“Full of Thanks” by Once Upon a Vine was a last-minute Autumn decoration.
I’ve mentioned before, that I disregard pattern directions if I can buy a pillow form to fit whatever pillow I’m making. I don’t sew the pillow form into the pillow, which means I can more easily store just the covers for seasonal items. I thought I might as well take pictures and do a tutorial for this type of pillow back.
2. Cut a strip from the pillow back fabric as wide as the height of the pillow by the width of the fabric. (If you get much bigger than a 16″ or 18″ pillow you will need more than the width of the fabric.)
7. Press fold. Repeat with the other strip. Now you have a choice. You can either just place right sides together and sew all the way around the edges of the pillow, or you can place wrong sides together and bind like a quilt. The second option is what is shown in my finished pillow, but I’ll show you both.
First I’ll show how to layer to turn the pillow without using a binding.
Option 1 #8 — Lay the pillow top on the work surface, right side up.
Option 1 #10 — Place the second backing piece over both the pillow front and the first backing piece as shown. Pin the cut edges in place and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around the outside edge. Turn the pillow through the opening in the back. Press stitched edges.
Option 2 # 9 Lay one of the backing pieces over the pillow front matching the raw edges as shown above.
Option 2 #10 Place the second backing piece over both the pillow front and the first backing piece as shown. Pin the cut edges in place. I choose to machine baste all the way around the outside edge inside the 1/4″ seam allowance. Add binding exactly as you would to a quilt. Turn right side out through the opening in the back.
14. This is the view of the pillow back once the pillow form has been smoothed inside the pillow cover. There is enough of an overlap that the pillow back doesn’t gap and the pillow form doesn’t show. It is easy to remove the pillow form for cleaning or storage.