For Day 5 of Red & Black Week, a tutorial on making an "envelope" style pillow cover.
A pillow cover is an excellent first project for the sewing novice. It also provides some of the best ROI (Return on Investment) of any sewing project. Invest a very small amount of fabric and time, and you get a return that can be practically miraculous.
Don't believe you can work miracles with a sewing machine? Let's look at an example. Behold the pillows that came with my sofa:
|My eyes! My eyes!|
YIKES! I didn't even want the things in my house, much less on display. :P But disguise them inside some simple pillow covers... and wow! Miraculous!
Ready to perform your own miracle? Here we go!
Begin by determining what size your fabric pieces should be. You will be cutting one piece for the front and two pieces for the back.
Front: about 1-2" larger than the pillow width and 1-2" larger than the pillow length
Back: about 1-2" larger than the pillow width and about 2-3" larger than HALF the pillow length
Did I lose you there? We'll use a 16" x 16" pillow as an example. The fabric should measure as follows:
Front: 17" x 17"
Back: 17" x 11" (Half the pillow length is 8" and 8" + 3" = 11".)
You can measure directly on your fabric if you like. I prefer to make a paper pattern, which is super easy with graph paper.
|left pattern piece will be cut on the fold to create the 17" x 17" front|
Cut your fabric. Hem one long end of each back piece.
Place your front piece right side up. In this project, I used a red cotton with a black spooky overlay. (Basting them together is optional.)
Place one back piece on top of the front, right side down, with the hemmed end toward the inside. Line up the top, bottom, and side raw edges.
Place the other back piece in the same manner, lining it up with the other side of the front piece. The hemmed edges of the back pieces should overlap about 3". Pin.
Stitch around all four sides. You can use a regular sewing machine or a serger (overlock machine).
Turn right side out. Sewing is complete!
Insert pillow through the "envelope" opening in the back.
Done! Stand back and admire your miracle. :)