These bright, color-blocked pillows are an easy way to refresh your home décor with trendy velvet fabric.
DIY Velvet, Geometric Color- Blocked Pillows
By Paper & Stitch
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Paper or poster board (to make pattern)
Pencils and string (to make half circle pattern)
1/2 yard fabric (we used three different colors)
Spools of thread in colors that match your fabric
12-20 ounces of poly filling (pillow stuffing)
Wooden dowel (to poke filling into pillow corners)
Quick notes: We used 1/2 yard for one pillow. So when color blocking your pillows with multiple colors, you'll need 1/4 yard of each color for each pillow.
1. Create a template using a large piece of paper or poster board. If you want to create a half circle shape, like the one in this project, start by determining the base length (bottom of pillow) and then using two pencils and string (as shown in the photo) to create a half circle shape that will be even on both sides.
2. Cut out the template and then trace and cut a second template that matched the first, for the back of the pillow. You will want to add an extra inch to the bottom of the back pillow template, just to be on the safe side. Now, cut the first template into three ‘slices’, as shown.
3. Trace the templates onto the wrong side of your velvet fabric and cut out each shape individually. That should give you four pieces of fabric – one for the back of the pillow and three pieces for the front, in coordinating colors.
4. Take your three pieces for the front of the pillow and arrange them as they will look when sewn together, with right sides facing up.
5. Then, starting with the piece of fabric on the right, flip it over on top of the middle piece and pin them together on the right edge. Next, with the left piece of fabric, flip it over on top of the middle piece as well and pin those two pieces together on the left edge.
6. Sew a straight line down both edges that are pinned, being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each edge. Remove pins and you’ll have the front of your pillow.
7. Now, you are ready to add the back. Pin the two pieces together, right sides facing in (wrong side facing up).Sew all the way around, minus a gap as big as your wrist so you can turn it inside out and add filling later. Again, backstitch at the beginning and end.
8. Turn the pillow inside out and iron (on low heat setting) with a towel protecting the velvet surface from direct heat. Add filling to stuff the pillow to your liking, using a wooden dowel to poke the corners with filling as necessary. Hand stitch the opening closed and you’re done.
Changing up your pillows is a quick and easy way to refresh the look of any room in your home.
Thanks to Paper & Stitch for this idea.