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DIY Throw Pillow Hacks On a Budget: How To Save Time & Money!

DIY Throw Pillow Hacks On a Budget: How To Save Time & Money!

Coming up on this episode of ‘Designed to
the Nines,’ I show you how to make a designer feather pillow with the piping. But we’re breaking some rules so viewer discretion
is advised. Hi! I’m NataLee with designedtothenines.com, where
if it has to do with the home, you’re going to find it here. But I post weekly tutorials, so if you’re
interested in that hit the subscribe button below and turn on the notifications. Anyone who really knows me knows that I’m
a rule follower. I like to follow the rules. I like to do things the right way. But sometimes rules were meant to be broken,
and this is one of those times. You really like to follow all the sewing rules
out there, you might want to cover your eyes because I’m going to … Oh! I know I’m going to get some comments on this. But we’re breaking some rules. And it’s all in the name of saving time, saving
money, saving fabric, and it will still come out looking amazing and everybody will be
like, “Whoa, you made that?” Anyways, let’s get started. Here’s what you’re going to need in the way
of supplies. First, you’re going to want to start out with
some home décor fabric. This is how you save some money on it. First of all, if you can find one of those
amazing warehouses that sells home décor fabric for super cheap … those are amazing,
those are my favorite. I have yet to find one here in the Orlando
area. So if you know of one hit me up in the comments
and help a girl out, because I am dying to find a good place to get home décor fabric
for super, super cheap. But if you don’t have that I’m going to help
you out. Here’s what I did. I went to Joann’s and I found this in the
remnant section. It’s 23 inches. It’s just enough to do a pillow, especially
with our cheater method, and I got it for less than $1. Isn’t that cute? $1. Okay?! How I did that is remnants are already 50%
off the regular price, and then on top of it, they were having a sale yesterday where
they had added an additional 75% off. So I got this for less than a buck. Such a score! I am so excited about it. And then you’re going to need a pillow. I prefer a down pillow. This is one that I already had that I inherited
when I bought this house. Didn’t like the cover, so now I’m putting
a cute cover on. But the ways you can save money on this is
… at, like, Ross they sell them every day. I see them for 6.99. If you hate the cover, just take it off and
we’ll put on something cute. But if there’s a nice down pillow, grab it
for 6.99. That’s a deal. I’ve even been known to pick them up at thrift
stores before. Like, if they’ve been sitting on a granny’s
couch covered in plastic … I try to find those. But I inspect them very heavily. I unzip the zipper, look for any stains, smell
it, look it over really thoroughly. I’m pretty particular with that. Okay. Then you’re going to need a measuring tape
thread. Get good thread. I just found if you use the cheap stuff, it
will skip the stitches. It will be a nightmare, and it’s just worth
getting good thread. Especially when you’re working with heavier
fabrics which home décor fabrics typically are. So just pick up a good thread. A measuring tape, scissors, some pins, and
then cording. Now when I first started, I used more of this. You can see … this is like a bias tape piping. But I’m going to show you how to use it with
just regular cording so you can get that. This is 3/32 cable cord. I prefer a 5/32 but they were
out, so I just picked this up and this will work. This is … I used a coupon and this was less
than 59 cents a yard. And so, super cheap. So all in all, my project’s only going to
be a few bucks. But even if you had to buy everything and
you were able to find a good deal on some home décor fabric, you could do this for
less than $10 for a professional feather down pillow. It’s a steal! So let’s get started. I’m going to show you how I go about cutting
it. And so for all of you who don’t like to break
the rules, you’re going to want to turn away for a second. Okay, so the first thing you’re going to want
to do before you start cutting your fabric is measure the dimensions of your pillow. So I’ve got a measuring tape here, it’s a flexible
one. And we’re going to measure it from seam to
seam. Mine is 20 inches. Now, mine’s really nice and full so I’m going
to add an inch and a half on either side for a three quarter seam allowance. But if yours is kind of flat, you can make
it smaller and that will fill it up a little bit more. Okay, so you can see that I measured it to
21.5 inches right here. And then we’re going to just cut … hopefully
have some nice cutting scissors. It makes all the difference. And then we’ll just keep moving this down. And so what I’ll do sometime to make sure
that everything’s nice and square is I will fold it on the triangle … and use that as
my cutting guide. This is our first square, and I’m going to
use this as a pattern. Okay, so this is where I big time cheat. And I know that this part is going to get
a lot of comments from people who are purists. Yes, I know this rule. I’m just breaking it. It’s okay. What they typically do for piping is cut it
on the bias. Now what that means is cut it on a diagonal. You get more stretch that way, but it takes
up so much more fabric and it takes time in lining it out. I have found in my experience the piping doesn’t
matter all that much, and it being on an angle or not. So what I am going to do is I’m going to make
it from my scraps. I’m going to piecemeal it together and … honestly
you guys, it will be fine. Trust me. Okay. So what we need is about an inch and a half
of fabric. I fudge on this all the time, so I kind of
eyeball it a lot of times. So we’re going to make about 86 inches worth
of piping …20, 40, 60, 80…. Got that right. And then we’re going to need some seam allowances
in there, so I would … on the safe side, cut like 90-92 inches worth of fabric in
whatever direction you want. I mean, there’s some times when it might matter
a little bit, like, with stripes or things like that. But more often than not, it really doesn’t
matter. So let’s cut away. So what I really love about home décor sewing
is that it is straight stitching at its finest. This project is definitely something that
if you have some basic sewing skills, you can do it. So I’ve got my strips cut out for my piping. Ideally, I would have had one more inch and
then I would have only had to cut two of these. But I’m going to have about four or five pieces. I’ve got some short ones. I promise you it’s going to be fine. Nobody’s even going to know. So we’re going to just put these together,
right sides together. And then I’m going to do a 5/8 seam. Then I’m going to iron them flat in the middle
so that they’re super crisp, super tight, and it lays as flat as possible. Okay, so I’ve ironed that flat in the center
and you can see … Honestly, that doesn’t look bad at all, does it? Okay. So that’s our seam. Now before we do work with cording, I’m going
to switch out my foot from a traditional presser foot to a zipper foot. And this will just help with the piping. You just kind of lift up with the lever and
it’s different on every machine. But basically the same. Okay, so we’re going to take our piping here
and we are going to put it in the center of the fabric. Then I just put it in the machine and do a
straight stitch baste. That’s about all you will be able to see poking
out of the pillow. So as you can see, it doesn’t matter. Cutting it on a bias, cutting it in scraps
… It’s all going to look good when it’s all said and done. ‘Cause hardly any of it is showing. I’m going to bast this onto one side of the
pillow, and I’m not even going to pin. This is just better. You’re just going to have to take my word
for that. And we’re going to start about two inches
in, and you’ll see why in a second. And we’re just going to bast this on. Okay, now when we get to the corner I’m going
to make a snip. Maybe a couple just so that it goes around
the corner easier. When you think it’s going to line up, shove
the needle down, leave the needle in, turn it. And just keep going. We are almost at the end and I wanted to show
you why we left that two inches to begin with and what we are going to do to finish this
off. So what we’re going to do is … We didn’t
start sewing and we left like two inches at the beginning. Okay? So what we’re going to do is with this excess
cord, we are going to overlap it. You can see that the stitching starts here. I’m going to bring it maybe another half inch. This you can eyeball, but then we’re going
to cut off our cording. And then we are going to open it up, and you
can use the seam ripper if you want. I just have these scissors handy, so I’m just
going to do that. So we’ve opened this up a couple of inches,
okay? And what we’re going to do is we can see that
we have piping in our piece here ’till right about there. So without cutting the fabric, we are just
going to cut out this cording leaving the fabric intact. And we’re going to discard that. What we’re going to do is we’re going to fold
this back in half. We’re going to wrap this around the other
piping that we left unfinished, and then we’re going to sew it down. And what you can see is then we’ll have a
really nice seam on the bottom that I’m sure all of our skeptics who are cursing my name
will really appreciate. So I wanna show you … That is our finished
seam. So that looks a lot better than just kind
of crisscrossing the edges which I’ve seen a lot of people do kind of in the corner. They just kind of crisscross them. It’s less bulky. And it just has a more finished professional
look when it’s all said and done, and that is sure to make our by-the-book seamstresses
happy. So up to this point, I haven’t used any pins. It’s now time to attach our other side of
the fabric. So what I’m going to do is you start by pinning
all the corners together, right sides together of course. I’m using my breast cancer awareness pins
because it’s a cause close to my heart. So now we’re going to find the bottom. We’re going to mark our start and stop points. So I usually do that about yay apart and pin
the start and stop location ’cause this is where we’ll insert our pillow. So I’ve got this all pinned up ready to go,
and we are going to start sewing around the edges. Now this is where the zipper foot comes real
handy because it has a little lip and it allows the piping to feed right underneath it really
well. I’m going to set this down a little bit since
it’s more of a finished stitch. I put it on a three because it’s still kind
of thick. Okay, so what I’m doing with my finger is
holding it in place making sure that our stitching is going to be as close as possible to the
piping. Okay, so we have finished sewing it on. Of course, we left our gap to get the pillow
in. At this point, you could zig zag the edges. That would be a really nice thing to do to
finish it off. What we do on the corners now is we clip them
off on a diagonal, so when we turn it right side in on itself, there won’t be a lot of
excess. And we just flip it right sides out and see
how we did. This is always interesting. Oh, my word. Yeah. This is going to be just fine. That my friends is exactly why I don’t waste
the time, energy, or the fabric cutting my piping on a bias. ‘Cause when it’s all said and done, it looks
just fine. Let’s stuff the pillow. Even it out a little bit. Make sure it fits good. We need to do something on the bottom. The right way to do this is to pin it off
and do a channel stitch by hand, but I am going to break that rule. I’m going to just sew it shut with my machine,
and what I try to do is just sew it as close as I can to the edge while still catching
the fabric. It’s on the bottom so you never see it. So I’m fine with that. All right, there you have it. Our down pillow with piping. It looks professional and I’m super happy
with it. Honestly, you and I are the only ones who
need to know all the ways we cheated. If you cringed through every second of this
video, feel free to leave your angst in the comment section below. But I’d really like to hear any comments on
what was your favorite hack on this pillow project. For all things to do with the home … sewing,
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20 comments found

  1. I just made pillows the other day using rope cording and it's a nightmare to work with when joining the two ends together. This video is so helpful. I am definitely going to try your method. Thank you Natalie! You are very talented. I love your top ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The cost saving tips were great! Iโ€™m always looking for cheap ways to make things look professional. Great tutorial!

  3. Natalee I love this video and I love your design creativity. Just subscribed to your channel and can't wait for more content.

  4. Thanks great tips! I have started to so basic things and this helps me get a little fancier ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Oh I'm so glad I found this tutorial. I have fabric for a pillow and was hesitant to use piping. I know I can do it and will use your hints. I will also check good will for nice feather pillows. Love your smooth voice and your countenance! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I have been sewing for years and I think this is great!!! Thank you so much. I really enjoy all your tutorials.

  7. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป great pillow sewing video ! Video very helpful!

  8. I agree down pillows look best, but I am super allergic to feathers. I've been using polyester fiber fill but they just don't look as good. Any suggestions?

  9. I think that Pillow Project is Amazing. Sewing is (Very Intimidating) to me, and you made it seem accessible.
    I know it is not that easy but your video, makes me want to purchase a small sewing machine and take sewing lessons. Thank you for sharing your secrets.

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