I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning, but not in my house (I wish!)… Just on my computer. I found this little tutorial that I made when I sewed a bunch of throw pillow covers for my couches at the end of last summer.
It’s very basic, very easy…
It’s a great first sewing project, because it’s all just straight lines yet gives you a nice, functional end result which you can enjoy instantly and often.
If you are brand new to sewing, I recommend using a solid fabric first. A bold print like this stripe is a little trickier because you have to match the stripes up from the cutting stage through the sewing stage (and a couple of my seams are still slightly off – the lazy perfectionist in me feels the need to mention it but not take the time to unpick and resew. ;))
What you need:
For the purposes of this tutorial, I am using measurements for a 20 inch IKEA pillow form and 5/8 of a yard of fabric.
FIRST, cut your fabric. You can either:
a. cut one piece 20 inches wide and 52 inches long
b. cut three pieces – one 20×20 inches, two 20×17 inches
I will show pictures for option “a” and explain more about “b” at the end.
You may be wondering why I cut my fabric to the exact width of the pillow form, rather than adding extra for seam allowance. The pillow form is 20 inches, but you want to sew it slightly tighter than 20 inches so that your pillow will look clean and snug rather than loose and floppy.
SECOND, press your fabric with a hot iron. Fold the short ends under about an inch and then again another inch. Sew the double folded hem down with a top stitch close to the folded open edge. (oh and you pre-washed your fabric right? :))
THIRD, fold the ends of the fabric over with right sides together (or on the inside) and overlap them about 4.5 inches.
FOURTH, sew or serge up the sides. Use 1/4 inch seam allowance. If you serge, leave the tails. That way you won’t have to worry about the seam coming undone and no one except your laundry fairy will see it. 😉
FIFTH, turn it right sides out and don’t forget those corners! I have a point turner tool, but a semi blunt pencil works great. If your pencil is too sharp you may puncture a hole into the corner of your pillow case. Not that I know anything about that. 🙂
And that’s it! Now make 10 more. 🙂 You can certainly dress your pillowcases up. I kept it simple for a fast sewing project and comfier results.
*If you decide to use a stripe fabric or want to match up your prints, you may need to follow option “b” when cutting your fabric (see the first step).
**You will also need to use option “b” if the fabric you use doesn’t come wide enough (it needs to be at least 52 inches for a 20 inch pillow form)
Fabrics I used –
– Black and white stripe is from IKEA.
– Mustard yellow solid is a linen look fabric from Jo-Ann.
– Joel Dewberry Sunflower in Sunglow (my favorite) can be found here from my sponsor Lily Bella.