Monday, November 19, 2012

How To Make a Cloud Pillow

Let's kick start this week with a tutorial on cloud pillows :) something very easy to do and very trendy if you will.

You need:
  • a piece of fabric (dimmensions differ depending on how big you want your pillow to be. I used half a meter of fabric and folded it in two to make my small-medium cloud pillows)
  • a pair of scissors
  • needle and thread
  • your sewing machine (however if you have the patience and don't have the machine, you can make it by hand)
  • measuring tape
  • a pencil, or marker, or chalk, whatever you feel comfortable with
  • pillow stuffing
You can buy all these (except for the sewing machine) at a local dry goods store.

pillow stuffing

Step 1:
Take your piece of fabric and fold it in two. Draw a cloud with the pencil, or marker or chalk, whatever you have near you.

Step 2:
Use the scissors to cut along the trace you've made leaving about 1 cm distance between the pencil mark and your cut.

Step 3:
Sew the two pieces of fabric together with your sewing machine (choose the basic stitch). Follow the trace you've made with the pencil, or the chalk. Don't forget to leave a space of around 10 cm or less. Do not sew that space because it will help you turn your pillow around and put the stuffing inside

Step 4:
To prevent the fabric from clamping, one should relieve the tension by cutting into that 1 cm space you left when you cut the shape of the cloud. Cut into it, without penetrating the seam.

Step 5:
Using the 10 cm space you left turn your fabric inside out. It should look like this (the seam is not visible):

Step 6:
It's time to put the stuffing in. I used about 200 grams of stuffing for a medium cloud-pillow but it depends how stiff you want your pillow to be. You will use the 10 cm space to fill your pillow with stuffing.

Step 7:
When you're through with the stuffing, sew the 10 cm space as close to the edge of the fabric as you can.

Here are my cloud-pillows:

My little ballerina seems to be enjoying herself :)

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