I had several pieces of fabric leftover from my Patriotic Rag Wreath. The fabric color scheme didn’t match the colors I picked for the wreath, so I thought I could use them to make Patriotic Throw Pillows. I don’t have a pattern for the throw pillows. I simple shored up my material and made each pair of contrasting fabric the same size, stitched about a 5/8-inch seam on 3 sides of the material and about 2/3 of the last side, then stuffed the pillows with handfuls of polyester fiberfill. Simone helped me sew by pressing her two little feet on the sewing machine foot pedal until she got tired. Then she helped stuff pillows until that bored her (actually, Jack and the Neverland Pirates came on).
The pattern on the front and back of each pillow is a contrast but maintains the color scheme. You can replace one piece of fabric with a solid color (red, white, or blue) that compliments the colors in the pattern. I also washed the fabric in cold water with detergent and rinsed with fabric softener. I machined dried the fabric, then I ironed each piece. Overall, the project took about one hour to complete four pillows (not including washing, drying, and ironing).
16 ounce bag of polyester fiberfill
8 contrasting fabric pieces about 18 x 21-inch each
navy blue, white, or red thread
scissors or rotary cutter
Follow the steps below to make these easy Patriotic Throw Pillows.
STEP 1: Select two pieces of fabric for each pillow. Pick contrasting patterns with like colors or pick a solid color in either red, white, or blue for the back of the pillow .
STEP 2: Trim the fabric with the scissors or rotary cutter so that each piece of fabric per pair is the same size. The pillows could be different sizes. I found that the material I used was close to the same size, so I trimmed up the fabric with scissors.
STEP 3: Place the fabric with rights sides facing each other. Pin the fabric, if needed.
STEP 4: Stitch 3 sides of the fabric leaving about a 5/8-inch seam on each side.
STEP 5: Stitch about 2/3 of the last side (leave an opening large enough to fit your hand through it).
STEP 6: Turn each pillow inside out and fill with handfuls of the polyester fiberfill.
STEP 7: Stitch the opening closed either by hand or by sewing machine.
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