Hello world, today I do not have much of a story to go along with our Phat Friday tutorial but I often think I talk to much anyway. I’m am gearing up for Father’s Day and one of the things that my phat hubbie always bugs me about is my love for pillows. They are all over the house, but I have mentioned this before. So if you know and my sense of humor you will understand why, as a token of my love for my man, I thought a great way to start off decorating for Father’s Day this year was to add a new…did you guess it…PILLOW to the mess.
First we are going to prep each of our fat quarters by attaching them to the HeatnBond. I cut a 13″ x 10″ rectangle out of each phat quarter and three 12 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ rectangles out of the HeatnBond. The reason your HeatnBond rectangles are smaller is so that the fabric completely covers the sticky part of the HeatnBond when you pair them up. This way when you iron you do not run the chance of gouping (is that a word?) up you iron. Another side note here; use regular scissors to cut your HeatnBond because it does have a paper backing that will dull your nice sewing scissors, just FYI.
So, now we place the WRONG side of your fabric on the ROUGH side of the HeatnBond and press them as one unit. This will allow the HeatnBond to fuse to the wrong side of your fabric creating an easy applique that you can top stitch on. DO NOT PEEL THE PAPER OFF YET!
Next we are going to cut out the image that you have created. If you do not have a Silhouette, like me, you can either go bug a friend who has one, or draw a shape on a piece of paper and use it as a template, tracing it onto the RIGHT side of your fabric and then use your scissors to cut it out.
Once you are happy lift up your applique, being careful not to remove the tape from the fabric and peel off the paper backing of the HeatnBond. If you don’t do this you will start to yell at your iron like I did because my applique was not sticking. In this case, step away from the ironing board, take a small breath, maybe go grab a coke or your favorite go-to, then come back and peel the paper backing off and try again. Your ties should completely attach to your base fabric and make you smile!
Now take your pillow front over to your sewing machine and using a stitch you like the look of, top stitch around each tie. I love zig-zags and like the idea of the black thread popping. If you wanted it to be more polished looking I would try a straight stitch with a thread color that will disappear into your fabric. The choice is yours.
This is the point where you would insert your zipper. I am not going to go through the step of this today, but there are many great tutorials out there for you.
Okay, here we go, reach your hand into the hole created from your open zipper and pull out your new pillow cover! Put a pillow form in it and add it to your collection. Come back next week as we keep the Father’s Day Ideas rollin.