Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Sewing question

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    95

    Sewing question

    I am relatively new to sewing. I am covering some pillow forms for my son's sofa. The forms are 18 inches square. How big should I cut the fabric to allow for the poof of the pillow? Is it ok to use 1/4 inch seams? Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Super Member Thumbelina's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Heaven on earth/to N.E. Ohio
    Posts
    5,214
    Blog Entries
    4
    If the pillow is 18" square, I would cut it 19", and use at least a 1/2" seam allowance if not 5/8". Good luck, hope this was some help to you.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    327
    Quote Originally Posted by Cdrlinda View Post
    I am relatively new to sewing. I am covering some pillow forms for my son's sofa. The forms are 18 inches square. How big should I cut the fabric to allow for the poof of the pillow? Is it ok to use 1/4 inch seams? Thanks in advance!
    I think for a cushion, I might use a slightly larger seam as in regular garment sewing. That would be a 5/8 inch seam. I might start out by cutting the square out an inch or so bigger than the cushion, but you might have to adjust a bit when you see how it fits. You can always baste with a larger stitch, then try it, and sew again with a regular stitch. If you want it to be removable, you can either put a zipper in the back or you can make an envelope back so the cushion cover will slip off for washing. You should be able to find instructions for that on the internet if you search for maybe envelope back for pillow or something. Good luck!
    <a href="http://www.mylivesignature.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://signatures.mylivesignature.com/54489/336/AFDCC36A59CDFF42A211209DA03F222E.png" style="border: 0 !important; background: transparent;"/></a>

  4. #4
    Super Member eparys's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    New England, USA
    Posts
    2,483
    Actually - if the pillow is 18", I would make the covers just a bit smaller so that the pillow fills the cover completely and yes I use 1/4" seams.
    Betty

    A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul.

    http://notesfrommoosehaven.blogspot.com

  5. #5
    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,666
    For knife edge pillows that are sewn shut, I cut my fabric 1" larger than the pillow form and use a 5/8" seam. That way the "finished size" of the cover is actually 1/4" smaller than the insert size so it is plump without being stressed at the seams. I also taper the corner seams slightly to avoid pointy ears at the corners...hate those. You will need to cut extra fabric if you are making removable covers.
    Last edited by ghostrider; 12-01-2011 at 03:08 PM.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    NYC, NY
    Posts
    160
    Thanks ghostrider - always wanted to know how to do this properly.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lived in San Diego now retired in Eagar, AZ.
    Posts
    861
    Blog Entries
    1
    the standard size pillow form is 14" and that is so you can use a 12" pc of fabric or 12" quilt block.... it is meant to really 'stuff' the corners well and make the pillow 'poof'.... the 12 block would of course be the finished size...cut at 12.5 for 1/4" seams or 13 for 1/2" seams...I only mention this to demonstrate that if I was covering an 18" pillow form, i would use a 16" cover.... if these are foam...trim off the sharp corners with your scissors, they will look much better in the covers... just snip at a 45 deg angle to 'soften' the edges... if they are 'filled' forms...you're all set...
    Last edited by deemail; 12-01-2011 at 06:02 PM.

  8. #8
    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Upland CA
    Posts
    18,358
    I totally agree with ghostrider, this is the way I would do it.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lived in San Diego now retired in Eagar, AZ.
    Posts
    861
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by deemail View Post
    the standard size pillow form is 14" and that is so you can use a 12" pc of fabric or 12" quilt block.... it is meant to really 'stuff' the corners well and make the pillow 'poof'.... the 12 block would of course be the finished size...cut at 12.5 for 1/4" seams or 13 for 1/2" seams...I only mention this to demonstrate that if I was covering an 18" pillow form, i would use a 16" cover.... if these are foam...trim off the sharp corners with your scissors, they will look much better in the covers... just snip at a 45 deg angle to 'soften' the edges... if they are 'filled' forms...you're all set...
    I just read this again....are these new cushions or pillows...if cushions, then of course, cut the cushion size plus 2 seams and then wrap the forms in upholstery batting or 2 layers of quilt batting in a pinch, the batting fills in all the corners beautifully and makes them look professional. don't skimp on the size of the zipper...longer makes it easier to insert the cushion form...i also wrap the batting wrapped cushion in a long strip of saran wrap or a garbage bag (with sides slit)...then after inserting in the cover, pull one side of the plastic and the whole thing will come out... ready to use on the next cushion...this doesn't sound necessary till you try to slide fabric over the cushion and it grabs...

  10. #10
    Super Member lalaland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Yakima, WA
    Posts
    2,484
    Good instructions on this website.

    http://sewing.about.com/od/freeproje...lopepillow.htm
    Thought for EVERY Day: You know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them.

  11. #11
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    33,979
    I also would use a 1/2" - 5/8" seams, 1/4" would not be large enough and may rip out with use.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Southern , Virginia
    Posts
    1,536
    I certainly have learned a lot from your question!! We are so lucky to have such talented people to help us when we need it !!!

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    western NC
    Posts
    491
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    For knife edge pillows that are sewn shut, I cut my fabric 1" larger than the pillow form and use a 5/8" seam. That way the "finished size" of the cover is actually 1/4" smaller than the insert size so it is plump without being stressed at the seams. I also taper the corner seams slightly to avoid pointy ears at the corners...hate those. You will need to cut extra fabric if you are making removable covers.
    I have made lots of throw pillow covers and this is the way I do it too. This way the cover is tight and smooth.

    Pat

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.