Fabric on the 'wrong side of the tracks'; tricks of the trade

bedroom fabrics

bedroom fabrics

Just got the beautiful fabric up on the top right in to make some pillows for a bedding ensemble.  The pattern of this fabric allows us some options for how we lay it out on a pillow.  And, because it's expensive we want to make sure we do it right the first time!!

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Time to brush up on some terminology.  Railroading. Here's a little refresher.   Best way to remember... does the pattern follow continuously up the bolt like railroad tracks that never end.  Is it railroaded...  YES!  Now, here's a couple tips to help you figure out which way you should use the pattern.

 

Tip #1 Lay the fabric out over a pillow with similar dimensions of what you will be using and take a picture.  Sometimes seeing it in a photo helps the decision process.

fabric option #1  not railroaded.  pattern goes from selvage to selvage

fabric option #1  not railroaded.  pattern goes from selvage to selvage

fabric option #2 railroaded pattern follows up the roll

fabric option #2 railroaded pattern follows up the roll

You can see how the fabric looked completely different depending on the way it was laid out on the pillow.  Both look great, but we chose option 1 for a couple reasons.  It created a more soothing effect for the bedroom it was going into, we liked the white space, and it showcased the entire pattern.  

Now moving on to tip #2.  See that fabric our test pillow is placed on above?  That is the reverse side of the fabric shown below.  Inside out fabric.  Some fabrics work great both ways!

this Duralee fabric looks good on both the 'right' and 'wrong' side

this Duralee fabric looks good on both the 'right' and 'wrong' side

Now that you've decided which way the pattern will go and have your fabric side chosen we move on to tip #3  Make sure you get your pillow sewn exactly the way you want it by taping it out.  Measure out the exact dimensions of your pillow and tape it with painters tape!  This helps the workroom know exactly how you would like to see your finished pillow look and reduces confusion and costly errors.

taping out your fabric ensures a perfect result

taping out your fabric ensures a perfect result

Here's how it looked after the pillows were completed... beautiful!

final result!

final result!