Friday, September 19, 2014

college apartment pillows - part 2

I'm finally back to finish reporting on the college apartment pillows that I helped Thing 1 make last month.  The round pillow was made using an Amy Butler pattern, and you can read more details about the construction of that one here.  But today I want to tell you about the other four pillows we made.  I did most of the cutting, and Thing 1 did ALL of the sewing.

The two square pillows were sewn with home dec weight fabric we found at JoAnns.  Each of these 27" floor pillows has a beige hemp piping/welting trim around its outer edge.  The inserted pillow forms have a box edge instead of the usual knife edge, so the covers are well stuffed - just the way you want a floor pillow!

They also have concealed zipper flaps on the back to hide the zippers and prevent scratching either the floors or people sitting on them :)

In this photo you can see the standard 22" zipper beneath the flap.  I always use this tutorial for placing a lapped zipper on the back side of a pillow - it has several photos and excellent directions that guide you through the entire process.

The two lumbar pillows each measure 14" x 28" and are also made using a home dec weight fabric from JoAnns.  I liked this fabric so much that I bought extra yardage to re-cover the cushions on a rocking chair here at my own house!

Thing 1 decided to sew invisible zippers into the 14" ends of these two pillows.  She's a zipper pro!

All of these gorgeous pillows are now decorating Thing 1's college apartment.  Needless to say it's a very stylish first apartment.  This photo was taken at the end of two days of non-stop painting and moving furniture.  A lot more decorating has happened since then, but you get the general idea.

Here we are outside the building which dates from 1850.  It's on an all brick street with brick sidewalks - very charming :)

Currently I have a cut of home dec weight fabric just waiting to be made into another HoneyBun Pouf pillow for a class sample.  It's on the top of the project pile so it stands a decent chance of completion before the year ends ;-)

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. All the pillows are great! (Thanks for the lapped zipper link.) But I'm most impressed by how you and your daughter work together. You taught her well, Mama. Those sewing skills will keep her throughout her life. These won't be the last pillows she sews! The apartment is adorable, and so is the picture of the two of you.

  2. Wow, she is a zipper Queen! I tend to run from them. Beautiful fabrics and pillows - she'll enjoy those for years.


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