I've slowly been updated my living room/dining room/foyer space, and added some fun new pillows last week. I have never, I repeat NEVER, used pom pom trim before, and I can't believe it took me so long. This stuff is super easy, people.
A little background:
This fabric is Hollywood by Alexander Henry. I think it's out of print now or must be going out of print, because I can't find it online anymore. Last time I was in JoAnns, I bought all they had so that I could recover another chair in this fun print.
The trim is a simple brown pom pom trim that I found on clearance at JoAnn's for $1.97/yard! I squealed when I saw the price and bought it all.
For the basic pillow tutorial, I use this post by PieBirds that I found via MoneySavingMom. It explains how to make an envelope closure really well.
I also used pillow forms that I picked up at a friend's yard sale. They are standard 18" x 18" pillow forms.
So, let's get started!
I cut a square of fabric to fit the front of my pillow and started pinning the pom pom trim around the edges. You want the edge of the fabric and the edge of the tape to match. Start in the middle of a straight edge. This will conceal the start and end well so that it's not noticeable.
The tape is what I call the brown ribbon-like section of the pom pom trim. For this project, I didn't want that part to show, so this tutorial show you how to conceal it completely.
See how it lines up? This will make the next step much easier.
And another side note- I'm not the kind of sewer that typically pins things. Meaning, if it says to pin something together, I may or may not pin it. Sometimes I just pin very sparsely. I'm a slow sewer, so I just watch it and maneuver the fabric as I go. Maybe not the best sewing skill I have. But for this project, you MUST pin. Trust me. You can't do this without pinning. A LOT.
When you get to the corners, let three pom poms or so bunch together and pin liberally around the corners. On the straight edges, I pin about every three or so pom poms. On the corners, I pin every one. Again, it makes step two much easier.
When you meet back to your starting point, over lap about one segment but keep the pom poms even so that it will look uniform once finished.
Once the entire perimeter of your pillow top is covered with trim, it should look something like this.
Now it's time to sew. Set the needle position of your machine to the far left and start where your two ends meet.
Sew around the entire perimeter of the pillow front. I use a contrasting thread for this step, so I can see exactly where my stitches are. I also use the right side of my presser foot as a guide to keep my stitches straight. When you get to the corners, you may need to overlap part of the tape. This is totally okay since it won't show on the finished product.
Once the pom pom trim is all sewn down, put your two back pieces on top of the front piece, right sides together. Pinning the back to the front is a little tricky because the pom pom trim obviously doesn't allow the pieces to lay flat. The most important thing is that the edges line and you have a clear edge to sew.
Keeping your needle in the far left position, go back to the sewing machine and sew around all four sides of the square. Again, start in the middle of a side and not on a corner.
This step involves some "blind faith" because you want to sew your front and back pieces together and conceal all of the brown tape in the seam. To do this, allow about 1/8" of fabric to go beyond the edge of your presser foot. Your needle will sew beyond the tape, keeping it from showing once turned right side out. Make sense?
Essentially, you're sewing at a place where the needle only penetrates through the two layers of fabric, not the tape of the trim. It sounds confusing, but if you've lined up everything perfectly, just keep the 1/8" past the right side of your presser foot and you'll be fine. I also use my fingers A LOT during this step to help me feel exactly where my needle is sewing.
This is by far the most time consuming part because you can't sew this quickly. Just be patient, put on some good music and take your time. You're almost done!
Turn it right side out and put your pillow form inside!
I love the finished product. Any questions?