Pillows! Pillows! Pillows!

Sewing Classes in the Junction have begun in the Pitter Potter Workshop (as my Facebook friends are well aware). I’ve had two inspiring classes so far and I’m jazzed about the creativity-filled summer that lies ahead. I’ll be posting new workshops regularly, so check back often. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, send me an email and I’ll be happy to discuss your project idea with you – probably create a workshop around it.

Pillows! Pillows! Pillows!
This Tuesday, May 17 from 7-9pm we’re making pillow covers. The class cost is $25 plus materials. Sign up for 4 or more classes for $80 and save $5 a class. Click here to register.

What You Will Need

  1. A pillow form – these can be purchased at most fabric and craft stores, or give an old pillow a make-over
  2. Fabric – probably no more than half a meter total, but double check the dimensions of your pillow form. Also check your design to see how many contrasting fabrics you will need.
  3. Matching thread
  4. Notions – Check the design for extras like ribbon, buttons, tassles or fringe
  5. A zipper or velcro, if you want to be able to remove the cover and wash it. The length of the zipper or velcro should run the length of one side of the pillow.


  • Look around the house for fabric that you can use. Got an old table cloth with a stain? A bedspread? A skirt? These can be upcyled into a pillow cover. Or check thrift stores for curtains, dresses, table cloths or bedspreads with cool fabric.
  • Got the shopping bug? Take your pillow form, a measuring tape and the picture you’ve decided on with you and ask a salesperson for help. That’s what they’re there for.

Below are some examples of what you can do. Not what you’re looking for? Go to Google Images and seach on “throw pillows” (that’s what I did) and get inspired!

This pillow is all one colour, with a matching ribbon and button treatment. You can either purchase the ribbon separately, or buy a smidge extra fabric to construct a band.

These pillows feature bold graphic felt details. Felt generally comes in 12” squares. One square of each colour will be give you enough, in addition to your base colours of whatever fabric you choose. Plain is best, and make sure to choose something with some weight.

You do can a lot with braid, buttons or trim (maybe not necessarily a Western theme?) and a cool pattern (maybe not necessarily a cow print?). The pillow on the right uses three fabrics and a button.

The bands are woven into an intricate pattern and secured in the side seams. The bands can either constructed from fabric or ribbon. There are 20 bands in total, mostly about the width of the pillow. They can either match the pillow or contrast with it if you’d like the design to stand out more.

Sometimes simple is best. These elegant pillows are made from raw silk and embellished with an applique and buttons.

How about a splash of eye-popping colour? The button treatment adds texture to the plain fabric.

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