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In my ongoing effort to finish my birthday present, I made these simple lumbar pillows for my living room sofa (better late than never). And it only took about half an hour! The pillows have a clean, simple look that goes well with my living room decor (although doesn’t do much for my ugly sofa except detract attention away from it) and they were so easy to make, so I’m including a tutorial so you can try it out!  = )

Step 1: To make a 10 in x 18 in pillow, cut 2 pieces of fabric 11 in x 19 in each. (NOTE: My tutorial photos show the pillow 50% smaller than the originals shown above.)

Step 2: With right sides together, stitch a 1/2 in seam allowance on each short side.

Step 3: Turn right side out and plan how much of each color you’d like showing when the pillow is finished. (I recommend using 3rd or 5th ratios as they are more visually balanced and attractive.) When you’ve determined how you’d like it to look, measure from one folded side to the seam.

Step 4: Turn the pillow right side in again (ie wrong side out) and transfer the measurement, using a small ruler or seam gauge, from the stitching to the folded edge. Put a pin in the fold as shown.

Do the same at the bottom.

Step 5: Then pin the long edges, smoothing the layers flat, and leaving a space to turn inside out.

Step 6: Then stitch along the long edges with 1/2 in seam allowance.

Step 7: Turn right side out and use a point turner or the blunt end of a crochet hook or similar to turn the corners.

Step 8: Stuff your pillows through the opening you left. Then sew the opening closed by hand or by machine….  And you’re done!


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I found this jacket in my studio closet.



I made it in the late 90s, created the pattern and the stencil designs, invested hours of time and effort into it. Published in the Belle Armoire Magazine, I’m very proud of this jacket and have found it hard to part with inspite of its being terribly outdated. BUT it’s been using up valuable storage space so something’s gotta give. What to do? Give it a new purpose…


How to Make a Jacket into a Pillow

Lay the jacket flat, then fold the edges in to approximate the size and shape of pillow you want…

Mark roughly, with a removable pencil or pen, the dimensions of the pillow on front and back, if needed. Then take out the lining either by unpicking or cutting…

Unpick the hem, then take out the side seams either by unpicking or cutting…

(You might also need to take the sleeves off depending on your jacket or pillow)

Now mark off the dimensions of your pillow with a ruler and removable pen or pencil. (Mine is 18″ x 18″)

Then add a 1/2″ seam allowance using your ruler and removable pencil/pen…

(Do these steps for both back and front of jacket)

Lay the jacket front flat and pin through all the layers of facing/lapel to stabilize…

(The front button closure will serve as your opening, where you will insert the pillow form)

Cut around the outer line you drew, both front and back, keeping pins in place. Then BASTE where you’ve pinned to stabilize all the layers.

Undo the buttons. Now place front and back pieces RIGHT sides together and pin…

Then STITCH 1/2″ from raw edges all the way around. Use the front button area to turn the pillow right side out…

Use a point turner to push the corners out, press if needed, then insert your pillow form…

Button the buttons and you’re done!

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