Nautical Red Custom Made Pillow Covers
Holland Art in the Park is a well attended annual event held the first Saturday in August. This is the first year I was a vendor and not a customer. There were thousands of people there and I spoke to many who entered my booth. Besides the word “cute,” I think the second most common comment I get is that my sewing quality is very good. I always display about a dozen throw pillows, but I don’t sell many ready-made. I am, however, frequently asked if I will custom make pillow covers.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a lady who attended that event, had inquired about me making her pillow covers, and to say she had finally purchased the fabric she would like used. When I received the fabric, she said she would like roping on the three 18 X 18 covers to give them a more nautical look. The room they would be used in had a nautical theme and she wanted the pillows to have that look as well. I went shopping for roping, showed her the samples and then she went back and purchased the needed yardage.
The 23 X 23 pillows would have no trim and they were pretty fast and easy to make. I made two of those in a couple hours.
Adding the trim on the others, was a little slower going and included trying a technique new to me. I had solicited advice from sewing guild members, and had gotten a couple home decor sewing books to read about finishing the beginning and end of trim so it isn’t noticeable. It meant loosening the trim and then weaving the two ends together, thus joining them seamlessly. A bit tricky since the trim tends to unravel once the stitching that holds it together is removed. Holding it in place and then stitching it again is also tricky. Pins don’t work and getting it under a pressure foot while holding it snug took some maneuvering.
Patience and perseverance paid off.
I successfully added the trim to one side. Now I had to stitch it to the back.
I always put invisible zippers in my pillow covers and the lady wanted it as close to the bottom as possible so the pillow could be set with either side to the front. That was another tricky step, but I succeeded.
Can you see where the two ends of the trim come together or did I manage to get them pretty well hidden?
So here is one of the finished 18 X 18 pillow covers with the two 23 X 23 forms. The saggy pillow on the right doesn’t have the right size form as I only had one large enough, but you can still see how nice they are. They will be on gray furniture at the client’s home and I’m sure will be much prettier than on my golden brown one.
Please contact me about making custom pillow covers for you. Shipping fabric is easy and I am very affordable compared to the price of interior decorators. You will receive a high quality finished product.