I was scanning the West Elm site last night and saw their Origami Pillow.
I thought, I can make that! I had just purchased some felt material by the yard at JoAnn's Fabric at the sale price of 2.99 a yard and decided to try it out.
- I used a yard of fabric (I didn't actually use the whole yard but I used a great deal of it.)
- A hot glue gun with glue sticks.
- Whatever you are going to use for your pillow form. I used an ugly old pillow I had laying around.
- Some of that heat and press no sew adhesive stuff.
- This cost about 3 dollars and change because the only thing I had to purchase was the felt and it was on sale!
I started out measuring around my pillow form to see how big to make the cover. I left an extra 2 inches or so around each side. Cut out the fabric. I then proceeded to figure out where to lay the no sew adhesive by using my level/laser. You can't see it (in the pic to the side) but it shoots out a nifty little laser. For some odd reason my mother kept entering and exiting the room while snickering.
I kept trying to figure out what the heck she was snickering about. Finally, after being laughed at several times, she proceeds to tell me people in the sewing world use these cutting mats that have all of these little measuring things so you can decide where to cut your fabric at etc..... It apparently makes it easier. Who knew?
|Here's that cutting mat thingy!|
Anyhow, line it all up and add the heat n bond to where you want your pillow seams to be at. Make sure you leave one end open to insert your pillow. Flip your felt over and iron it all together. It doesn't matter what side it's on cause felt looks the same front and back.
The ironing may take a little longer due to the fabric being thicker. I used the wool setting for the felt and it ironed just fine. I know
After the adhesive is sticking adequately, turn the pillow right side out. Flip the ends of the side you left open in on themselves, gluing them with the hot glue gun.
|Folding the open end of my pillow in on itself and gluing with hot glue gun.|