Once you have all of your material, notions, and supplies, let's begin making a throw pillow.
Step 1: Wash your fabric
I sew a zig-zag stitch along the two cut edges of the fabric, then wash to reduce further shrinking. The zig-zag edge prevents fraying during the washing process.
Step 2: Cut your fabric
Press the washed fabric with a steam iron to remove wrinkles.
Before cutting your fabric, take note of the fabric pattern direction. Does the pattern go in one direction, two (half of the images are upside down), four directions, or any direction? Make sure you cut your fabric and lay out your pieces accordingly.
For my pillow, the pinwheels go in one direction from fabric selvage to selvage. Had this pattern been of flowers instead of pinwheels with stick handles, I could cut and position fabric in any direction. I want to take care that the fabric in front and back are in the same direction with the visible stick handle pointing downward.
For a 14 X 14 inch pillow form, cut one 15 1/2 X 15 1/2 inch square of the fabric. Then cut two 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch rectangles. If you have one-half yard of fabric that is 44 - 45 inches wide, you will cut the 11 1/2 lengths along the width of the fabric; otherwise, you will not have enough fabric for your project. Plus, the fabric grain for front and back should be aligned in the same direction. (Figure 1)
Step 3: Prepare the back pieces
Lay the two back pieces, right side up, on your work surface in the direction that matches your front piece. For the piece on the left, fold the right edge under 1/2 inch toward the wrong side of the fabric. Press. For the piece on the right, fold the left edge under 1/2 inch toward the wrong side of the fabric. (See Figure 2.) Press with an iron. Sew at least a 2.5 length stitch near the fabric edge of the folded side. You may use a basting stitch if you want to remove these securing stitches later.
Fold the sewn edge of the back pieces toward the wrong side of the fabric again by two inches. Press with an iron. Topstitch the folded edge and the hemmed edge (the edge closer to the middle of the fabric pieces) close to each edge as shown in Figure 3.