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Steps to Making a Pillow Cover
Sewing 101 Bonus Project - - - - - - - Instructor: Connie Williams
1. Fold your fabric with selvages together along the first line on your rotary mat.
a. If your fabric is 45 wide, it will measure 23 ½ across
b. If your fabric is 54 wide (decorator fabric department), it will measure 27
2. "Square up" one end of your fabric.
a. Cut using a rotary cutter along top cross grain so you have a straight edge across.
(If your rotary cutting mat is not wide enough to accommodate the fabric, fold again that is place original fold on top and even with selvages making 4 layers to cut through.)
b. If you dont have a rotary cutter and mat, use a wooden or plastic ruler and marker to draw a straight line across top of fabric. Pin near the mark or use something to hold fabric in place while you use scissors to cut across.
3. For an 18 pillow cover, as in our class example, you will measure, mark and cut 19 down from the squaring-up mark and cut you made going across.
4. Your fabric piece with its original fold now measures 19 x 23½ or 19 x 27 depending on the type of fabric you chose. Set aside any excess fabric.
5. Measure and cut 9½ from the fold, resulting in a 19 square. This is your front piece. Open and slide this 19 square off to one side of your work area with the right side facing up.
6. Place remaining two (back) pieces, right sides down, on top of 19 square with selvages facing each other toward the middle (these pieces will actually overlap each other) and cut edges lined up with the side cut edges of the square.
7. You will pin the corners (on the diagonal, remember) of the layers, plus another pin or two a few inches away from each of the diagonal pins.
8. You are looking at the wrong side of the two back pieces. Fold the selvage edges, so you can see about 1½ of the right side of 45 (or 3 for 54) fabric, and stitch close to the selvage edge of each back piece.
9. Re-place these two back pieces and pin. Each is wider than half, so they will overlap in the middle of the square theyre supposed to.
10. Sew, using a ½ seam, through all layers around the edge of the square. Start anywhere backstitch a couple of stitches - and stitch around the pillow cover, removing pins as you come to them.
11. As you get near each corner, slow down and, if necessary, use the hand wheel to stitch within a thread of the diagonal pins and stop.
a. Put your needle down remove diagonal pin raise presser foot.
b. With needle still in fabric, pivot the fabric, lower presser foot, and you are ready to sew the next side.
12. Repeat along all sides and corners until you reach your starting point.
13. Cut across each corner on the outside of your stitching diagonally - to reduce bulk.
14. Turn your pillow cover right side out.
15. Press and enjoy!
Just for fun, here are directions for the same pillow that will be just fine when youve done a few projects:
Square up one end of fabric. Cut across to make a strip 19 long by width of fabric. Cut a 19 square for the front. Use remaining portion of strip for two back pieces. Sew a 1½ (or 3 for 54-wide fabric) hem on the narower edges for back overlap. Place right sides together with hemmed edges overlapping in the middle and pin. Stitch in a ½ seam all the way around, pivoting at each corner pin. Clip corners. Turn right side out. Press. Enjoy!