Yep…sew like a pro. (Even if you’re not one.)
After sewing and stuffing your pillow (either with polyfil or a pillow form), you’re left with a hole that is difficult to machine-stitch. Hand-stitching can be visible if you’re not careful.
Here’s how to stitch the closure so the threads are hidden.
Turn under your pillow face edge across the opening and pin it to the corded seam allowance. Try to keep the folded amount consistent with the depth of your seam allowance.
I am right-handed, so I begin sewing from the right side of the opening. If you’re left-handed, you’ll want to sew from the left end.
Thread a double-strand thread (for extra strength) onto your needle and knot it. Bring your threaded needle under the flap of the turned portion. You probably need to remove one pin to access the flap. Bring your thread up through the edge line of the fold close to the end of your machine stitches in the pillow.
For your first stitch, insert your needle into the covered cording portion just above the stitch line and to the right of your thread out location. This backing up with your needle is the key to having no threads showing in your stitch line. This is commonly called a ladder stitch.
Try to catch only the top layer of fabric that covers the cording. We don’t want stitches showing along the reverse side of the cording.
Move the needle along under the fabric about a quarter of an inch, then bring the needle up through the fabric. Pull your thread taught but not so tight that it bunches the fabric.
Tell yourself one step back, two steps forward as you sew. I’ll bet you’ve never applied that saying to sewing before. But, it truly is the same concept. We back up slightly but take a larger stitch forward to make up for it.
The following stitch will be made into the fold line of the pillow face portion, exactly as you sewed the first stitch (a little to the right of the thread out location.
This is how my stitch line looked after I pulled the threads a little loose to show where the stitches go in and out.
It looks like this: ———-
But, it is sewn more like this -_-_-_-_-_-_-_-
After pulling the thread taught, this is what the stitch line looks like.
When all stitches are complete, pull the threads taught and flatten the fabric to straighten any puckers you may have with threads pulled too tight. You want a snug fit but no puckered areas.
End your thread by sewing a tiny stitch as close to the seam as possible and repeating the stitch over the same spot three or four times. I ended mine in the black fabric section since my thread is black.
See? That wasn’t difficult. The more times you hand-sew the closure of your pillows, the faster it becomes and the better the outcome. As the saying goes…practice makes perfect.