Hey friends! Today I'm sharing with you how to add pom pom trim (aka ball trim) to your pillows. I adore this stuff. It adds a fun, happy touch to one of my favorite things to make - pillows!
To get started, you need:
- a squared up pillow top that has already been layered with batting and quilted
- enough pom pom trim to frame your pillow
To determine the amount of trim needed, measure the length of each side and add them all together. Be sure to give yourself a few extra inches to spare.
Begin by pinning your trim on the upper left corner or your pillowtop. Be sure to leave a half inch overhang, and start working your way across the top in a clockwise direction. Warning - This trim is very stretchy, so carefully lay it flat with out pulling. If you stretch it, your pillow will pucker.
Cut off any pom poms that are in the half inch overhang. I pin every couple inches with my pins pointing in a counter clockwise. This makes them easy to remove later.
When you reach the end of the top, leave a half inch overhang and then cut your trim off.
Layer your trim over the previously pinned piece leaving a half inch overhang. Trim off any pom poms in the overhang trim. Continue pinning down the right side of your pillow top.
Keep going! Pin the trim all the way around the pillow, and do each corner the same way. Don't forget to keep your pins pointing in a counter clockwise direction. And don't stretch that trim! :)
Now it is time to sew your trim onto your pillow top! I use a 2.5 length stitch approximately 1/8" away from the edging.
Pull out your pins as you approach them, and remember to backstitch a couple times at each corner, in both directions. This is what your corners should look like:
Cut the extra trim back so they are flush with the edges of the pillow top.
Time to layer up your pillow! I used an envelope enclosure for this pillow.
I have 4 layers to sew together. Starting at the bottom of the pile:
1- the pillow liner cut to the same size as the pillow top
2- the pillow top right side UP
3- the hemmed outside envelope piece (the part you want to see on the back of the pillow) right side DOWN
4- hemmed inside evelope piece right side DOWN
Carefully pin your layers together with your pins once again pointing in a counter clockwise direction. This step can be confusing. Your top 2 layers (the backing pieces) will not lay flat due to the pom poms. Try your best to keep the edges and corners flat. It helps to use a lot of pins! Another tip - pin as far away from the edges as you comfortably can. This helps push back the pom poms and keeps them out of the way while sewing.
Time to sew the layers together! You have two options here: use either a walking foot or a zipper foot. I've used both, and they worked equally well for me. The walking foot is the perfect width, and you will be sewing right over those little strings that attach the balls to the trim. If you use it, this part is a little tricky because you may have to push the pom poms (which are hidden at this point) away from the walking foot while you sew. If you use the zipper foot, use a 3/8 in allowance, and sew right up close to the pom poms. Be sure to pull out those pins as you get to them.
Almost finished! Trim off the corners, sew a quick zig zag stitch around the edges of the pillows.... and that is it! Turn your pillow inside out, and there you go! A beautifully trimmed pillow.
When your pillow cover is right-side out, make sure you check your trim. You should only see the pom poms and a little bit of the string. If you see the rest of the trim, no biggie! Just turn it inside out again, and sew farther away from the edge of the pillow.
The inside looks so pretty too! I love lining this my pillows this way
Good luck! Feel free to email if you have any questions. xo Angela :)