Here's a super quickie tute on how to prepare and make pillows out of your too-skinny-to-be-useful batting scraps; you know, the ones you trim off the edges of your quilted quilts prior to binding?
I purchased a large remnant of home dec weight solid blue fabric (dark colours are best) for about $5 that has been enough to make four pillows. Other's are being resourceful and using upholstery fabric sample squares they got for free from a local sofa company.
Here's what you need:
2 squares home dec weight fabric 18" x 18"
2 squares batting 18" x 18"
1 5" length of 1" twill tape, or left over binding with raw edges turned into the fold and sewn closed.
Layer the squares in this order, bottom to top:
fabric right side up
fabric wrong side up
Between the fabric layers, at one corner, pin the tape ends to 2 adjacent edges, about 2" from the corner (photo below). This will function as a handle for the pillow.
Sew around all four sides with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 4" opening in the middle of one side and be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end. Clip corners (save those batting corners, you can throw them into the pillow!).
Turn the works right side out, gently poking out the corners.
Leave your pillow form near your cutting table and cram full of batting scraps! At first we asked people to use all fabric scraps, but as you know, cotton can get pretty heavy. Plus, we figured if the pillows got wet (hello, we are talking Vancouver, people!) they'd be pretty gross if they were full of fabric. Therefore, we're asking our members to stick with batting only.
Once it's nice and full, slipstitch the opening closed! There you have it, one nice, soft landing.
Why not suggest this great recycling initiative at your guild or sewing group? All you need is someone to volunteer to collect the pillows at meetings and deliver them to a local church or shelter that can get them into the hands of folks who need them. And we all know how easy it is to get people to volunteer at guild, right? hehe.