Diagram copy
Put the 2 squares together with the right sides of the fabric together. Attach the zipper according the the directions on the zipper package for a centered application. You should baste the squares together using a 5/8 inch seam allowance and be sure to put the two right sides together that have the longer length to allow for the larger seam allowance. Leave about 1 1/2 inches at the bottom of your zipper which will be sewn with a regular stitch. At the top of the zipper, be sure to leave about 1/2 inch. You can hand stitch the opening closed after you stitch the side seams later if you would like.

Gathered Pillow 1
Finish 3 sides of the left and right panels. (both short ends and one long end) Be sure to do it the opposite on each one so that the sides will be facing out properly on the finished pillow. (Refer to diagram.) To finish the edges, turn in raw edge 1/4 inch and iron flat. Turn in another 1/4 inch and iron flat again.

Gathered Pillow 2
Sew the folded edges down. (My seam allowance was just under 1/4 inch.)

Gathered Pillow 3
Sew a gathering stitch using a 5/8 inch seam allowance along the remaining long edge of each side panel piece. Do not backstitch at either end and leave several inches of thread with which to gather. Sew another gathering stitch using a 3/8 inch seam allowance so there are two rows of gathering stitches running side by side the length of the panel. Gently pull the gathering threads to gather up the fabric until it is slightly shorter than the side of the pillow. Adjust the gathers so they are even along the edge.

Gathered Pillow 4
Open out the two squares with the zipper in the center. Place the gathered side panel along one edge with right sides of fabric together. Sew in place along the edge leaving a space at the beginning and the end so the gathered panel doesn’t go all of the way to the top or the bottom of the pillow. This helps prevent it from pulling the corners down when you tie it tightly later. (This is the way it looks when you sew it—I realized it was actually upside down.)

Gathered Pillow 5
Repeat with the other side, being certain that wrong sides are together. Check to make sure it looks like this when you are done (or maybe while it is pinned and before you sew!) If you “stretch” out the side panels like wings, you should have all right sides showing. The center square will actually be the back of your pillow.

Gathered Pillow 6
Open the zipper. Put the squares right sides together and sew the remaining sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. You will have to stuff the panels into the center while you sew the three sides. Be careful you do not sew the panels to the edges. Trim corners of seams. Turn the pillow cover right side out through the opening.

Insert the pillow form gently and zip the pillow cover closed. Gather up the sides and tie them in a knot. You may have to loosen and tighten several times until you get it to look the way you want it to look. Be careful that you do not pull so tightly that the corners are straining towards the center. Adjust the gathers and knot until it looks like a bow and everything is tucked, turned, or twisted so that you do not see the wrong sides of the fabric.

Gathered Pillow 7
Don’t you love it? That icy blue says, “winter,” but the pretty bow says, “I like winter!”

Gathered Pillow 8
Don’t wish all of the cold stuff away!

Enjoy the winter—the time inside doing cozy things, wearing gorgeous sweaters, playing winter sports, drinking hot chocolate, building snowmen and eating warm soups.
And, don't forget making fun projects!


Anonymous,  said... January 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

I love these pillows ! Stashing them away for next winter ( we ARE heading to Spring, we ARE, WE ARE, WE ARE !!! )

Amy@ServingPinkLemonade,  said... January 20, 2011 at 4:54 PM  

Very cute pillows. Thanks for the tutorials. I'm about to make some pillows and am very nervous. Hopefully they turn out well.

Nancy,  said... January 20, 2011 at 8:59 PM  

I soooo L.O.V.E. this pillow!!!! I love the gathered sides and the color definately says cold.

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy,  said... January 23, 2011 at 6:09 PM  

Oh my goodness, Tammy, this is simply gorgeous! It screams winter, and it is just so elegant! I'm a bit pillow-obsessed lately, and you've given me just one more option. Thanks my dear!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy,  said... January 26, 2011 at 11:02 PM  

Hey Tammy! I featured your pillow today:

Thanks a million!!

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