Do you have any old and worn out throw pillows? Maybe they are torn and tattered like these are? My friend of the inspired carrot garland fame has 2 silk pillows that she loves. They are the right size to put behind the small of your back or neck. I had already repaired one pillow for her by adding ribbon around the torn areas. So I offered to make a new pillow cover to love. And loves them she does.
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Once again I went to the stash of upholstery fabric samples because the pillows are only 10” x 10”. She selected 2 solids and 2 prints that coordinate. Using upholstery fabric is a great way to buy expensive high-end material because you won’t need much. If I did my math calculations right (don’t trust me for math calculations ) you only need a piece of material 34” wide, 1 yard for the same design on both sides or 17” wide by 24”. Or go to your local furniture store and see if they will give you last year’s samples.
Personally, I never thought I would find a use for this material but I have made quite a few things such as coasters, a little pouch for stuff and the aforementioned garland.
Anyhow let’s get started, shall we? I used the pillow as the pattern. And I always wash and iron the fabric before I start sewing.
Cut the fabric to size and allow for a seam allowance. Put right side of the material together and sew a seam using the longest stitch setting on the sewing machine. Press open. Pin the zipper along the pressed seam, use the zipper foot to sew the zipper in.
Place the pillow on the fabric to judge the seam allowance and pin together, right sides together. You should measure so you will know the dimension of the seam. Before you start sewing open up the zipper so you will be able to turn the cover right side up. I sewed the side seams first.
Turn pillow cover right side up and insert the pillow in it. This is to make sure it fits correctly. At this point, if it fits…Yay! If you need to make adjustments now is the time to get out the seam ripper and fix it. Ugh, I know. Sometimes the seam ripper is my best frenemy. After the pillow is fitted turn right sides together and sew the bottom seam.
If or should I say when the cover is the right fit, trim the sides and clip the corners at a diagonal. Press the pillow as best you can.
Turn the pillow right side up. Now you know how to make a new pillow cover to love. And wasn’t it easy? Plus if you get 4 different coordinating fabrics it is like having 4 new pillows to love.
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Materials and Supplies
2 Coordinating pieces of fabric Zipper
Matching thread Rotary cutter(similar)
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