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This pillow is made by cutting one piece of fabric which is marked and sewn. Read all instructions first, this will help you decide which way to proceed.


tube pillow form (optional)
old large bath towels
polyester batting or cotton batting (scraps)
medium to heavy weight material
light to medium weight material (optional)
non permanent marking tool
long ruler
hot glue gun
cording (optional)
yarn, wool or string to tie ends

This pillow form was made by using old bath towels, a great way to recycle. First fold the towel, length ways. Tack the ends to hold secure, roll, and again with the hot glue gun, tack the end to the roll. Measure the length of the pillow and cut batting to roll over this. Use as much batting as necessary to make the size. Tack the end to keep in place. You do not need to use to much glue, it is just for holding the form. Following the diagram, mark all the lines with a non permanent marker. I used a chalk roller. Note that measurements are for the size of the towel I used. Yours might be different. The 1/8" mark stays the same for whatever size. This is used for fake cording.

First measure the length and the width of the form. (This is around the pillow). Do not be too small, you can trim the excess later. Add at least a 1" to your measurements.

Find the centre of your fabric. You will be marking lines from this point. If your pillow measures 16", mark 8" from both sides of centre. Add your 1/8", which is your fold line.

Next measure the sides of your form. Divide this number by half and add 1" for your seam allowance. First mark the measurement from the side, then mark the 1 ". This is now the length of the pillow. Trim. Mark a 1/4" from the end . This will also be a fold line.

(option) if you would like to add a centre panel, this must be done first before you go further. Use your lighter weight fabric. My panel measured 10" in width. In order to add cording, lay fabric face up, place cording on each side, sew, flip under and press. (salvage on edge and cord towards the centre ) sew this onto the pillow fabric. If you would like to do some quilting, lay a 9" wide piece of batting under your fabric, this gives you 1/2" seam to press under. You can stipple, do a checker board effect, etc. Sew to top of pillow fabric.

Beginning sewing from the first lines you marked. With fabric face up, fold under on your second line, then sew on your first line. Do both sides. Do not press under, it will flatten the cording effect.

Flip your fabric over to the back. Mark the width of the pillow, sew closed. Do not flip inside out yet. Find the 3" mark and fold out. Fold under the 1/4" mark and sew. Do not sew completely around. Leave a opening to thread your string thru. Thread string thru one end and pull tight. Tie your string as tight as you can. Cut ends of string. Flip inside out. (You might have a h*** at the ends of the pillow. Do not worry. Make a circle from the main fabric and hot glue to each end of pillow before you slide the pillow in. ) Slide your pillow form into the tube. Tie off the other end.

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Comment by Susan on May 19, 2009 at 12:05pm
Very sorry but there are no photos available for this project.

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