Adding Straight Corner Ties

  • Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Time Required: 30-60 minutes depending on skill level in addition to basic pillow construction
  • Required items: thread
  • Recommended tools: sewing machine, iron, ironing board, pressing cloth, rotary cutter (scissors will also work), straight edge, cutting mat, tube or loop turner

Notes:

  • This embellishment can be added to any of our pillow kits
  • We recommend using the included optional embellishment fabric strip, but any fabric could be used
  • Spoonflower recommends that all fabrics be washed before use. For this tutorial we did not wash the fabric before beginning. Some shrinkage will occur during washing, due to the squishable nature of a pillow this should not adversely effect the design.
  • Before sewing, and through assembly you will need to press your fabric. Press on the unprinted side or use a pressing cloth to avoid damaging the printed design.
  • This pillow was printed on our preferred Linen-Cotton Canvas.
  • For this tutorial we used Fancy Floral Pillow Kit #3.

Instructions:

  1. Each corner of the pillow will need 2 ties, for a total of 8 ties. Each tie will be folded in half lengthwise, so to get a finished tie of approximately 7″ x 1″, we cut our embellishment fabric into 8 strips measuring 8″ x 2″. This is easiest to achieve with a rotary cutter and straight edge. If you do not have a rotary cutter a scissors can be used, make cuts as straight as possible.Collage_Fotor1
  2. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. Press.Collage_Fotor2
  3. Using a 1/8″ seam allowance stitch along the unfolded long edge and one short edge, pivoting at the corner.Collage_Fotor3
  4. Clip diagonally both corners on the short edge where stitched. Cut close to the stitching but not through it.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
  5. Use a tube or loop turner to turn each tie right side out. Press.Collage_Fotor5
  6. Pin two ties to the sides of each corner of the front pillow piece, one inch from the corner as shown below. Baste in place within the seam allowance.Collage_Fotor6
  7. Complete the pillow construction as usual, being careful to catch the long edges of the ties in your seam stitching.
  8. Tie ends as desired. We went with a simple bow. Enjoy your completed pillow!Collage_Fotor8
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Rectangular Pillow Kit Assembly Tutorial

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Time Required: 30-60 minutes depending on skill level
  • Required items: thread, pillow insert
  • Recommended tools: sewing machine, iron, ironing board, pressing cloth, scissors/rotary cutter, point turner

This is a visual supplement to the instructions included with any of our 14-16″ x 26-28″ rectangular pillow kits. The Fancy Floral Pillow Kit #3 is the one shown here. You can purchase this kit here.

Included with all of our pillow kits is a set of instructions for assembly with an envelope closure on the back. We try to make construction of our kits as simple as possible, making this a great project for a beginner. If you are looking for a more challenging project, our kits can easily be modified to include more complicated elements. Please check our Tutorials page for some ideas on how to add extra embellishment or directions on alternate closure options.

Notes before starting:

  • The pillow kit can be assembled to properly fit any rectangular pillow form insert from 14-16″H x 26-28″W. For this tutorial we will be using a 16″x26″ feather filled FJADRAR insert available from IKEA.
  • The unfinished pillow front size is 17″x29″, the seam allowance needed will depend on your insert size. Common insert sizes are 16″x26″ or 14″x28″, please use seam allowances as noted below:
    • For a 16″x26″ insert, use a .5″ seam allowance on the long edges, and a 1.5″ seam allowance on the short edges.
    • For a 14″x28″ insert, use 1.5″ seam allowance on the long edges, and a .5″ seam allowance on the short edges.
  • Spoonflower recommends that all fabrics be washed before use. For this tutorial we did not wash the fabric before beginning. Some shrinkage will occur during washing, due to the squishable nature of a pillow this should not adversely effect the design.
  • Before sewing, and through assembly you will need to press your fabric. Press on the unprinted side or use a pressing cloth to avoid damaging the printed design.
  • For this tutorial our kit was printed on Linen-Cotton Canvas, our preferred fabric. For this size of pillow kit, a fabric 54″ or wider must be chosen or the back pieces will not be included.
  • Some changes to the printed kit were made after the one pictured here. These include a correction to the instructions panel, a decrease in back panel sizes to allow easier insertion of the pillow insert, and an increase in the optional embellishment strip panel size.
  • This pillow was constructed with the addition of optional ties at the corners. Find directions for how to add these here.

Instructions:

  1. Cut all pieces out on dashed lines.
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    We recommend a rotary cutter and straight edge to get the cleanest and straightest cuts, but a scissors will work just as work.

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    Make sure to cut out the front and both back pieces. We’ve also cut out the optional tag and the optional embellishment piece. Check out the tutorials page for embellishment ideas.

  2. Fold back pieces along fold line, press. Topstitch in place (approx. 1.75″ from fold), or for a cleaner look press in place with fusible webbing.

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    For this pillow we are using a fusible webbing to secure the folded edges of the back pieces. Place the webbing between the two layers of the folded fabric. Follow the instructions provided with the webbing to press in place. Bottom right: The fold line for the back pieces on our pillow kits come pre-marked in the seam allowance. If you would prefer to topstitch the folds in place, see our Square Pillow Kit Tutorial for more information.

  3. Baste back pieces together (folded edges will overlap, right sides facing the same way), so that the outside edge is equal size to the front.

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    The easiest way to get the back pieces to match the size of the front is to overlay them before pinning, matching all the outside edges. Pin the two back pieces together, including across the folds to make them easier to handle while basting. Baste the two back pieces together along the top and bottom edges within the seam allowance.

  4. Pin or clip front and back together, right sides facing. Overlapping folds of the back panel should be oriented vertically (top-to-bottom).

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    Top: For our pillow insert size (16×26) we would have a seam allowance of .5″ along the long sides, and a seam allowance of 1.5″ along the long edges. To keep the seam allowance consistent along all four edges we choose to trim 1″ off each side of both the front and back panels. This left us with an overall size of 17″ x 27″ before stitching. Bottom left: Place front and back pieces together with right sides facing. We choose to add ties to the corners of this pillow, find instructions for this embellishment here. Bottom right: Pin or clip front and back pieces together to make sewing easier.

  5. Stitch front and back together, using appropriate seam allowances.

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    Since we trimmed our pieces to size for a consistent seam allowance, we were able to use a .5″ seam allowance around the entire pillow.

  6. Trim seam allowances, clip corners. Optional: Attach included tag to seam allowance.

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    Top: Diagonally clip the corners without cutting the seam thread for a neater corner once the pillow is turned. Bottom left: Trim the excess seam allowance. This can be done with a standard scissors or a pinking shears; alternately this could be finished with a serged or overlocked stitch, but it is not necessary. Bottom right: Attach the tag to the seam allowance if desired. For more detail on attaching the tag, see our Square Pillow Kit Tutorial.

  7. Turn right side out. Press.

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    Use a point turner get a neat point in the corners and to smooth the turned seams. A chopstick is a good alternative to a point turner. Lightly press the edges of the pillow for a neater seam. Optional corner ties are shown, find out how to add these here.

  8. Insert pillow form, folded back edges will overlap to enclose pillow.

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    Insert pillow form of your choice through the envelop enclosure on the back of the pillow. For this pillow we used the FJADRAR feather filled insert available from IKEA.

  9. Enjoy your new pillow!

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    Enjoy your finished pillow. Shown here with optional corner ties.

Square Pillow Kit Assembly Instructions

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Time Required: 30-60 minutes depending on skill level
  • Required items: thread, pillow insert
  • Recommended tools: sewing machine, iron, ironing board, pressing cloth, scissors/rotary cutter, point turner

This is a visual supplement to the instructions included with any of our 18-20″ square pillow kits. The Little Blue Dog Pillow Kit is the one shown here. You can purchase this kit here.

Included with all of our pillow kits is a set of instructions for assembly with an envelope closure on the back. We try to make construction of our kits as simple as possible, making this a great project for a beginner. If you are looking for a more challenging project, our kits can easily be modified to include more complicated elements. Please check our Tutorials page for some ideas on how to add extra embellishment or directions on alternate closure options.

Notes before starting:

  • The pillow kit can be assembled to properly fit any square pillow form insert from 18-20″ square. For this tutorial we will be using a 20″ feather filled FJADRAR insert available from IKEA.
  • The unfinished pillow front size is 21″, the seam allowance needed will depend on your insert size:
    • For a 20″ insert, use a .5″ seam allowance.
    • For a 19″ insert, use a 1″ seam allowance.
    • For an 18″ insert, use a 1.5″ seam allowance.
  • Spoonflower recommends that all fabrics be washed before use. For this tutorial we did not wash the fabric before beginning. Some shrinkage will occur during washing, due to the squishable nature of a pillow this should not adversely effect the design.
  • Before sewing, and through assembly you will need to press your fabric. Press on the unprinted side or use a pressing cloth to avoid damaging the printed design.
  • For this tutorial our kit was printed on Linen-Cotton Canvas, our preferred fabric.  This fabric has 54″ width of print area, so the optional embellishment strip is included, though we chose not to use it on this assembly. Check our Tutorials page for ideas on how to use this strip.

Instructions:

  1. Cut all pieces out on dashed lines.
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    We recommend a rotary cutter and straight edge for getting the cleanest cut possible on all edges. If you don’t have a rotary cutter a scissors will work just as well.

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    Make sure to cut out the front and both back pieces. The optional tag is also included here. For this version we chose not to use the included embellishment strip.

  2. Fold back pieces along fold line, press. Topstitch in place (approx. 1.75″ from fold), or for a cleaner look press in place with fusible webbing.
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    1. Each back piece comes printed with mark on the two side edges to indicate where to fold over. 2. Fold over the edge at the marks and press in place. Optionally, if you prefer to finish this edge by overlocking or pinking, do this before topstitching.

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    1. We used a fabric guide on our machine set at 1.75″ to topstitch the fold over in place.  2. We used a constrasting thread for maximum visibility for this tutorial. If you would prefer to not see a seam on the back of pillow, instead of topstitching the folded edge could be held in place with fusible webbing. 3. Stitching the edge in place.

  3. Baste back pieces together (folded edges will overlap, right sides facing the same way), so that the outside edge is equal size to the front.

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    1. The easiest way to get the backs to align properly with the front size and create the envelope closure is to lay them over the front piece, aligning the 3 outside edges of each back piece with the edges of the front piece.  2. Pin the two back pieces together to hold them while you baste. To keep the pieces from gaping as you move them, place a couple pins across the middle of the back as well.  3. Baste the two back pieces together within the seam allowance. We basted ours together using a .25″ seam allowance.  4. The completed basting stiches.

  4. Pin or clip font and back together, right sides facing. Overlapping folds of the back panel should be oriented horizontally (side-to-side).

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    1. Place front and joined back pieces together with printed sides together.  2. Pin the pieces to together. The basted edges of the back piece should be aligned with the sides of the front piece.

  5. Stitch front and back together, using appropriate seam allowances.

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    1. We stitched our front and back together with a .5″ seam allowance for our 20″ pillow insert. A fabric guide helps to keep stitching properly aligned.  2. Completed stitching. We stitched our front and back together with a continuous seam, pivoting at the corners. If you are not comfortable with pivoting at the corners, each side can be stitched individually.

  6. Trim seal allowances, clip corners. Optional: Attach included tag to seam allowance.
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    1. Clip the corner off the seam allowances as close to the stitching as possible without clipping the stitches. This will ensure a sharper corner when the pillow is turned right side out.  2. Trim the seam allowances down to reduce bulk when the pillow is turned. To reduce fraying this could be done using pinking shears or finished by overlocking the edge, the wear on the inside of the pillow will be minimal though, so this is not necessary.

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    1. To attach the included tag: Fold in half. Press. Stitch to only the seam allowance before turning the pillow right side out. The tag is printed on the fabric bias, so it wil not fray.  2. The front of the tag when stitched down.  3. The back of the tag when stitched down.

  7. Turn right side out. Press.
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    Use a point turner (a chopstick works just as well if you don’t have one) to get a sharper point on the corners when they are turned out. Running the turner along all the seams will result in a sharper edge and make it easier to press these edges.

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    Lightly press the pillow edges (to avoid damaging the printed design use a pressing cloth) to get a finished look on the turned edges.

  8. Insert pillow form, folded back edges will overlap to enclose pillow.

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    1. We are using the feather filled version of the 20″ square FJADRAR insert, available from IKEA.  2. To insert the form into the pillow, first insert through the top flap.  3. Then bring the second flap over the insert. Make sure to match up the insert and cover corners.  4. Close the two back pieces and fluff.

  9. Enjoy your new pillow!

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    Enjoy!