The way to Measure & Cut Fabric for Decorative Pillows

Decorative pillows are the jewelry of a room’s decor. They improve and encourage the plan scheme and also can introduce texture and pops of color to an otherwise dull interior. A little amount of exceptional fabric can earn a one-of-a-kind design statement, but can be a budget-breaker if custom-made by a professional sewer. But with a little bit of information and some preparation, a homeowner can create her own decorative pillows, reinforcing her own style and freeing up decorating bucks for a different purpose.

Set the pillow filler on a bit of furniture and oriented since it will be when complete. Measure and record the width since the distance from left to right and length since the measurement from the top to bottom. Measurements are listed as “width by length.” The measurements demonstrate the orientation of the pillow, indicating design management and closure placement. For example, a pillow referred to as “20 by 12” indicates that the pillow is 20 inches from side to side, plus 12 inches from top to bottom. The pattern generally runs from the very top to the bottom and a bouquet of flowers, for example, would run parallel to the 12-inch side. The closure would be set in the bottom 20-inch seam.

Assess the width of a pillow cover as from side seam to side seam, and also the length as from the top seam to the bottom seam. Normally the bottom seam homes the zipper or hook-and-loop closing. Add seam allowances and cut on the pillow fabric to the newest measurements. Seam allowances are typically 1/2 inch from home decor sewing. When inserting cording or welting to the flux, make the seam allowance exactly the same width as the width of the welt flange.

Establish one straight line and use it as the side or bottom of the pillow. Draw a line on the incorrect side of the cloth equidistant into the selvege. Use a carpenter’s square or T-square to mark 90-degree corners from this line. Measure diagonally from corner to corner within these perimeter lines and ensure that the measurements are equal.

Cut the fabric according to the design, not the grain, on a printed fabric. Cut a pattern into the required size using clear plastic or partially transparent non-woven interfacing. Center the pattern over the plan on the fabric and trace around the pattern piece. Cut on this line.

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