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Tips for Perfect Accent Pillows

Posted on: February 21, 2009

Accent pillows are really versatile and useful. Not only do they draw color to define or embellish a scheme, but also can be used for head or back support, for stacking under a table for floor use, or even to raise a child to the correct table height. But they can be very pricey, and they wear out if used often.

So the way to enjoy pillows without restraint is to make them or recover them yourself! If you are lucky, your pillows came with zippers in them, and you can simply take them apart at the seam and use the pattern to whip up another. A double bonus is that you can usually even use the same zipper.

However, if you are starting from scratch, here are a few tips:

1. If at all possible, use a zipper pattern to make it easier for you the next time you change them.
2. Invest in a roll foot for your sewing machine, which will make adding trim, welts, etc. easier for you.
3. Use two or more shapes for your pillows when using them in one spot; i.e. a bed or a large sofa.
4. To avoid empty corners in your pillow covers, cut a V to the corner before your turn the cover right side out.
5. Finish the edges to prevent unraveling, but don’t leave a lot of bulky hem.
6. When using ruffling, you need to buy three times the linear length around the pillow to have enough fabric to gather.

Use a quality fabric. It doesn’t have to cost a lot…pillows use little material and you can buy remnants. This small change in your room is going to make a big difference!


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