As you know from my last post, I have started doing a little "for hire" work. These are some pillows I've just completed.
I thought these would be my problem child, but they were surprisingly
easy. This type of tassel fringe can go inside or outside the pillow.
Customer wanted it outside, and I'm glad she did. This trim is just too pretty to hide. Because I wanted it
really even, I chose to hand stitch it down after construction. I
think I will attempt this again stitching it on first, then using my
edge stitching foot to stitch the pillow closed. I'm thinking if I go slow and let that guide ride right along the edge of the trim, it should stitch very well. I didn't have the right size
insert but did see it filled when I dropped them off. They were so much
And these were the ones that gave me issues. And I thought they'd be a
breeze. This was a very, very lightweight fabric and boy did it ravel!
The piping is mohair and crossgrain cut! I typically use a 1/2"
cording for pillow piping, but it was way too big. I went with 3/8"
instead. Once I got it put together, the weight of the mohair plus the
cord was just too much. Add to that cut on the crossgrain, and it was a
real problem. It was just too bulky and heavy for that fabric. I
wouldn't have chosen that combination. I took them in anyway and begged
to let me redo them. I replaced the 3/8" cotton cord with a 5/32"
cotton twist cord. The twisted cord was much more pliable than the
cotton and more forgiving. That allowed me to get the piping much
smaller. It was still a challenge going around the corners especially
without the right presser feet for the job. And I still have some
puckering in the stripe fabric because I had to ease it in to get the
stripes to line up properly, and without the stretch of the piping,
there was no way it was going to be completely smooth. The weight of
this mohair just overpowers the thinner, lightweight stripe. On a good
note, my stripes line up perfectly on all 4 pillows, and that was most
important to client. The zipper was a witch to get in. It got caught
in the hairs of the mohair and in the weave of the stripe fabric. I
ripped the first one out 6 stinkin' times. I tried to get them to do a lap zipper instead but they preferred to have the invisible zip not so invisible.
I found it easiest to baste the piping, then baste it to the pillow
front, then stitch the zipper, then stitch to the pillow back. That way if you have to take it
apart, the basting stitches are much easier to remove, especially on
thicker SA's. I hope my mistakes will help someone else not say any
ugly words. Because I said quite a few!
This was my first attempt:
Don't mind that chair in the background. I have a slipcover to make for it. That's next on my list.