Christmas Postcard Pillow | Katelin Catchpole | Skillshare

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Getting Ready to Sew

    • 4. Sewing the Pillow

    • 5. Putting it all together

    • 6. The Final Product

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About This Class

Hello, and welcome to my class! We will be learning how to make a "postcard pillow", using an image of an actual Edwardian postcard. The image provided is for a Christmas pillow, but you could use a different image if you wanted a less seasonal design. 

All you need to get started is a basic understanding on how to use a sewing machine and the following supplies:

-white thread

-printable fabric (more about this in the video)


-sewing machine, plus hand sewing needles

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Katelin Catchpole

Vintage-loving Seamstress, Crafter, and Artist


Hello! I am a passionate seamstress, artist, and crafter. There is nothing I love more than creating beautiful and practical items. Most of my inspiration is drawn from the past, especially from the period between 1870 and 1935, and I love putting my own spin on historical styles. I work both as a mathematics tutor and as a seamstress, creating original garments for my online shop "Phonograph Fashions". I also dabble in a variety of other mediums (paints, inks, wood burning, pastel, and whatever else strikes my fancy).

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1. Introduction: Hi, Run my name's Kate and welcome my skill share class of a vintage inspired seamstress taking most of my inspiration for the 19 twenties but also from the Victorian eras. And sometimes it's late in the 19 fifties, I sell clothing in my Etsy shop. Photograph fashions should see my one of my designs on my logo behind us today. I'm gonna show you how to make a vintage inspired postcard pillow. Now for my image. See it here. I'm using an actual vintage postcard for both the front in the back. Ah, super simple project. All you need are basic sewing skills to get started. 2. Supplies: in terms of supplies, you'll need to buy some sort of printable fabric. I have a couple examples here. What could work? This is what I use. This is so on transfer. So you print it out on your computer and peel off the backing and that it's it's basically just fabric. Some other printable fabrics, like the one I have here, um, are actually intended to be ironed on. They have slightly sticky backing. This is fine. You can use these. You just might want to, um, iron it to something like that, like a light cotton or a very light light fabric underneath, just so that that glue is is attached to something and not sort of just on the inside of your pillow. The other option is iron on transfers. Now. I don't recommend these just because they tend to be a little plasticky and because of the design is covered her whole pillow. It might feel little uncomfortable for this project. You also need some poly fill, so they sell with for stuffed animals or for pillow felling. You get this at most cross supply stores 3. Getting Ready to Sew: Our first step is to prevent a design on the printable fabric. Now I size the image to be eight by 10. This gives enough room around the edges. First seam allowance. Now, as I mentioned earlier, the design I'm using is from my personal postcard collection. It's Avengers designed from about 1912 that makes it in the public domain, and I'm giving you full permission to use it. There are other postcard designs invite online. If you don't like this image, there plenty to find on. You'll dump interest or certain graphic sites. Um, I would recommend using something in the public domain rather than just doing something off the Internet. But with most of these old postcards, you should be relatively safe to use them. Just make sure that you resize the postcard to fit on your paper. Now that we have our design printed on the printable fabric, you want to peel off the backing. I had a bit of trouble with one of these. I ended up having to wet the fabric in order to get the backing off, and then I re ironed it just to get any of the wrinkles out that I got from doing this. It did stretch the fabric a little bit, So one of what? You'll see what I'm sewing. They don't quite line up perfectly. So if you can peel off the backing and what piece that's ideal. I just found some of these cheaper, printable fabrics that some some of them were really good in some of the march. If you have any wrinkles in your fabric, you probably want to give it a little iron. The ironing also will help loosen the fabric of the family feels really stiff. Ah, quick iron will make it more flexible and more fabric like. 4. Sewing the Pillow: make sure the to put the two sides of the fabrica lined up properly. And then so a straight line along three of the sides and then along the bottom edge, you want to leave a three inch gap in the middle. So so a little bit along one side, back stitch, then so bit along the other side, making sure to back stitch the back stitches. Just gonna lock those stitches. So where your gap is when you're sewing it up later, it won't start coming apart on you. 5. Putting it all together: Okay, now we're ready to assemble our pillow. First thing you want to do is clipped the corners and turn the pill of inside out, using the whole that you left at the bottom, you can use a sharp object such as scissors or ah, pencil. Attempt to push those corners out to make sure that perfectly square. Just be careful monetary or material. Once your pillows right way out, it's time to get stuffing. I like to gently pull apart the poly fill as I'm stuffing. I find this gives a more even fluffy field of the pillow rather than it being. I had a Lumbee. - Once your pillow is sufficiently stuffed, it's time to sew up that little gap at the bottom. Using your favorite invisible stitch, carefully sew up the bottom, so that's its flush and smooth, and none of the stitches are visible. 6. The Final Product: and that's it. You're all done. You know, have a cute little postcard pillow to add to your holiday decor. Thank you for watching. I can't wait to see all of your postcard pillows in the project section.