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Here’s where we left off in Part 2...
1. Cut the backing fabric into two pieces, 13” x width of your
In this instance, I cut two pieces of fabric, 13” x 17 1/2”.
2. Roll the long edge of each piece over 1/4” and press.
Roll the edge over 1/4” a second time and press.
Top stitch. These will be the finished edges of your pillow
3. We are making an envelope style pillow backing. Overlap the two finished edges on
your table surface, WRONG SIDES up.
Move the two pieces of fabric back and forth until the width of the two pieces equals
the width of your pillow top. (i.e. 17 1/2”)
PIN the two pieces together at the top and bottom.
4. Place your pillow top, RIGHT SIDE up on the wrong side of your backing fabric.
Match the edges and pin around the pillow. Do NOT leave an opening for
SEW using a 1/2” seam allowance. Reinforce where your backing pieces
I usually sew around the edges of the pillow twice, directly over the first seam
to reinforce it.
There are many different brands of spring loaded scissors. Some I like better than
others. Two of my favorites are “Galaxy Notions” and “Fiskars Craft Snip”.
I begin by snipping around the edges of my pillow. The 1/2” seam allowance
allows for plenty of room to clip. Be careful not to clip the seam!! Sewing twice helps
in case this happens. The space between each snip varies but averages 1/4-
The edges of the pillow will be more difficult to cut through than the edges of your
circles because there is a lot more fabric to get through.
6. Once you have cut around the entire pillow top, clip all of the circle
7. Rough up the edges of your pillow top and the snipped circles using a stiff
This is entirely optional. I believe most people just throw their rag quilts directly into
the wash after snipping.
This is just one of my little tricks. I like my quilts and pillows to be as full as possible
so I give them a good “brushing” prior to washing.
When you’re done, shake off the excess fabric.
Warning: This is a messy process. Sometimes I do it outside on the patio table. It
also kicks up a lot of fibers so if you are sensitive, you may want to wear a dust
mask to minimize an allergy attack.
8. Give your pillow a few good shakes, I do this outside.
Wash and dry it and you’re done! I usually iron my pillow back after it
comes out of the dryer, it gets a little wrinkled.
You’ve got to wash and dry it to get the full frayed effect. Make sure you clean your
dryer lint trap once it’s done. It will probably be pretty full.
That’s it!! Put it on your pillow form and you’re done!!
Thank you, I hope this was an enjoyable project. If you have any feedback or comments, please let me know at: email@example.com.