Say hello to unparalleled luxury with Celosia Velvet™, the newest fabric to join the Spoonflower line-up! This show-stopper fabric is printed with a rich and long-lasting color and is certain to add bespoke luxury to a variety of your me-made projects. From apparel and accessories to interior accents, it’s the perfect choice for commercial or personal upholstery projects, drapery, and other home dècor applications.
Keep reading to see how Spoonflower team member Jenell shows how to transform the corner of your house or apartment into a comfy, cushioned getaway, perfectly tailored to your personal style.
Jenell: As long as I have been a professional fabric hoarder, I have learned that every fabric has a personality, and Celosia Velvet is no different. It’s a fabric that’s luxe while still super comfortable and approachable. It’s like the Beyoncè of fabric: versatile, unique and always on trend. Upon receiving the fabric, I was a little nervous about the weight of the fabric for this project, but once I washed it, it only got better! Next on the agenda, a velvet duffle bag! Before I hop onto that project, let me show you how to make this perfect pouf!
Pro Tip: Before sewing, wash your velvet and tumble dry on low heat for optimum softness and to prevent shrinkage.
Step 1: Cutting out your pieces
Before you start, decide how large you want your pillow to be. My finished pillow is going to be 29” x 29” and because I plan on making more (a lot more!), I created a 30″ x 30″ pattern piece from old gridded gift wrap. The extra inch on all sides gives me a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Go ahead and cut out two 30″ x 30″ pieces. Take one of your pieces, fold in half, and mark the middle with a small snip.
Step 2: Notching and Ironing Your Zipper
Grab your zipper (I’m using an invisible zipper, but you can use anything that suits your style), fold in half and make a small snip at its center.
Next, unfold and iron your zipper to make sure the teeth lay flat using the tip of your iron–coordinating nails are optional. 🙂
Step 3: Attaching Fringe (optional)
Grab your Razzle Dazzle (pom trim, fringe, etc.) and pin it to one of the printed sides of the fabric, making sure to align the edge of the trim with the edge of your cut piece.
Sew all the way around, pivoting with the needle in the fabric when you turn each corner.
Step 4: Matching Notches and Sewing Zipper
Place your zipper, pull side down, onto your fabric, matching the notch you made on your zipper with the notch on your fabric piece.
Switch to your zipper foot and sew, staying as close to the zipper, without sewing over it as you can. (You may need to move the zipper pull as you sew). Repeat with the other pillow piece, aligning your pillow pieces before sewing.
Pro tip: If you want to add tassels, now is the time! Pin and sew them to the inside corners of one pillow piece with the tassel fringe facing towards the center. This is what we did for our display pillow pictured at the bottom!
Step 5: Finishing Up the Zipper
Unzip your pillow about half way down, and sew the edges together using a 1/2in seam, right sides together.
Pro tip: To get a crisp, professional finish, press lightly with an iron on a synthetic setting, with a towel between the iron and the fabric.
Step 7: Stuff Your Pillow!
Flip right side out and stuff with your favorite filling. We used fiberfill, but you can use anything plush.
And that’s all there is to it! Place your pouf in a corner and get to snuggling. Ready to give our must luxurious fabric a try? Find even more Celosia Velvet inspiration here!
Jenell is a creative kid from Brooklyn, NY, currently procraftinating in Durham, NC. When she isn’t designing graphics and websites, she is sewing or helping her sewing community, PrettyGirlsSew, host their Rippin’ Ain’t Easy Sewing Competition.