Silk Sari Pillow Fashioned on a Rigid Heddle Loom: Part II

Handmade Sari Silk Pillow with Cotton Lace Embelishments

After finishing the first half of my project, I took a little break. Finally, I returned to my sari silk pillow and finished it. When I started my project, I was going to make two pillows with the sari silk top on one side and a cotton fabric on the back. As I was making the pillows, I couldn’t find cotton fabric in my stash that would be a perfect match. I did not want to go shopping because of the pandemic. So, I ended up combining the two woven tops and constructing one pillow.

To make it more visually interesting and versatile, I changed the order of colors in my second pillow top. The first part has orange on the outside and green along the midline. The second part is just the opposite, green on the outside and orange strip in the middle.

Both sides are so pretty! I cannot make up my mind, which side I like better.

My second woven pillow top hot off the loom.

The next step was to use the same silky liner and to embellish my sham with the cotton lace. The result was just as adorable as the first half of the project.

I like the irregularities in the fabric grain proving the authenticity of the handiwork.

After finishing the liner and embellishments, I reinforced the fabric edges with so called sewn-out zig zag stitch. It was not absolutely necessary, but I wanted to add some extra durability.

Finally, the two pieces were combined to form a pillow envelope with small opening on one side.

The opening on the right is left for stuffing the pillow.
Both sides of the pillow case.

The fluffy stuffing was distributed with care to make sure that every corner has equal amount of stuffing and the pillow looks and feels very smooth and even. And here it is, stuffed and smiling at you like a happy seal basking on a beach.

The parts of the opening were hand stitched together. The pillow is finished.

Silk sari pillow.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my project and looking at the pictures.

What are you working on? Please, share about your projects in the comments.


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