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Home Dec Basics - A Corded Pillow

The first step of our Pillow Club, learn how to make a professional looking pillow with corded piping and an invisible zipper closure.   Use our Binding Miter Tool to finish the ends of the piping so that no one can tell where the piping began and ended.  With a zipper closure, your pillow cover will be easily removed from the pillow form for cleaning.  The skills learned in this class will equip you to finish any pillow cover that we complete during our Pillow Club classes.

The classroom will be equipped with:

  • Sewing machines (no need to lug your machine to class!)
  • Piping presser foot
  • Invisible zipper foot
  • Ironing boards and irons
  • Cutting mats
  • 24" x 6" rulers
  • Cotton cording
Students will need to supply the following items.  It is highly recommended that students purchase their supplies from High Sewciety Boutique so that we can help you choose the proper fabrics so that you have a finished product that you love. Class students will receive a 20% discount on all products purchased before class or the day of the class.

  • Purchase of a 20-inch pillow form is required for the class, and will fit all the pillow covers we will make during Pillow Club classes
  • Fabric for pillow front and back - 2/3 yards, 45" wide
  • Fabric for piping - 1/4 yd, 45" wide  Can be contrasting or match your pillow front and back.
  • Coordinating 50-weight polyester thread
  • Coordinating invisible zipper, at least 22" long
  • Rotary cutter with extra blades
  • Fabric scissors
  • Small scissors or thread snips
  • Straight pins
  • Pin cushion or magnetic holder
  • Tape measure
  • Seam ripper
  • Reading glasses if you need them to see close up
  • Sack lunch (a refrigerator is available for student use)

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Students should be comfortable with using a sewing machine. and able to confidently sew a seam at a consistent width. .
Instructor: Jeanette Bussard
Instructor Bio: Jeanette Bussard is a wearable artist and couture fashion designer. She began her journey in sewing in the 4-H program in Anderson, Indiana at the age of eight-years-old. The ten-year 4-H program provided the basic garment-sewing skills that Jeanette has built on for over 40 years. The self-proclaimed "Bound Buttonhole Queen" has furthered her sewing education by pouring over books and magazines, attending countless sewing seminars and conferences, and just plain experimenting on her own. Jeanette has created wearable art ensembles and couture garments that have won her many awards at such competitions as the Pacific International Quilt Festival, Nancy's Notions Creative Jacket Contest, the American Sewing Guild National Sewing Contest, Make It With Wool, and the Illinois and Wisconsin State Fairs. Now retired from accounting, Jeanette looks forward to devoting herself full-time to passing on everything she knows to other sewists, learning from others, and providing the supplies and inspiration necessary to help others reach their creative potential through her new studio and online store, High Sewciety Boutique.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.