In that event, you can quickly make a pillow cover using the fabric of your choice. Fold one of the hemmed ends 2 inches past the center. Start with finding or buying a 16 inch by 16 inch pillow form. I mentioned in another post that Art Gallery Fabrics has really been producing some beautiful lines of fabric.
This is a wonderful project for updating some outdated pillows. Cut a piece of fabric 16 inches by 16 inches. This will be the panel for the front of the pillow cover. But what about seam allowance? I like my pillow covers to fit snug and crisp. I almost always sew the cover a bit smaller than the pillow form to ensure a tight fit. Cut two more pieces of fabric each measuring 16 inches by 11 inches.
These two panels will form the back envelope section of the pillow cover. On one long end of each back panel, fold over an approximate quarter of an inch. This will create finished edges on the back of your pillow. Stitch the little folds down from the above picture. I used about an eighth of an inch seam allowance.
Lay your large front panel face up on your table. Then lay one of your smaller back panels face down. Note that the hemmed edge is in the middle of the pillow cover. Lay the second panel for the back face down on top of the other two panels. Pin all the way around the perimeter of your fabric. They are kind of hard to see, but I have pins every three inches or so in the below picture. Sew around the entire perimeter of your pillow cover with a quarter of an inch seam allowance. When you are sewing and come to a corner, stop sewing, leave your needle in the fabric, lift up your presser foot, rotate your fabric, and then keeping going again.
Once you have sewn the entire perimeter and come back to where you started, be sure to back stitch to secure your stitch. Back stitching prevents your thread from unraveling. While your pillow cover is still wrong side out, snip off the corners to create a blunt corner. This will result in a sharper point when you flip your cover right side out. Using the opening you created in the back, turn your pillow cover right side out. It should look very similar to the below picture.
The back of the pillow should appear like this:. Stuff your pillow form into your new pillow cover. My husband and I have slowly been updating our entry way , and the plan is to leave this on a chair right by the front door. The varieties of color in this fabric give me much freedom with my decorating options.
If you are looking for additional inspiration for sewing pillow covers, click through to a recent post titled: Four Tips for Improving your Pillow Covers. Learning this trade called sewing has been such a journey for me, and I just keep sharing as I keep learning. Please note that affiliate links have been used in this post. Just finished a 16 inch pillow with your instructions.
They were very easy to follow, and it took very little time to complete. It looks so nice on my couch. I love sewing inexpensive things that can change and brighten up a room. Planning on making several for the different holidays and seasons. I am completely onboard with you when it comes to inexpensive updates! Hi Melissa, nice work finishing two pillow covers!
In that event, you can quickly make a pillow cover using the fabric of your choice. Iron the fold and remove the pins. Sew the ironed hem. Lay the fabric on a stable surface. Place one short end in each hand and fold the fabric in half to find the center. Mark this point with fabric chalk. Fold one of the hemmed ends 2 inches past the center. Face the finished side of the hem down.
Fold the other hemmed end in the same manner. Both hemmed ends should overlap 2 inches and the fabric should now form a square. Turn the pillow cover by pulling it right-side-out through the open center. Insert the pillow through opening.
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