Sewing for the Home: How To Create A Decorative, Pocket Pillow! | Tiffany Dunn | Skillshare

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Sewing for the Home: How To Create A Decorative, Pocket Pillow!

teacher avatar Tiffany Dunn, Fashion, Sewing, Design

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Preparing Your Fabric


    • 3.

      Cutting Your Fabric


    • 4.

      Ironing On Interfacing


    • 5.

      Sewing Pocket


    • 6.

      Sewing Front of Pillow to the Back


    • 7.

      Stuffing and Closing Pillow


    • 8.



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About This Class

In this class we will be making an easy pillow design featuring pockets for a notebook and some pencils or pens. This class is great for anyone! You don't even need a pattern, we will be cutting out simple squares and rectangles of fabric. There are so many ways to make a pillow like this, the possibilities are endless! 

For the class project you can follow along with how I made my pillow, or create your own version!

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Tiffany Dunn

Fashion, Sewing, Design


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1. Intro: Hi there. My name is Tiffany. Done, and welcome to my class. Today I'm going to teach you how to make your own decorative pocket pillow. What's so great about this project is that it is so simple. You don't even need a pattern because we'll be working with simple shapes, such a squares and rectangles. What else is great is that there are so many ways you can make this pillow. The possibilities are truly endless. You don't even have to make it the way I did. That's what's great about working without a pattern. You can change it up, however you want for the class project. You'll make your own pillow. You can either follow along how I made mine or create your own version. Please check in the about section below to find a list of tools and supplies you'll need for the class. And don't forget to post a picture of your finished pillow in the project section. Thank you so much for your interest in my class. I really hope you want something great and have a lot of fun. Let's get started 2. Preparing Your Fabric: All right, So your first step is to wash and dry your fabric. It is an optional step, but I do highly recommend it. It will make sure your fabric is as clean as possible, and it'll help prevent shrinking in the future. In case you have to wash it again. After you take it out of the dryer, it will probably be wrinkled, so go ahead and iron it. This will help make sure that you cut it straight as possible, and we'll give you a nicer looking finish. Be sure that you iron on the wrong side of the fabric to keep the front looking as nice as possible. 3. Cutting Your Fabric: All right. Next, we're going to cut our fabric and are interfacing for the pocket. You're only gonna cut one out of the fabric and it's going to be eight inches by 13 inches for the pillow. Be sure to cut to one for the front and one for the back. And your measurements are gonna be 13 inches by 13 inches. You can cut Theis however you'd like. However, I'm gonna show you my method. What I do is I take the fabric and I fold it to the required measurement, which is 13 inches. I then smooth out the fabric and hold it down while I gently cut across the fold. I really like doing this because I think it saves time and you still get a really nice straight line. All right. Next, we're going to do our interfacing. It's almost the exact same as cutting your fabric. The only difference is cutting the pocket 7.5 inches by 13 inches. This is where the hem of the pocket. And as you can see, I'm not even using anything for this either. The interfacing is transparent enough to where I can kind of see the lines through it. And so I just use that as my guide and cut straight through 4. Ironing On Interfacing: When applying interfacing, be sure to use the back of the fabric. You also want to be sure that the bubbly side of the interfacing is facing the fabric. Then just follow your manufacturer's instructions and iron it down. Once you have done this for both the front and the back sections of your pillow, then it's time to move on to the pocket. The pocket interfacing is half an inch shorter than the pocket fabric, so make sure that that half inter fabric is showing at the top of the pocket. Folds that piece of fabric down and iron it as well. 5. Sewing Pocket: Now it's time to so down the him of the pocket, so is close to the edge of you can, as you see that I'm doing here. Then place your pocket on top of the front of the pillow and place pins down both sides. Once you're finished, you're going to so as close as possible to the edge of the pillow. This is just to keep the fabric still on the front of the pillow while we're adding the rest of the lines to separate the pocket. Now it's time to so sections onto the pocket. Take your measuring tape and measure 3.5 inches. You're going to add a colorful piece of tape to the edge of the measuring tape, and this will be your guide. This is a really great trick for when you're seam allowance lines. Don't go as far out as you need. Now line up the edge of your fabric with the colorful piece of tape, and so all the way down the front of the pocket. We're going to repeat this process several more times. The next one, you're going to move your piece of tape to 2.5 inches for the seam allowance. And then we're going to So down the front of the pocket again. Finally, we're going to move it toe 1.5 inches and so one last time down the front of the pocket. Now we're ready to so the front of the pillow to the back. 6. Sewing Front of Pillow to the Back: now place the right side of your fabric together, then pin all the way around. We're going to leave about a 2 to 3 inch opening, and I like to mark this by turning a pin sideways, because sometimes I forget that I need to leave an opening and then I have to seem rip it. So by placing the pen sideways, it reminds me that I need to skip sewing there after you finished pinning your pillow together, it's time to start sewing. You can move your piece of tape to half a niche because that will be our seam allowance and then just start to so all the way around. When you get to a corner, try to estimate how close you are to half a Nen church for the next side and then turn the wheel on the side of your machine until the needle goes down back into the fabric, Then turn the fabric to face the new direction and keep selling. Don't worry about it. If you're a little bit off, just try to line back up the edge of the fabric with your piece of tape and keep going after you finish sewing all the way around. Take your scissors. Cut the corners off your pillow. This will help it look nicer when you turn it right side out. No, the next part might take a little while because the opening is going to be really small. But start to turn your pillow right side out. Pay special attention to the corners, pushing them out as far as you can. 7. Stuffing and Closing Pillow: now begins stuffing your pillow. This part's pretty easy. Just keep stuffing until you're happy with it. There's no real method to it. Just make sure that you evenly distribute the stuffing throughout the pillow. Once you're happy with it, go ahead and full the edges down as you see here and then send it through your sewing machine with his exact stitch, this will be the final result. 8. Outro: and you're done. Thank you so much for joining me in class today. I hope you learned something great. Now they know the basics. Try to expand on it, create your own version. Here's a few examples to help get you started trying making a pocket without the sections, or try making it without a pocket at all. You can even change the size, the shape, the color. It's really up to you. You could even make a whole set if you wanted Teoh. And when you're done, you can use these pillows in your home in your office for traveling. You could even give. It was a gift to a friend's. Please don't forget to post a picture of your finished pillow in the project section of this class and thank you so much again for watching. I hope you learned something great. See you in the next one