Asked on Oct 9, 2017

Easy way to make decorative pillows out ofma throwblanket

FlipturnNancy Turner


2 answers
  • Nancy Turner
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Find the size you want the pillow the pillow to be. Not knowing the size of the throw blanket and pillow or how many you want makes it challenging. Just remember the pillow will be smaller after you fill the pillow to the thickness you want. If you have pillows the size you want, take out the stuffing and use them as a templet and leave probably an inch and a half salvage all the way around. Sew up three sides inside out to the salvage is on the inside. Sew the fourth side leaving enough of a hole to put the stuffing in, put that salvage in the hole and sew the hole shut, this you can do by hand to make it look better. If you do have a pillow to use as a template, try placing it on the throw blanket, leaving enough room for salvage between to see how many you can make. Play around with it. If you fold it in half the right way, you may eliminate having to sew a seam on one side of a few of them and that will save a few inches that you may need to get another pillow or two. Hope this explains it ok, this is what I would do. Any other questions, just ask and any of us here at Hometalk will be happy to help solve the question. You can do this, it really isn't as hard as it sounds!
  • Flipturn
    on Oct 10, 2017

    Once you have decided on what size you want your finished pillows to be, then make a pattern out of lightweight cardboard, or bristle board. Marking your cutting lines on your fabric will be much easier if the edges of your "pattern" are stiff and straight (make sure that your corners are 45 degrees, otherwise your finished cover will not lay flat, and the corners will not align when sewing it together.)

    Standard selvage is 5/8 inches. You didn't say what fabric your throw blanket is. If it is fabric that ravels easily once cut, I would suggest increasing your selvage to 6/8 inches (3/4 inch) just to make sure that it is firm enough to hold when sewing the seams, and strong enough to withstand the force of stuffing. You can always trim it down later before the final closing of the pillow.
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