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Decor pillows

Alexandra | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

I used to work in home dec and made zillions of pillows, that was years ago and I now can’t remember what I used for ease/non ease.  I’m dithering between 1″ smaller cover than the pillow form or exactly the same size.  In a fit of clean up I threw out all my work sheets but I’m sure I wouldn’t have this in my notes because, duh, this measurement was a given.  The fit is on me to make a couple of more toss cushions, apparently 18 just isn’t enough, but even measuring what I have already made isn’t definative enough.

Home dec sewists, chime in please.

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  1. Josefly | | #1

    I've always cut the fabric exactly the same size as the surface to be covered, nothing added for seam allowances. This was for pillows or for seat cushions.

    1. Alexandra | | #2

      Then how much seam allowance did you use?  Half inch?  Then you would be making the cover 1" smaller than the pillow, right?

      1. Josefly | | #3

        Yes, that's right. One inch smaller in each dimension.

      2. mygaley | | #4

        Some of this depends on how thick your pillow is; you have to allow for turn of cloth. If you are not making boxed pillows your pillows may be too small after stuffing. An easy way to decide is to measure around the entire pillow (like you were measuring a ball button) and divide that in half, no seam allowances. Galey

        1. Kathleen | | #5

          I made my pillows so that they came out exactly the same size as the pillow forms and they looked good. I cut my fabric with 1/2 seam allowances. But I made some accidentally where they were just  a little too big [obviously I didn't measure correctly] and they didn't look as fluffy.

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