Endless Possibilities with Linking Pillows | Lynne Cimino | Skillshare

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Endless Possibilities with Linking Pillows

teacher avatar Lynne Cimino, Open Your Eyes Bedding

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Hello from Lynne, owner of Open Your Eyes Bedding

    • 2. Knot Throw Pillow Tutorial

    • 3. Sew your own linking pillows

    • 4. Our Story

    • 5. Designing with Linking Pillows, What's Coming Next!

    • 6. Linking Pillows Class Project

    • 7. Bloopers

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About This Class

This class was created to introduce a new product for our store Open Your Eyes Bedding (dot) com

Even though we sell Linking Pillow Cases, we will teach you here how to sew your own set.  

If you can sew a straight line, you can make these.  No zippers or closures so they are super easy to make and take just 10 minutes each.

I start the class with a fun knot pillow tutorial, a very simple project you can make for your home from just two linking pillow cases. 

I have included a slide show of how we built our own straw bale home, explaining why I chose to make my own mattresses and furnishings versus buying commercially made + my reasons for starting  OpenYourEyesBedding.com

Then things will get a bit crazy!  I will share a time lapse video of a more complicated, knot linking pillow project that can make a very thick cushioned surface of almost any size from a dozen linking pillow cases.  

By adding more knots, this project can grow in width and length.  This fun video is just an introduction to the possibilities of Linking Pillows, and no tutorial is included as we are saving that for our next class.

We hope to find unusual natural fillings to use for each class.  This first class we chose a fiber fill made from recycled plastic soda bottles which can be purchased here (the recommended amount is one-half pound per linking pillow). 

I encourage you to watch the HBO documentary Toxic Hot Seat as part of this class:

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Lynne Cimino

Open Your Eyes Bedding


NYC Interior designer, Parsons grad, turned natural furniture / mattress designer

Owner of OpenYourEyesBedding.com and a mother of twins, living in the Catskills in a straw bale house we built ourselves.

Modular + DIY + natural materials are my work and passion.

I love what I do and I am so grateful that I get to be creative every day.

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1. Hello from Lynne, owner of Open Your Eyes Bedding: Hi, I'm lit and today I'm going to teach a class on how to make fun cushions. Using a pillow case I designed for store open your eyes betting dot com on their own, they're pretty unremarkable. They're just long thin to really pillowcases that you could feel with any material that you want. Imagine happens when you start linking them together because their modular the patterns that you can create with them, are endless. Included in this class is a quick tutorial on how to make bright, not throw pillows for the holidays. Even though we sell linking pillowcases on our store, we will also teach you how to sew your own project for this class will help you find inspiration to create something beautiful for your home using leaking pillows. No purchase is necessary. Of course. This is just in exercise to help you imagine the possibilities. I'm not the next part of this class to dive into the fun part, designing with looking for those 2. Knot Throw Pillow Tutorial: to give you an idea of how linking pillows work. Here's a short tutorial. Why not try this yourself to make some bright accent pillows for the holidays? You will need just to linking pillows to make each not pillow. We're going to start with a simple overhand up. I'll do that a little slower so you can see and we're gonna feed the other linking below through and simply make another over handle. Take your two tabs on one side inside, one in to the other, spin it around and do the same thing on the other side. We'll be left with two tabs. Take those and do the same thing. Slide one into the other. Whichever direction feels more right thing and take your last tab and just stick it in underneath inside the not and it will hold itself in place. Spread it out and make it look, um, more uniform and there you go 3. Sew your own linking pillows: sowing the linking pillowcases Super easy, and each case takes less than 10 minutes to cut, so start with fabric that is approximately 72 inches wide. I made my not pillows from a tablecloth I found at restore for a couple of bucks. Cut your fabric to 12 inches wide full. Didn't have the long way. Make sure that if your fabric has a pattern or texture that you want to show on the outside that when you fold it, the pattern or the texture is on the inside. If you're fabric doesn't have a finished edge already like my table clock, turn under one of the 12 inch long edges and so that closed. Start at the finished top right corner opposite the folded edge, so down the entire length of the tube when you get to about 1/2 an inch from the bottom edge, turned the fabric, and so the short bottom end closed. You should have one end open at one end closed. Now turn your case right side out. Pay attention to the little corners at the bottom of the tube to make sure that they're pulled out nicely. Now fold both ends under eight inches. The folds should be on the same side of the tube tat down both folds. Where I have indicated on this photo, use a strong 1/2 inch stitch by going back and forth with your machines. Try and tack it as close to the edge as you can. Don't forget you'll be tacking down both folds. Make sure that the folds are both on the same side of the tube. This is an easy mistake to make now to fill your pillowcases with anything you wish. I used a pillow filling here made from 100% recycled water bottles. I will include a resource for this filling in the notes for this class. Do not fill your pillowcases too much, just enough that they appear full, but they're still loose and very easy to bet. 4. Our Story: it all started when I gave birth to twins in the fall of 2004 we decided to pack up our city lives, moved to the country and build her own nest. When you build your own home, you get to decide on the best materials to use. Wanting a green home, we decided to take our time and try and find the most natural materials available. As we hoped this would be our forever home. We cleared the land and milled are large lumber from the fallen trees. We poured a concrete slab for a small footprint home. We chose straw bale for our walls and insulation and we chose Earth plaster as our interior and exterior finishes. The concrete foundation was sanded and finished with a soy based sealer. It was a long but wonderful project and we're very proud of what we accomplished. Once we moved into our house, I began the task of furnishing it, unlike finding natural, cool and unusual building materials. But it came to finding all natural furnishings. I found this extremely difficult. Billy fell down the rabbit hole. I watched documentaries like Toxic Hot Seat in the human Experiment. The fact that the foam in my furnishings contained 5% of its overall weight and flame retardant chemicals was hard to get over, spending countless hours of searching online forums and blobs. My eyes were finally opened, similar to how we built the house. In order to really know what our furniture contained, I was going to have to make it myself. Some furniture product projects I completed. I was able to create easy to assemble kits with the materials I used to sell in our store. Open your eyes betting dot com so it would make it easy for other folks to do the same. Linking pillows is another such kit. 5. Designing with Linking Pillows, What's Coming Next!: 6. Linking Pillows Class Project: for the class is going to be part inspiration for how you're going to connect your pillows . The pattern that you're going to choose on then the second part is going to be the application. What? You're going to use your new surface. Where you going to use your new surface? So can be it's gonna be a combination. Those two things on you're gonna put together a very simple presentation on, um, posted to the project area that is down that little tip down there. That's his project. 7. Bloopers : so you can You can link them together in any way that you want to create any any headed surface for any up. Um, you can dream so about your toenails. So, um, what was it? Where was I? So linking pillows now? I broke my nose and it's already so linking Pillows. The assignments. Oh, that was close.