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May 25, 2017

Retro Craft Time – Let’s Make a Throw Pillow!

By Sara In AZ


OK, sooooooo……I found this teeny-tiny scrap of fabric at the thrift store a while back and I could not leave it behind…..but what to do with it….what to do?


I loved the atomic design so I thought – why not make a pillow!

I washed the fabric piece and also ironed it, then I cut the fabric into more of a straight rectangular piece (basically I cut the curved chunk off at the bottom)  so I’d have a good straight base to start from.

I decided I wanted the pillow to have more of a decorative edge, that would not be stuffed, so to reinforce the edges I broke out my interfacing and and ironed about an inch band all around the front and back (inside) edges of the interior of the pillow.


Here is the interfacing waiting to get ironed in. I know it might be unclear why I am doing this……it’ll all make sense in the end! Promise!!!


Now the interfacing has been ironed in and we are ready to sew!




Ok, the perimeter has been sewn and now we need to flip it right side out so we can move onto the next step!


Here you can see the pillow is closer to becoming a “pillow”! I have turned the fabric right side out and I’ve ironed down all of the edges – you can see I left a small opening for the stuffing!


Stuffing opening!


Now, onto the decorative edges! I’m not even sure you’d really call this a “decorative edge” but since I have no idea what else to call it we’ll go with that!


Basically what I am doing is sewing a flat perimeter edge all the way around the pillow (where the interfacing was ironed in) . I am ball-parking the width all the way around the pillow by using Post-It notes in the corners as my gauge for width. I am sure there are better methods, but this is just what I grabbed to use because it was literally right there! Smile

Here you can see the inner perimeter has been sewn in – don’t forget that you will still have to leave an opening for the stuffing!


And we are finally onto stuffing the pillow! Whooooooo!!!


After you stuff the pillow you will need to fold in the edges of the opening (you left for the stuffing) and iron them down so you will have a nice clean edge. You will also need to sew/close in the inner perimeter edge. This can be a bit tricky to do on the sewing machine since you will be fighting against stuffing…you might want to hand stitch this area down.


And here is the finished pillow!


I’m super happy with how it came out! And yay!!! for the little scrap of fabric finally getting used!

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11 Responses to Retro Craft Time – Let’s Make a Throw Pillow!

  1. Melinda Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Super cute! And the pillow you’ve made is called a flange edge pillow.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 25, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Melinda!!! And thanks also for FINALLY letting me know the name of the pillow I made!!! 🙂

  2. Mary Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Nice job! That fabric is really interesting, almost a cross between 1950s atomic and 1970s colors. I wonder if the “atomic” elements are actually supposed to be dreamcatchers, or Oros de Dios? Those were popular in the 1970s too.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks Mary! I know, I totally thought the same exact thing….cross between 50s atomic and 60s/70s colors…I’ve never seen anything like before! And you could be right….maybe they are supposed to be dream catchers?????? I love it whatever it is!!!! 🙂

  3. Mary Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Excuse me, Ojos de Dios (Eye of God). 🙂

  4. CAT Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    This is EXACTLY what I need to do with a few smaller pieces of vintage fabric I hate to part with. And the PERFECT style – with the edging!!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I know Cat, I just hated throwing this onto the pile of other remnant fabrics I had….I thought it was too cute! I’m so glad I made the effort, I really love the pillow, and honestly it didn’t take much time at all – maybe 1 to 2 hours range…..you can do it!!!! 🙂

  5. Susan from Boston Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Sara! You are a true pioneer woman. Is there anything you can’t do?

    Love it!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Awwwww, thanks Susan! XOXO You are too kind!

      Well, maybe rebuild an engine?!? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Lyn Dono Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Great pillow! The pattern is tickling something in my brain. Feel like I saw it somewhere in my youth. To me it has a 70s vibe with the orange and brown.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 26, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Thanks Lyn! And yeah, totally agree….definitely has a 60s/70s vibe…let me know if you remember! 🙂

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