Thursday, June 6, 2013

Chevron Pillow With Corded Trim

Hello Gals and Guys, I am back...this is a new record for me...a blog in a week...WINK, WINK!!

I have been busy getting my Bedding Project finished. I mentioned in my last post that I had 2 more pillows to make and they were a bit more labor intensive.
So here is the 1st.
I always draw my projects in my project books, I have one for small projects, large projects, and just for Quilt Design Only.
I keep all these books for later use and reference, they really come in handy.
I used some scrap fabric to make a couple sample sizes to see what was going to be good for the pillow form that I had.
I did a 8.5" square and a 6.5" square. I choose the smaller of the two for my project.
After you cut them down they ended up being 4.5" each. I needed 16 of this size which equals 32 total for both sides.

 I then gathered up all the fabric and supplies I needed and got to work. I tried to use as many different fabrics that I had been using...EVERYTHING MUST COORDINATE!!

Make sure you cut extra fabric, allow for Ruler Slippage, Wrong Measurements, ETC...

I had read about this technique on the internet where you placed your squares RST (right sides together) and sew as close to the edge all around the squares. Now your squares are completely sewn together and now you cut from corner to corner and then the next set of corners (this will be 45 deg angles) to get your 4.5" squares.

I don't know why my pictures are not loading right...Please bear with me...BIG SMILES.

I recommend ironing your squares before you make the first cut,this sets your stitches and helps your fabric lay flat when cutting.

Open carefully and press your seams to the darker fabric. Make sure you press here and do not drag your iron over the fabric, this will make it stretch out of square.

I then trimmed the corner tips off the squares.

Continue to sew all your squares together in the same manner and cut your smaller squares until you have your 32 squares. Now you are ready to start laying out your Chevron Pattern.

I like to take a picture of my layout, I can use it for later reference. I have also made sheets from fabric scraps of the project (very large projects, quilts) to help me keep my pieces in the right spot...LAUGHS!!

Now you sew your squares together to make rows, and then stitch the rows together. Some people prefer to sew columns instead of rows, it is whichever your prefer..rows keep my work more accurate.

As you stitch your squares together when your press your seams lay each row of seams to one direction and then the other row to the other direction

Row 1 seams to the right
Row 2 seams to the left
Row 3 seams to the right
Row 4 seams to the left this will help when you sew your rows together all your seams will match up and lay perfect. There will be less bulk at your seams all will lay flat.
When you pin your rows together just butt up your seams and pin at the seam.. if everything is right they will line up perfect.

rows with seams in opposite direction

I work on the front panel & then on the back, The front panel will be the one I attach the cording to, and I want exact measurements before I start cutting the strips for the cord. WASTE NOT / WANT NOT...SMILES!!

And it also keeps me straight on my square placement. I have these great pens that I mark fabric with, and can label if needed to keep everything in order. Works great on any project!!

Pilot Frixon (ball) you can find them in most quilt shops (they tend to be pricy) and at office supply stores (at more reasonable prices. They come in cool colors.  BIG SMILES!!
They remove with just a touch of a warm Iron. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM!!!!

After you have sewn all your squares and rows together for the front panel, square up your panel. Now you are ready to start on your cording.
You could do your back panel now, but I like to keep organized, I guess the Perfectionist in me coming out...WINK, WINK!!

I measure all sides of the panel to get how many inches of cording I need. I measure a couple of times, MEASURE TWICE/ CUT ONCE..SMIILES.   I usually add about 4" to my measurements to make sure I have enough fabric, it is easier to cut than add. **A HINT: Always iron your fabric before you measure and cut, MORE ACCURATE.**
 I always start with a straight edge on my fabric, and then I am cutting my strips at 1.5". My square is 16x16 and I add 4" = 69" My fabric is 18.5" so multiply by 4 and that is 74" SHOULD BE PLENTY!!
1 RSU / 1 RSD
Sewing Mark
 Now you will make your strip like you would for Binding Tape. Lay your strips 1 right side up and 1 right side down. Make a 45 deg angle mark across the corner, this will be where you stitch

 Now stitch along the line and you are ready to trim your seam to 1/4" allowance.

After you trim, press your seam towards one side and press your strip open and you are ready to continue with the next piece attached in the same manner.

strips ironed and ready for cord
After I sew all my strips together, I take my strip and lay around the panel to make sure I will have enough before I start adding the cord filler.

I used cord purchased by the yard, you can also purchase it already packaged. Wrights Cotton Filler Cord.

Press your strip in half with raw edges together, and then we will add the cord.

 I just lay my cord along the strip and pin it snug to keep all together while I stitch it closed. 

I stitch together with my zipper foot as close to the cord as I can get. If you slightly pull your fabric as your machine pulls it through the needle, it will not bunch and gather the fabric along the cord.

Make sure to tape your cord before you cut at the end of your run. I just use scotch tape and wrap around the cord tightly . I then cut in the middle of the tape so that there is equal amounts on each side.

Cording pinned to the panel with ends curled out
Now you can stitch to your front panel using your zipper foot for this step too.

Pin your cord with the raw edges together, this will be your cord laying farthest from your raw edge on your panel.

After I get it all sewn on I trim up the edges to make sure there is nothing hanging over. The way I start and end the Cord. I gently curl the starting end and when I get back around to where I started I gently curl the
end the same way. They will be curled towards the out side of the fabric.

Now you can start on your back panel like you did your front panel without the cording...LAUGHS..  and when you get that finished it is time to stitch both your panels together. 

I start right before one corner and stitch all around and end after the corner before the one I started. This leaves an opening for you to get you pillow form, or fiber fill into. 
Then I take my HANDY DANDY Corner thingy my darling husband made for me to get the corners crisp. He saw me using one one day that was made of know the ones you can buy at Hobby Lobby...etc...
Oh My that would not work for his wife...He made me one out of BONE...that is what they are called...LAUGHS!! Something Bone or Bone Something...well anyway I have my own special one...and I use it on everything. It will never wear out or break...the more I use it the stronger it gets...SMILES...THANK YOU ALAN!!!
My Bone Corner Tool
Now just insert your pillow form and I hand stitch my opening closed. You can use your machine for this if your prefer..I like to do a hidden stitch.  I wiggly and waggle my pillow inside the cover till I get it all fitting right And you have a CHEVRON PILLOW TO ENJOY!!

I have to say I am not a big fan of this techique. You do not get conistant Squares. It will be back to the Tried and True way for me. But it is a quick way if you need to get it done fast. 
Finished Pillow and Sneak Peek at Next Blog...Paper Pieced Pillow 

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'A Touch of Hink'

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