Episode 805

Katrina Walker

Working With Wool by Katrina Walker, courtesy of Pfaff

Stitch a set of ruggedly sophisticated wool pillows using traditional wool stitching techniques to create modern "sheep chic" décor.

Supplies

Supplies listed are enough to make two 18" pillows with a 3 1/2"-wide flange.

1 yard each of solid (A) & print (B) medium- to heavyweight wool (such as melton, blanket or similar dense, fulled, fray-resistant wool)

Two 18" square pillow forms

Contrasting topstitching thread

Removable fabric pencil or chalk

Decorative rotary cutting blade or pinking shears

Rotary cutting system

Universal size 90/14 needle

Edgestitching foot (optional)

Washable glue stick or double-sided fusible web tape (optional)

Cut It

From fabric A, cut eight 7" squares for the pillow fronts and four 12"x18" rectangles for the pillow backs.

From fabric B, cut five 6" squares for the lapped pillow, five 7" squares for the welt pillow and eight 4"x24" strips for the flanges.

Seams to Me

Wool seams can create unsightly bulk that's difficult for a sewing machine needle to pass through. Use one of the following techniques when stitching wool to reduce bulk and create beautiful finished seams.

Lapped Seams

For 1/2" seam allowances, trim the seam allowances to 1/4".

On the fabric piece that will feature the raw edge on the right side, draw a line 1/2" from the edge on the wrong side. Align the opposite fabric piece edge over the line (A).

A

Edgestitch each raw edge using a straight stitch. Use a zigzag stitch for a decorative effect or when sewing fray-prone fabric.

Welt Seams

With right sides together, stitch the seam using the designated seam allowance. Press the seam allowances in one direction.

Trim the lower seam allowance to 1/8" (B). Topstitch 1/4" from the seam to secure the seam allowances.

B

Sew It

Arrange the fabric-A and -B squares into two sets of three for the lapped and welt pillows, alternating the fabrics (1; how-to illustrations to come). Set aside the welt pillow set.

Finish each print-fabric inner edge by trimming with a decorative rotary blade or pinking shears.

Center each print-fabric edge 1/2" over one solid-fabric square. Edgestitch each edge raw edge using a straight stitch. Repeat to stitch each row (2).

Tip: Baste the strips together using a washable glue stick or double-sided fusible web tape instead of pins.

Lap each remaining print-fabric inner-seam edge 1/2" over the corresponding solid-fabric edge. Edgestitch per the previous instructions.

With right sides together, stitch the welt-pillow squares in each row using a 1/2" seam allowance.

Press the seam allowances toward the solid fabric and finish using the welt seam method according to the instructions in "Seams to Me" at TK.

With right sides together, stitch each row long edge. Clip into the seam allowance up to the stitching at each square seam. Press the seam allowances toward the solid fabric; finish according to the welt seam instructions.

Trim each pillow top to 18" square. Finish each pillow-top perimeter by trimming with a decorative rotary cutting blade, pinking shears, a zigzag stitch or blanket stitch.

Finish each pillow-back perimeter by trimming with a decorative rotary cutting blade, pinking shears, a zigzag stitch, blanket stitch, or a combination.

Cut each flange-strip short end to opposing 45° angles.

Lap two flange corners by 1/2"; edgestitch each diagonal edge. Repeat to create a frame (3). Repeat to stitch the remaining flanges. Finish the outer flange edges using a decorative rotary cutting blade, pinking shears, a zigzag stitch or blanket stitch.

With the wrong sides facing up, layer two back panels together, overlapping the long edges by 6" to create an 18" square. Center one flange frame right side up over the pillow back panels (4). Center one pillow top right side up over the flange frame.

Ensure the pillow top and back perimeters are aligned and are evenly sandwiching the flange; pin the perimeter. Edgestitch the pillow top through all layers. Topstitch again 1/4" from the edgestitching to strengthen the lapped seam.

Insert one pillow form through each pillow-back opening.

 

Katrina Walker

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