I will do my very best to explain how to sew a bolster pillow. Remember this tutorial has no circles! I did a post about it here. You will need to know basic sewing skills. Skill set Easy!
I have a few tips highlighted in blue.
My instructions are for this size pillow form 14 X 6. I purchased this form at JoAnn's for $5.99 on sale :)
You will need to cut the body 14.5 X 19 - Two pieces 21 X 3.5 - Trim or piping 2 @ 23 inches in length.
|With right sides together sew an 1/2 inch seam across the 14.5 side. Do you see the stitches across the top?|
|Turn your fabric so that the right side is facing you, notice in the above photo the wrong side is shown. Sew your trim /piping on each side of the body. Make sure that the piping is facing inward. (see photo)|
|Your trim/piping should look like this once it has been sewn on.|
Put right sides together and be sure to fold over 1/2 inch so that a raw edge doesn't show when you're done. When sewing on the strip be sure to sew closely to the piping.
|Notice the folded edge|
|Once it's done your pillow should look like this.|
|Put pillow form inside of your bolster.|
|Looking good! Nice and snug.|
|I purchased a cover button kit and extra strong upholstery thread. Extra strong!!|
After following the instructions on the package I now have two covered buttons.
Thread your upholstery needle you can use a short needle for this.
Baste loosely across the top of each side, not too close to the edge or your fabric will fray. Notice the nice even baste stitches, stitch completely around. Now let the fun begin :)
|Pull the string and you should get something that looks like this. Did you? Now you will have to fuss a bit to get an even look. Exciting isn't it? I know who knew.|
|Okay focus, back to the task at hand. You will now attach the buttons.|
|Thread your longest upholstery needle with your extra strong upholstery thread it is very important to use this.|
Use this photo as a guide, it's sort of hard to explain. With the button and thread on the needle, stick the needle and thread directly through the center of the pillow, it will take some wiggle, wiggle but the needle needs to come out in the center of the other side of your pillow. Just like this directly in the center of the other side of the bolster.
Pulling the string will make the other side with the button become secure. Attach your second button and secure tightly.
There you have it! Isn't she cute :)
Hopefully I won't have to do a revision this is step by step, I will have a Frank (Mr. Upholstery) take a look at it.
As a favor to me if you are happy with this tutorial please give "props" to Frank here is his email.Frank@ClevelandUpholstering.com
Now onto other things I had a happy customer on Sunday. Lynne a second time buyer picked up her nightstands and she was so pleased I just wanted you guys to see one last photos of the beauties.
Now I have to do just a little whining. I didn't realize until yesterday that some of my treasured readers have no reply to comment turned on. I respond to every comment that I receive. I had no idea that my reply back to you goes into the abyss. If you're wondering why you haven't received a thank you that's why. Do you really want no reply back turned on? Just curious if so I understand.