Sunday, May 6, 2012

DIY Patchwork Lumbar Pillows

Basic envelope style lumbar pillows and outdoor seat cushions:


Made to fit a 'top secret' chair project that I can't reveal quite yet but I can show you how I made the pillows and cushions.


I made two envelope style pillow covers of each: patchwork, bright green floral with polka dots, and big pink dots with polka dots:


The green and pink pillow covers have a self flange to give a finished look without adding extra trim:


All 6 pillow covers are the same size and fit on two lumbar pillow inserts I made with simple lining fabric and poly filling.


Here's how I made the pillows:

Patchwork:

1. Cut 2.5" squares and layout:


2. Sew squares into strips:


3. Sew strips together and make quilt sandwich: white backing, batting and patchwork top:


4. Pin sandwich then quilt 1/4" off of seams in both directions:


5. Trim edges:


6. To make envelop style cut 2 back pieces to overlap at least 5":


7. Finish overlapping edges by folding under raw edge and again then straight stitch.
Place right sides together:


8. Sew all around edge and trim corners:


9. Turn right side out and insert pillow form:


Pink and green pillow covers:

1. Cut front piece then cut 2 back pieces to overlap.
Finish overlapping edges of back pieces then place right sides together:


2. Sew all around edge and trim corners:


3. Turn right side out and press seams flat:


4. Top stitch all around edge inset by 1/2" to create flange:


5. Insert pillow form:


Outdoor striped cushion covers:

1. Cut 1.5" foam cushion to fit seat area.
Cut outdoor fabric wide enough to fit foam piece, folding in half to fit depth of cushion:
** Be conscious of stripe, in my case I placed the blue stripe in the middle.

Wrap cushion with fabric wrong side out then pin snugly on both sides:
** Try not to pin the foam with the fabric.


Begin pinning at the front curve all the way down the side leaving the back edge open:


2. Remove foam insert and sew on the line made by the pins, trim excess fabric:


3. Turn right side out and insert foam cushion:


4. Fold in seam allowance at back edge and pin shut:


5. Whip stitch back seam closed with carpet or quilting thread:


Ready to use:


Then add the lumbar pillows and the chair is complete:


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