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Sew Lumbar Pillow Covers from Vintage Fabric Scraps

April 22, 2024

Sew Lumbar Pillow Covers from Vintage Fabric Scraps

A Scrap-Tastic Project for the Upcycling Enthusiast

I’ll admit it – I’m a self-proclaimed fabric hoarder. My closets and drawers are overflowing with bolts, scraps, and offcuts from all my past sewing projects. But you know what they say – one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Today, I’m here to show you how to breathe new life into those vintage fabric scraps by turning them into chic and cozy lumbar pillow covers.

Now, you may be wondering, “What on earth is a lumbar pillow, and why would I want to make one?” Well, my friends, let me tell you – these little oblong wonders are the secret to ultimate comfort and support. Lumbar pillows are designed to cradle the lower back, providing relief for those of us who spend far too much time sitting in front of a computer (guilty as charged!). And the best part? They’re super easy to make, even for beginner sewers.

So, grab your vintage fabric stash, your trusty sewing machine, and let’s get to work! In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through every step of the process, from sourcing and prepping your materials to constructing the perfect pillow cover. By the end, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece that not only adds a touch of personality to your space but also supports your spine in style.

Gathering Your Supplies

Before we dive into the sewing, let’s make sure we have all the necessary supplies on hand. The great thing about this project is that you likely already have most of the items you’ll need lurking in your craft room or junk drawer.

  • Vintage fabric scraps – The amount you’ll need will depend on the size of your desired pillow, but aim for at least 1/2 yard of fabric. Mix and match different patterns, textures, and colors for a truly unique look.
  • Polyester fiberfill or recycled stuffing – You’ll need enough to fill your pillow form.
  • Sewing machine and thread – Choose a thread color that complements your fabric.
  • Scissors, pins, and measuring tape – Essential tools for any sewing project.
  • Pillow form or insert – Look for a 12-inch by 20-inch lumbar pillow insert.

Once you’ve gathered all your materials, it’s time to get cutting and stitching!

Prepping Your Fabric Scraps

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “But Pecan, how am I supposed to create a cohesive pillow cover from a bunch of random fabric scraps?” Fear not, my crafty friends, I have the perfect solution.

The key to pulling off this upcycled look is to embrace the eclectic mix of fabrics. Rather than trying to match everything perfectly, let’s celebrate the unique character and history of each scrap. To do this, we’ll start by cutting our fabric into strips of varying widths, ranging from 2 to 6 inches.

“The beauty of this project lies in the unexpected combination of patterns and textures,” I explain, running my fingers along the soft, worn edges of a vintage floral print. “Each strip is like a little piece of a story, waiting to be woven together into something truly special.”

Next, arrange the strips on your work surface in a visually pleasing way, playing with the placement and overlapping of the different fabrics. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use your pins to secure the strips in place, ready for sewing.

Constructing the Pillow Cover

Alright, time to fire up that sewing machine! I like to start by stitching the strips together in pairs, working my way outward until I have one large panel of fabric. Remember to use a 1/2-inch seam allowance and press the seams open as you go to keep everything nice and flat.

“The rhythm of the sewing machine is like a gentle heartbeat, guiding me through the process,” I say, my fingers deftly maneuvering the fabric. “It’s almost meditative, watching these scraps transform into something beautiful and functional.”

Once your panel is complete, it’s time to construct the pillow cover. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, with the right sides facing each other. Sew along the long edge, leaving a 6-inch opening in the middle for turning and stuffing the pillow.

“I love the anticipation of this next step,” I say, my eyes sparkling with excitement. “It’s like unwrapping a present – you never know quite what you’re going to end up with!”

Carefully trim the corners, turn the cover right-side out, and press the seams flat. Now, the moment of truth – time to stuff that baby!

Stuffing and Finishing Touches

Gently insert the pillow form into the cover, making sure to evenly distribute the fiberfill. You can even add a bit more stuffing if you want a nice, plump pillow. Once the form is in place, hand-stitch the opening closed using a blind stitch for a seamless finish.

“There’s something so satisfying about watching the pillow take shape,” I say, admiring the way the vintage fabrics come together. “It’s like I’m giving these forgotten scraps a new lease on life, transforming them into something truly special.”

Finally, give your pillow a good fluff and place it proudly on your couch, bed, or favorite reading nook. Get ready to bask in the compliments from your family and friends!

Endless Possibilities

The best part about this project is that the possibilities are truly endless. You can mix and match different fabric combinations, play with asymmetrical designs, or even add embellishments like ribbons, tassels, or buttons. Maybe you have a collection of vintage handkerchiefs or a stash of upcycled t-shirt scraps – those would make for equally stunning and unique pillow covers.

“The beauty of this project is that it’s not just about the end product,” I explain, my hands gesturing excitedly. “It’s about the journey, the creative process, and the satisfaction of breathing new life into something that might have otherwise been forgotten.”

And let’s not forget the practical benefits of these handmade lumbar pillows. Not only do they add a cozy, inviting touch to any space, but they also provide essential lower back support for those of us who spend way too much time sitting. It’s a win-win, if you ask me!

Elevate Your Interior Design with Pecan’s Home Decor

Now that you’ve mastered the art of the upcycled lumbar pillow, why not take your home decor to the next level? At Pecan’s Home Decor, we offer a wide range of high-quality, custom-made furnishings and accessories to help you create the perfect cozy, inviting atmosphere. From plush area rugs and stunning wall art to handcrafted furniture and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures, our team of talented designers is here to help you transform your living spaces into the oasis you’ve always dreamed of.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started on your next home makeover project today!

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