Then my feelings got butter stains all over the skirt and the opportunity to return my purchase flew out the window then and there.
So here we are two years later, Me and Skirt, and Skirt is still wearing her original tags.
Skirt said, “I deserve to come out and play!”
I said, “Not on my ass you’re not.”
Will any skirt work for this project? Sorta. Thicker fabric like corduroy, denim and velvet would work best, as would any skirt with straight lines. This zebra skirt is actually slightly A-lined but you don’t notice it at all once it’s stuffed. This is important: look for skirts that have a lining or inner waistband. You can glue the seams together at the bottom pretty neatly, but in order to get the top to lay right you will want it to grip onto something. By gluing the inner waistbands to each other (not the actual skirt fabric), your pillow form can eventually slide up to fill the skirt right to the top of the waist band. Gosh, I hope that made sense.
Can I use hot glue? Yes but it will fall apart after a couple weeks of regular use. I suggest Aileen’s fabric glue (about $6 a bottle). It dries 100% clear and the bond is strong enough to last through the washing machine’s gentle cycle (I speak from experience on this front).
The key here is to stuff the pillow form, pin it inside clear away from the seams, and THEN get the glue out. When you lay down the glue, run a generous zig-zag along the inner seam, but also run a thin line half an inch from the edge.
The clothespins keep everything clamped together as it dries (No clothespins? Use paperclips).
And that’s it. Boom Chaka Lacka. Hope this makes sense. Let me know if you have questions or concerns. I know the concept of gluing fabric can be intimidating, but you’ll just have to trust me, it’s more fun than you think!
PS: Have a long flowing skirt that isn’t just right for pillow making material? Turn it into curtain in less than three minutes.