I got the proportions right using some grid paper taking care to make sure the diameter of the pillow would work with my pillow stand.
|pillow stand ends|
with calico glued to one side
I then cut out the cardboard using the template for the ends of the pillow and pillow stand.
|seam allowance on fabric|
|wrapping the calico around the |
cardboard core used for the template
I measured the fabric for the roller cushion by wrapping the fabric around the cardboard core, marked it with a pin and cut it to size.
|fancy stitch that stops fraying|
For drawstring casings I turned the ends over and stitched. I used a fancy honeycomb stitch my machine has which is supposed to be used for stretch fabrics or something, but has the nifty benefit of stopping fraying and looks really pretty with a row of straight stitching either side.
|cardboard circle inserted|
Tie up one end and insert a cardboard circle with the fabric side facing out.
|filling the tube with sand|
Time to add the sand. When it's nearly full gently bounce it up and down on a hard surface to get the sand to settle, then keep adding more and tamping until it's just full enough to put your other circle in and close the drawstring.
|completed roller cushion|
One roller pillow, cushion, thingy! I planned to make a pretty cover for it.
|the cardboard ends for a cardboard stand|
Then I had plans to sew fabric around the stand ends and fill that with sand too to make a shaped stand, but you know what they say about 'the best laid plans of mice and men', so I've still got my 2 bits of cardboard with fabric glued to them.
What I did instead was take a box, it had one of those hinged lids, so I cut the lid off.
|foam bits and sand filled square for added weight|
I then filled the box with a heap of ethafoam foam bits and added a sand filled calico square in the bottom. The sand square did two things, it filled a hole made from a funny shaped bit of foam and added weight.
|positioning the foam and weight|
|squeezing in the last bits of foam|
|another layer of foam and a |
double layer of cotton flannelette quilted together
Over the top of all of that I added a small sheet of foam (the type you find in mattresses and cushions and stuff) over the top to smooth out the surface. I held it in position with a pin in each corner.
I had some flannelette left over from an earlier project that was a double layer of fabric which I'd quilted together using a zig-zag stitch. I made a 'fitted sheet' cover for the box with the flannelette.
|fitted flannel cover|
The final layer was a pretty cover made from a dress that never fit me properly.
|first lace pillow attempt|
|black vulgar-luer (veluer) on the back, foam on the front|
I wanted to add the section that the bobbins rest on. So I glued some scrap upholstery fabric to the inside of the box lid and some foam to the outside.
|covering the foam|
Scrap, damask over the foam, also glued on.
|ramp thiny leaning against the box edge.|
Finished with a final layer of the dress fabric, cut the edges nice and square and I had plans to trim the edges with bias binding, which hasn't happened yet. One edge is supposed to sit on the box attached with pins, the pins allow you to remove the ramp thingy when you don't want to use it. Which you can kinda see here in the picture.