Tuesday, October 9, 2012

tutorial: mini pillow

My class, The Slice: Basics & Beyond starts today at My Creative Classroom. I thought it might be fun to share a sewing project that I made using my Slice.

  • Slice and mat
  • Parties Design Card (or the design card of your choice)
  • a fat quarter of fabric
  • a 10 inch square of fabric
  • fusible webbing
  • sewing machine and accessories
  • needle and thread
  • Polyfil
  • scissors
  • iron and ironing board
  • pins
  • pencil

Step 1

3 fabric squares

Cut 2 pieces of fabric into 10 inch squares from the fat quarter and a 10 inch square from another type of fabric.

Step 2

fusible webbing is applied to the brown fabric

Following the package directions, apply fusible webbing to the back side of one piece of fabric that was cut from the fat quarter. Leave paper backing on.

Step 3

from the Parties design card

On a piece of scrap paper, cut out a bird at 4 inches. We are going to use this to help us position the Slice. Make a note of where the on the die cut the Slice will start cutting.

Step 4

find a position to cut out the bird

Place the fabric square with the fusible webbing on the glass mat. Move the paper bird around the fabric to see where you like it. Mark the starting position lightly with a pencil.

Do not place your template too close to the edges of the fabric. You will need to leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the edge of the fabric.

Step 5

the first bird is cut out

Place your Slice on the mat in the general area of your pencil mark. Press Select so that the blade drops into position. Double check your placement. When you are happy with the placement, cut out the shape.

Set aside the fabric die cut for a later project.

 Step 6

the second bird is added

If you have the room on the fabric, you can cut out another shape next to the first one using the previous step. Don’t worry if your shapes do not line up perfectly.

Step 7

they look like they are on the same branch

Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut out the small piece of fabric so that the branches are connected. I also cut out the small pieces of fabric that were on the birds bodies.

Step 8

remove paper backing from fusible webbing

 Remove the paper backing from the fusible webbing.

place die cut fabric on top of fabric square

Follow the package directions and iron this fabric on top of the right side of the other fabric you are using. In this example, it is the white fabric.

Step 9

layer fabric, right sides together and sew

Lay the finished piece of fabric, right side up on a table. Place the third piece of fabric on top of it with the wrong side facing up. Pin the pieces together, making sure to leave a 4-5 inch opening along 1 edge. Sew around the edges of the fabric on your sewing machine using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Reminder, do not sew your opening closed.

Step 10

clip corners and press seams open

Remove the pins and trim any long threads. Clip the corners diagonally. This will help with pointy corners when you turn the fabric. Press the seams open with an iron. You could also use pinking shears and trim down the seams to cut down on the bulkiness. Using pinking shears will help reduce fraying.

Step 11

before stuffing

Turn the fabric right side out and use a pencil to poke out the corners.

after stuffing

Fill the pillow shell with polyfill fiber. The amount you use depends on how fluffy you like your pillow.

Step 12

the finished pillow

When finished, take a needle and thread and sew the opening closed. The finished size of my pillow is approximately 8 inches square.

Let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial in the comments.

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