You'll be surprised how easy these pillows are to make. If you have a sofa
or chair that is looking a bit worn, adding some really attractive accent
pillows can give the piece a brand new appearance. Pillows are an inexpensive
way to express yourself and add life to your interior, so pick a fabulous
fabric and start sewing!
- Pillow Form
- Fabric Trim
- Matching Thread
- Straight Pins
- Since virtually any fabric can
be used to make a pillow cover, check the cleaning instructions on the end
of the bolt of the fabric before purchasing. If you intend to wash the
pillow cover you must pre-shrink the fabric and all trims
before using. Many fabrics can be pre shrunk using the washer and
dryer. Trims can not be washed in the washer as they will tangle.
- To Create the front of the
pillow cover, cut one piece of fabric the same size as the pillow form.
Because the fabric should fit snuggley over the pillow, your measurement
should include a 1/2" seam allowance. (Note: if the pillow is very
firm, it may be necessary to add a 1" seam allowance.)
- To Create the back of the
pillow cover, cut one piece of fabric the same width piece and 4 inches
longer than the length of the pillow front. Fold the piece in half
lenghwise and cut along the fold. Turn this edge, which measures the same
width as the pillow, under 1/4" and press. So that no raw edges will
be exposed, turn under again and stitch. Repeat with the other back piece.
attach it now. With raw edges together and beginning in the middle of a
side, place the trim so that 1 inch extends beyond the seam allowance and
is against the right side of the pillow front. Pin in place. When the ends
of the trim meet, the second end should also be extended 1 inch into the
seam allowance. Sewing very closely to the trim, we advise using your
zipper foot to sew the trim in place.
- Lay down the pillow top with
the trim side up. With right sides together, lay one half of the pillow
back on the pillow front and pin in place. Pin the other half of the
pillow back in place. The two pillow backs will overlap each other by 1
1/2 inches. Using the stitching line that attached the trim as a guide,
stitch the back and front together.Trim the excess fabric from the corners
Turn the pillow cover right side out and insert the pillow form. Slip
stitched closed if necessary.