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Pillow Perfection
Pillow Perfection
by Lisa Shepard Stewart

Decorating with pillows is one of the quickest way to freshen up the look of a room, especially as spring approaches! They’re easy, economical, and fun to make. When you’re making a quilt from your favorite Marcus Fabrics collection, add some accent pillows to create an ensemble. Try these tips for exciting room accents that look great season after season . . .

  • Give quilting fabrics the proper “hand” for pillows: simply apply fusible fleece to the wrong sides of the pillow front and back. It gives the fabric more body and helps the pillow to keep their shape. Trim the fleece approximately 1/2" smaller than the fabric to reduce bulk at the edges, but be sure that the fleece is caught into the seam to stabilize the edge of the pillow when turned right side out.
  • The fusible fleece also helps smooth out any unevenness whether you stuff the pillow with fiberfill or a purchased pillow form.
  • Sometimes a bowed effect occurs on a straightedge pillow after it is filled so that the corners protrude. To avoid this, stitch straightedge pillows seams so that the corners dip downward slightly.
  • Make your own neck roll pillow forms from quilt batting. You can control the finished length and height of the pillow, and roll as tightly or loosely as you like to achieve the desired firmness. Then hold the roll together with tape or rubber bands. Wrap the entire pillow form with a piece of fusible fleece and fuse into place, removing the tape or rubber bands as you go. Then cover with fabric as you would a purchased form.

Try some of these techniques with Lisa’s free Envelope Pillow project.

Lisa Shepard Stewart is the Marketing Manager for Marcus Fabrics and a self-taught quilter & decorator. Her favorite Marcus collection at the moment is Color Works in the new Vegetable colors, and her quilt projects rarely involve the use of rulers or templates! Visit her online at