I was at the fabric store the other day, saw this fabric in the red tag section and fell in love with it. It was regularly $20 a yard, and I snatched it for $6 a yard! Yahoo! I decided I'd recover an old pillow. So I took out the stuffing from an old pillow, and cut out that piping so I could reuse it all. To make an 18" pillow you will need:
2: 19"x19" pieces of fabric
At least 73" of piping
At least 73" of your piping fabric
A form pillow, or a bunch of stuffing
First, prepare your piping:
Sew as close to the piping as possible without sewing on top of it. You want the piping to be nice and tight.
Take one piece of material with the 'pretty' side facing up. Take your piping and pin it so the piping and facing toward the center of your pillow and the rough edge is facing out. I snipped the corners of the piping to help them bend around the corners of the pillow.
After your piping is sewn to one piece of the pillow, pin your other piece of fabric, 'pretty' sides facing each other, and the piping is in between them.
When sewing the two pieces together, try to sew on the same seam you made when sewing the piping to the fabric. If you follow this same seam then you should be able to avoid sewing on top of your piping. Once again try to sew as close to your piping as possible, so that it pops out between the two sides of the pillow nicely.
Also, make sure to leave a 6" space on one side of your pillow to turn it inside-out. Do not sew your pillow shut!
Turn your pillow inside-out. Stuff your pillow. You don't have to stuff it 100% full if you're looking for more of a relaxed and casual look, or you can stuff it pretty tight for a bolder statement. Pin the hole in your pillow shut. Depending on your sewing machine, you can either hand-sew the hole shut, or use your machine. It make take a little more effort with the machine, but it will be a tighter stitch - just make sure to use a thread color that will blend in easily, and get as close to the piping as possible.
And there you have it! An inexpensive way to make a little pop to your couch, and add a little more color into your house.