Accent pillows are the perfect accessories to any room. They are comfortable, inviting and can be as dressy or basic as you desire. To buy them can be expensive; however, if you want to save a couple of bucks and get a pillow that truly fits your decorating scheme, consider making your own.
First, start by choosing a color scheme and pattern that fits your lifestyle and desires. If you are making pillows for your living room, you will probably benefit the most from showing off your style.
Choose bright colors that match the furniture in your room. You will need to select a fabric that is durable and comfortable, especially if you spend a lot of time in your living room.
The pattern is one of the easiest ways to show off your style. Choose something unique. Unlike buying huge pieced of furniture, pillows are cheap and easy ways to accessorize for any season.
Next, purchase or rent a sewing machine. If you have never used a sewing machine before, then contact a friend who has experience using one. Threading the machine can be difficult, so make sure you have the assistance of someone who knows what they are doing.
Once you thread the machine and become familiar with how it works, you can begin making the pillow. Many fabric shops sell pillow forms, which are cotton or foam stuffing cores that go inside the pillows for support. These stuffing cores fit perfectly inside of a pillow sham, but your job is to create a pillow sham that fits that stuffing exactly.
Purchase a pillow pattern at any fabric store that is designed to fit around any pillow-stuffing mold. The pattern has the coordinates and cutouts that you will use when cutting fabric and seaming them together.
Keep in mind that when you make your pillow, you will need to work backwards, beginning from the inside out. The most basic type of pillow is the quick and easy reverse pillow with simple stitching along the edges.
Once you begin to make pillows more frequently, you can add fancier trim and begin the art of building layers and borders into your pillows. This involved matching different patterns and colors to create an intricate pillow design that is entirely unique to you and your home.
The final consideration when making your pillows is how many you will make. Many people find that making pillows is surprisingly easy and fun. Once they master the art and form of the basic pillow, they start to experiment with different styles, such as the neck roll. You can making pillows as large or small as you desire and are limited only by your fabric budget, skill-level and time allowed.
Do not forget that the whole idea behind making accent pillows is that they are an easy and personalized touch to your home. When you make your own pillows, you can choose from a wide variety of fabrics and styles to match your tastes. Do not be afraid to experiment. After all, your style is your own choice. Have fun!