How To Sew A Pillow In 3 Minutes (Video)

Steven and Chris

I love a simple, quick sewing project! (Who doesn’t?!) And this pillow doesn’t have a zipper, so it’s easy to sew. I showed Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman how to sew a pillow in only 3 minutes. Although with our TV shenanigans, it took a wee bit longer… 😉

Watch here…

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Host, Steven Sabados:
Welcome back, everybody. Well, our sewing expert, Denise Wild, says anyone can learn how to sew. And today we’re going to take an old, tired throw pillow and give it an inexpensive facelift. Will you please welcome Denise?

Host, Chris Hyndman:
Get down to business, sweetheart.

Denise:
Hi. Thank you for having me.

Chris:
Welcome.

Denise:
Thank you.

Steven:
Hi, darling. Welcome, honey.

Denise:
Hi.

Chris:
I’m so glad to have you here!

Denise:
Thank you.

Chris:
The man–

Denise:
It’s good to be here.

Chris:
The man is excited.

Steven:
I am.

Denise:
Yes. I hear you’re a good sewer.

Steven:
I love it; bringing back sewing. Fantastic.

Denise:
Right.

Chris:
And I’m excited because you brought me this fancy watch.

Denise:
Yes. This is a pin cushion, which is– you can wear on your wrist that way your pins go with you wherever you go.

Chris:
I like it. You bite them off, stick them in, you’re way to go.

Steven:
Right.

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
Steven always wears these fancy, really nice watches and then I get to wear the pin watch.

Steven:
Nice!

Denise:
Yeah.

Steven:
So–

Chris:
Okay. So let’s get started.

Denise:
So what we’re going to do today is we’re going to take a tried pillow. You’ve got them at home; they’re worn, they’re outdated, and maybe they don’t fit your style anymore–

Steven:
Sure.

Denise:
And we’re going to do a simple cover for them. You don’t need to do a zipper. We call it the Three-Minute Pillow.

Steven:
Three-minute pillow.

Chris:
Three-minute pillow?

Denise:
Yeah.

Steven:
Okay.

Chris:
Fast and easy.

Steven:
And so you’ve got some great tips on some inexpensive fabrics, right, dear?

Denise:
Definitely. The fabrics that we’ve chosen here today are– we, actually, have bought synthetic fabrics.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
So usually you can spend a lot on natural fibers, but these ones they look like silk, they look like linen – that one looks like silk dupioni.

Chris:
Yes.

Denise:
But it’s polyester. So it’s very inexpensive.

Chris:
Sure.

Denise:
And you can find ends of bolts and you can get memberships too.

Chris:
And on sales and things like that.

Steven:
Oh, yeah.

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
But you know what, you were telling us before the break that these– all three of these are going to come to– like, you would pay twelve dollars to get all three new pillows for your space.

Denise:
Definitely.

Chris:
Twelve for three.

Denise:
Even including the inserts.

Chris:
This is incredible.

Denise:
So for your fabric, you might pay as little as five dollars per metre, or per yard, of fabric–

Steven:
Yeah.

Denise:
—and you’re going to get three cushion covers out of that metre of fabric.

Chris:
That’s great.

Steven:
Okay. So let’s start.

Denise:
So we’re going to start by pinning this together.

Steven:
And now, did you serge the end here already, right?

Denise:
I did. I already finished the ends of our fabric here so it won’t fray.

Steven:
Okay.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And what we’re going to do, we’ve folded the fabric into thirds and we’re going to pin it down the side.

Chris:
Mine, over here – we’re going to take this and do it in thirds?

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
Okay, so it goes like this?

Denise:
Yeah. That’s exactly right.

Chris:
Okay, so you want to have that there?

Denise:
Yeah, you want to have a little bit of gap at the bottom.

Chris:
Nice. Okay.

Steven:
Inside out.

Denise:
Yep.

Chris:
Okay, inside out.

Denise:
Yes, insides together.

Steven:
And we’re going to pin–

Chris:
And we start pinning?

Denise:
Yes, so we’re going to put our pins in perpendicular to our line of stitch. We’re just lining up our raw edge of fabric.

Chris:
I hope everybody brought snacks and some sleeping bags, because this could take some time.

Denise:
Well, I–

Chris:
We could be here for two days.

Steven:
That’s interesting.

Denise:
I’ve actually got some that are already pre-pinned so–

Chris:
Oh, can I have that one?

Steven:
Yeah, right?

Denise:
Yes.

Steven:
But wait a sec. Before we move on, I want to talk about this. We were talking about this before the break, you guys–

Chris:
Yeah.

Steven:
—um, you know, these little tomatoes and their chili– why is it a tomato and a chili pepper? My mom had these.

Denise:
You know, these have been around–

Steven:
Who invented this?

Denise:
These have been around forever, but I think Christopher knows a little fact about the–

Chris:
I am so excited. You know the little thing on the top of the tomato– the little thing–

Steven:
The chili pepper.

Denise:
The chili pepper.

Chris:
—the chili pepper on the top? Well, yes. I didn’t know what that was, but I know what’s inside of it. It’s an emery board that you use from– for your fingernails. You want to tell the story?

Denise:
Yeah, it’s exactly.

Chris:
While I continue to pin.

Denise:
Like your emery board; there’s emery board inside of it.

Steven:
Right.

Denise:
And you can use it to sharpen your pins. So if you have a dull pin you can poke it in there.

Chris:
From back in–

Steven:
Oh!

Chris:
Back in the day– like years ago–

Denise:
Yes.

Chris:
—when you didn’t have or you couldn’t afford–

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
—or if you didn’t want–

Denise:
Exactly. Instead of buying new pins, you’d just sharpen your old ones.

Chris:
Right. How cool is that!

Denise:
Right.

Steven:
I hadn’t known that. That’s cool. Okay.

Denise:
So, we’re going to pin down both sides–

Chris:
You got to tune in here, you know.

Denise:
Let’s grab our pins.

Chris:
You got to tune in here to find the good stuff.

Denise:
Let’s grab our pins and move over to the sewing machines.

Steven:
Sewing machines? Okay.

Chris:
Grab my pins?

Denise:
Yes.

Chris:
Let’s go over here?

Denise:
Yes.

Chris:
Oh, I’ve got my pin watch on. So I’m all set.

Steven:
Your pin watch.

Denise:
Your pins are going with you.

Chris:
My pins are coming with me.

Denise:
So we’ve pinned both sides of the fabric.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And we’ll put our pin cushions here, that way we’ll have somewhere to put them.

Chris:
I’ve got mine here.

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And all we’re going to do is sew right down the sides of our cushion.

Steven:
We’re going to sew down the sides, okay.

Chris:
So you want to get it in there, right?

Denise:
So we– we’re going to lower the presser foot. You’re lining up the edge of your fabric to the left side of that tape here

Chris:
Okay, so you put the tape in for me?

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
Does that– that masking tape doesn’t come with the machine, right?

Denise:
It doesn’t.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
It doesn’t, but you can put it in there easily.

Chris:
Okay, so you—

Denise:
The first thing we’re going to do is called the backstitch.

Steven:
The backstitch, Christopher, yeah.

Denise:
You’re going to press down—

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
—and hold this reverse button.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
Press down really hard.

Chris:
Am I pressing on the gas down here on the floor?

Denise:
Yes. And then press the pedal. And you’re going.

Chris:
Vroom, vroom.

Denise:
So you’re doing a few stitches in reverse.

Chris:
Hey, slow down there, Captain. Come on.

Steven:
I’m almost done.

Denise:
Here’s your speed control.

Chris:
He’s almost finished!

Steven:
It’s a three-minute pillow, Christopher, come on, get it going.

Chris:
Oh, I see. It’s not a 33-hour pillow.

Denise:
First take out your pins so you’re not running over them as we go.

Chris:
Okay. Okay.

Denise:
And we’re just sewing straight down. The fabric is going to pull through—

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
—the machine on its own.

Chris:
Okay, Denise, I don’t think I can do this without that diamond ring that you’re wearing. So I’m going to take that. Give me that ring, I’m wearing that.

Denise:
It does help. It does help.

Chris:
Yeah, I’ll have to have a diamond to wear to do this, okay. So, you’re doing very well. Both of you. Okay.

Steven:
Yep.

Denise:
Alright. So we’re just sewing down the sides–

Steven:
Yep.

Denise:
We’re going to sew down.

Steven:
Da ta da da.

Chris:
Do you pull on the other end? Like on this end here? Like on the back?

Denise:
No. There are little teeth–

Chris:
Just let her go, right?

Denise:
—underneath the machine. But—

Steven:
Oh, that’s funny.

Chris:
Can I erase it if I did something wrong?

Denise:
We have a stitch ripper, which is kind of like a fabric eraser. So you could do that.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
But we want to take our pins out as we’re going—

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
—so we don’t break a needle.

Chris:
Maybe I should join you and I’ll take–

Denise:
Yeah, why don’t you watch over here.

Chris:
I’ll take credit for yours– the one you’re doing.

Steven:
See, that’s why he’s not allowed in the kitchen either.

Chris:
Yeah, I’m not allowed anywhere.

Denise:
Exactly. Well, I do have one that’s already sewn for you.

Steven:
Oh!

Chris:
That’s the one I did! Look at what I came up with guys, wow. Look at that. Way to go.

Denise:
So once you’ve sewn both ends, I’ve got completed samples underneath here too.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
We’ve got– it’s sewn together, both sides. All we’re doing is a straight stitch down the sides.

Steven:
I do have one.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And then you flip it right side out and then we stuff our pillows. So we have the insert underneath here too.

Chris:
Okay. Let’s get the insert.

Steven:
Wow.

Chris:
Okay, everything’s under here. Alright, let’s get it in here.

Denise:
Here’s yours.

Steven:
Oh, here it is.

Chris:
Denise, I’m putting it in. Okay, Denise, can you help me?

Denise:
Yes, I can. And I noticed Steven is already on his second side–

Chris:
Yes, Denise, we know Steven is on his second side! We know that, Denise!

Denise:
Well, he was.

Steven:
I’m almost done here.

Chris:
Steven is always finished before Chris.

Denise:
Well, let me show you what you can do–

Chris:
Oh, this is the one I did!

Denise:
We can take a simple cushion and we can adorn it too. So if you’ve got more than three minutes to do this pillow, you can add a button, you can do some decorative trim with ribbon too.

Steven:
This is adorable. And, literally, it would take like three minutes. And that’s it.

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
Denise–

Denise:
Two seams that’s it.

Steven:
That’s fantastic!

Chris:
Sweetheart, you are adorable!

Steven:
You are!

Denise:
Thank you.

Chris:
You absolutely are!

Denise:
And you’re very talented.

Chris:
Thank you so much for being on the show. Are you going to come back and keep showing us great tips for–

Denise:
Of course!

Chris:
—tips for great, great–

Steven:
What are we doing here?

Chris:
Sewing tips!

Denise:
Yes.

Chris:
You’re fantastic. Thank you so much!

Denise:
Thank you. It was fun.

Chris:
Isn’t she great?

Steven:
Absolutely!

Chris:
And beautiful!

Denise:
Thank you.

Chris:
Beautiful!

Steven:
So, Christopher- so now what are you going to be doing? You going to be sewing some suits now?

Denise:
I think we should.

Chris:
I feel like I could sew a suit, I could.

Denise:
I could teach you.

Chris:
I could definitely pull that together. Alright, guys, after the break, we’re going to take a close look at eye wrinkles.

Steven:
Yes.

Chris:
You don’t have any of those. That’s for sure. After the break, guys. Come back. You are amazing!

 

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