This is part five of a series designed to walk you through the process of hand sewing a pillow. You can visit this link to find a list of all the steps in order.
After yesterday, you should have a flat piece of fabric that is sewed almost all the way around. Further, you should have a 2-3” space where you it isn’t sewn.
This space is so you can turn your pillow right side out. See, thus far, you have been sewing right sides together which means your pillow is effectively inside out as you’re sewing it. With very few exceptions, you’re going to make every item by sewing it inside out. Therefore, we are going to prepare the pillow to turn it.
Start by making a diagonal cut across each of the corners, outside your stitching lines.
This allows the corners to turn nicely by removing the excess bulk.
Now turn the pillow right side out, making sure to push the corners out.
If your hand can’t fit through the hole you left, you can always use the handle of a wooden spoon to point the corners.
Stuff the pillow with your fiberfill. Again, make sure to push the stuffing into the corners either with your hand or your wooden spoon. Fill the pillow until it’s the softness or firmness you want. This means you could use between 4 oz to 8 oz of fiberfill, depending on what you’d like.
When you stand your pillow up, you’ll have a large hole where the stuffing shows. You’ll want to pin that up before storing your work for the night.
Following the natural fold from the seam allowance, now on the inside, pin the edges of your pillow together to contain the stuffing.
Tomorrow, we’ll sew up the stuffing hole and finish your pillow!