Scrappy Designer Pillow, Part 2

In the view of the good morning light

So this is where we left off.

Now for the results…

Ms. SpoolTeacher has to study each phase and think, and think of what she wants to do next. Since she had used the pale blue? moire as an inset, she thought it would be a beautiful backing as well. So, what; boxed edge, knife edge, boxed with welts, knife with welt????

What kind of closure, zipper, flap, buttons, grommets with some inventive lock? She’ll figure it out as she goes, but so far, knife edge with welt…

Spooling a Welt

This bias cut fabric was in her resources pile, labeled “good for welts”. Basically, you cut the fabric on the bias as wide as it needs to be to cover the welt and leave a lip for attaching to your article, and then use a zipper foot so you can tighten the fabric close to the cord as you go. Welt can be made from non-bias cuts too, but it tends to “dimple” and is no where near as easy to manipulate as bias-cut.

evening things out

The fabric is very stretchy cut on the bias so there is some skill involved in cutting it straight. Ms. SpoolTeacher uses a straight edge and goes as far as to measure and mark, just to avoid some of the after the fact, cut to fit shenanigans she had to go through when making the Red Gingham Dress…

Spooling the welt to the edge of pillow frontright up next

Pin the welt to the edge, having lip and pillow edges even and use a zipper foot to go along the seam of the welt, as tight as you can.

It helps to clip the welt when you are rounding a corner. Wait til you get to the corner, it is hard to gauge exactly where they will meet up.

When you get to the ends of the welts, you need to trail them off the edge of the seam and cross them over each other and stitch in place.

clip the welt at the corner to make it easier to attach

nice clean corner

Welt attached to front panel

lapping the welt on the bottom edge

Now on to the back portions.

Again, Ms. SpoolTeacher got so engrossed in what she was doing, she forgot to take pictures in progress. Basically, she took the whole “scrap” of blue backing and ironed it first and then cut it into two equal pieces. She didn’t get into calculating a fit, because, well just because. It was already a scrap, and whatever ends were left, would go into the “no scrap left unspooled” pile anyway. So she just started at the center and cut to fit once she got the closure detailed.

Again, she didn’t take a lot of progress pics, but basically, she started with a purple zipper (because it was nice and long and it was purple, there should always be something purple on everything).

She was going to leave it at that but; as usuSpool, got carried away embellishing….

… She added this and that and then that too and that and then decided since she had tucked the rick-rack into the lip and secured it with a pale pink thread, it might be nice to anchor all the other embellishments with the pale pink thread as well….continuity…a good character in good design…

rick rack under the lip, oh yeah! a good little bit of gingerbread.

More forgotten pictures of “marrying” the front to back…

… make them the same sizes, pin together, right sides facing, use zipper foot, and run the seam up close to the welt again.

front and back ready to marry

Turn them right side out, voila!

unzip and turn right side out

finished front

finished back

the inside as seen through the Zipper

so pretty!

Well, what do you think?

Leave a comment, if you please.

Until next time…

Ms. SpoolTeacher is busy finishing the bias armholes on the Red Gingham Dress…, but she’ll be back!


About Ms. SpoolTeacher

Ms. SpoolTeacher is a Designer by career profession, a seamstress by passion, a teacher by osmosis. She's very intent on getting off the grid and loves to participate in anything that uses resources that already exist. She is aka Ms. Jackie of all Trades. She can be found expounding around at any of a number of places, click the vintage pattern Gravatar image to see where Ms. SpoolTeacher expounds around.
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