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Sewing  |  September 21st 2011  |  0 Comment

return on creativity: knit starburst pillow

I woke up last Saturday and just felt like I wanted to play with some knits.  You know how that can happen, right?  I went to the fabric store and found a pretty green knit that was so so soft.  After an afternoon of play (and a little frustration) I emerged from the crafting dungeon with this pillow.Here’s how to make it:

I cut a seventeen inch square of muslin as my pillow base.  Then I went to town on my knit with a rotary cutter.  I cut many strips of fabric about eighteen inches long and about a half inch wide until I had a nice pile.  I just eye balled the width as I cut.

I sewed one strip of knit fabric into a ring with about a inch and half circumference.  Then I started threading strips of fabric through the center ring and pinning the ends of the strips to the edge of the pillow.

I tried to keep my strips evenly taught (cutting strips to shorter lengths as needed) so that they would be tight on the finished pillow.  Since knits stretch I kept them pretty tight which curled up the edges of my fabric.

Then I sewed around the edge of the pillow with a quarter inch seam allowance stitching down the edges of my strips.

Finally I sewed everything into a pillow cover with an envelope closure.