Since finishing up all of the dresses for the wedding back in September, I’ve been on a little sewing hiatus. Not that I haven’t wanted to work on anything, but I think I just needed a break, both physically and mentally. In the meantime, I’ve just been working on a few different knitting projects to keep busy. I love that knitting is something that you can take on the go, and work on whenever you have a little downtime.
I finally realized my much needed sewing break was coming to an end as I was starting to look up projects, to sketch down ideas, and to get inspired by different fabrics I was coming across.
I had this McCall’s 4123 pattern in my stash for awhile because I was waiting to gather all of the materials for it. My boyfriend and I love having movie nights at home, or sometimes we have our lazy days of NBA 2K and knitting. I wanted to make us both some backrest pillows so we could be more comfortable when lounging around. I chose View H (lounge pillow), and although I didn’t follow the pattern instructions exactly, it still came out great.
**A quick tip I learned from my boss recently is to interface the pattern pieces.**
GAME CHANGER! I can’t believe I never thought of doing something so obvious! It stabilizes the delicate tissue paper so it makes it so much easier to work with and also makes it last longer before getting worn out. In the past, I’ve always traced them to kraft paper if I needed, but transferring markings is such a pain! She suggested using just the cheapest Pellon fusible interfacing that runs $0.99 per yard at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I’m not sure if you can see it clearly in the photo below, but it fuses easily to the tissue while still being able to see all of the necessary pattern markings:
The original version for View H, includes creating an inner pillow (of muslin or other inexpensive fabric) first that holds the stuffing. The main fabric is supposed to be lined with fleece, and is meant to be removable (like a pillow case) with a Velcro closure. I decided to skip all of this lol! I also ditched the top handle and side arm pockets because I figured they would either not get used, or would get stuffed with trash. I figured I’d save myself the trouble of extra unnecessary steps.
By skipping these options, it also helped keep the cost down. The supplies needed to create 1 lounge pillow this altered way are as follows:
- 2 yards fleece fabric (or other 60″ fabric)
- Fiberfill for stuffing
- 5 yds of cording (for piping)
I decided I wanted to do some fun prints because there are so many adorable fabrics out there that I rarely have use for. I figured it would be a good opportunity to add a little color and personal touch. Although the pattern suggests a home dec weight fabric, I went with some Blizzard fleece from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Fleece is always cheaper this time of year, so it was also a more affordable option. I went with a generic basketball print fleece for the boyfriend, and paw prints for me.
Since I plan on making at least two of these backrest pillows, I used the 10 lb box of Fairfield Poly-Fil brand of fiberfill. This size runs around $50 at Jo-Ann, but I waited until I had a 60% off coupon! They also have many different size packages. If you’ve never bought the Poly-fil before, just note that it will expand almost double the size once you open the box. This’ll give you a rough estimate of how much product you get.
Cording for piping can be purchased by the yard or prepackaged. I found this in the Home Dec section at Jo-Ann (where all of the curtain and upholstery supplies are located). Since each backrest needs 5 yards, this 10 yard package was perfect for making both:
Instead of using a Velcro closure, simply skip these steps in the instructions and sew all of the seams closed. Be sure to leave an opening so you can stuff it with the fiberfill. Once done, I just slip stitched the opening closed for a nice clean finish. Don’t be shy with the stuffing either! You want to make sure it has a nice firm shape to last awhile. It’s so comfortable, we’re fighting over who gets to use it first lol! Can’t wait to make my backrest pillow, and I’m thinking I might just make some for my nieces for Christmas!