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Topic: Bolsters, with tutorial (was: "bolstering confidence (ba dum bum psh)")  (Read 5738 times)
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« on: November 12, 2006 05:19:03 PM »

I figured, in addition to posting the finished product, I'd post the instructions for how to do it!

The dimensions of the pillows I made were:
19" circumference
14" length
6" diameter (3" radius)

20 1/4" x 15 1/4" - body - cut one
20 1/4" x 4 7/8" -  ends - cut two
15 1/4" x 1 3/4" -  ties - cut two
20 1/4" x 1 3/4" - piping - cut two ON BIAS

- piping cord, 1 1/2 yds (I didn't have any on hand, so I crocheted a cord out of fluffy yarn that worked just as well)
- bolster, 19" x 5" (with ends slightly puffed out; when you flatten it it should actually measure 6")

Cut out pieces.

Construct piping:
Fold piping piece in half lengthwise (wrong sides facing) around piping cord lain the length of the piece.
Baste the length, close to the cord.

Pin piping to body along long sides, making sure that piping cord is close inside 5/8" seam; baste.

Finish ends:
Clip each end piece to seam line on each short side at 1 1/4" from outside edge.
On wrong side, fold 5/8" in along short side from outside edge to the 1 1/4" clip and iron flat.

Along outside length of each end piece, fold 1/4" in and iron flat.
Along the same line, fold 1/2" in again and iron flat.

Stitch down this fold, 1/2" from edge, to form a casing for the ties.

End ties:
Fold in half lengthwise (right sides facing) and stitch a 5/8" seam. pink to 1/4".
Turn right side out.
Finish ends by tying a knot right at the very end.

Final construction:
Sew inside edges of end pieces to body, sewing piping carefully into seam.
Pink seams and iron carefully, avoiding creasing the piping.
Sew entire body-end piece together, right sides facing, up to the clip at each end.
Pink seams to 1/4" and iron them open.
Turn. Press. Insert bolster and tie ends shut.

« Last Edit: November 13, 2006 06:12:48 AM by kewpiedoll99 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006 05:40:11 PM »

Those are beautiful!  I love the fabric and the color. Great job!

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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006 07:00:23 PM »

Wow those are beautiful. Would try attempting it(i love making decor pillows) but me and circles never end up good lol. I sure i would screw up big time.

« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006 08:12:03 PM »

but there were no circles! that's the beauty of it! it was all straight lines and then one (well, two, one on each end) tight gather. you could definitely do it.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006 08:35:20 PM »

You don't say...  Shocked
It did have me confused for abit(where you attach the end pieces) but then the light in my head turned back on and i figured it out. Cool i will defintiely see if i can conquer this!

« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011 02:40:23 PM »

I happen to have a bolster pillow sitting around that's lost it's case along the way. What a great tutorial to replace it! Thanks =)

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