Thursday, May 16, 2013

EASY pillow covers tutorial (no zippers!)

Good morning friends!

Yesterday I sewed a couple super cute "envelope" pillow covers for 2 throw pillows on my couch that needed some love.  They turned out really cute, but unfortunately I didn't take pictures of my step-by-step process to blog about later because I really didn't expect them to be this cute. I was using this as a practice! Now I'm really mad I didn't take more pictures.  So, I'm going to explain the process as clearly as I can, and also give a link to the tutorial I used off of someone else's blog.

Here is what the back looks like:

Here is what you'll need:

1.  Pillow.
2.  Fabric.
3.  Sewing machine.
4.  Iron.
5.  Measuring tape, scissors, thread.

Cut fabric: 

1.  First, you need to measure your pillow.  I used 18" pillows.  This means the width of my fabric needed to be cut 18", and the length needs to be double + 4"... so 40".

For example:

12" pillow - Fabric 12" by 28"
14" pillow - Fabric 14" by 32"
16" pillow - Fabric 16" by 36"
18" pillow - Fabric 18" by 40"

2.  Take your rectangular piece of fabric, lay it pretty side down on an ironing board.  Fold the short edges in 1/4 of an inch, and iron them down.  (Also iron out any wrinkles in the fabric while you're at it.)

3.  Stitch the ironed folds down and sew a pretty hem.

4.  Take the fabric now and lay it pretty side up.  Fold the left hemmed side in to the center of the fabric, and fold the right hemmed side in overlapping the left by 3 1/2 inches.  Take a couple pins and pin the overlap in place.  Your right sides should be in.

5.  Sew the 2 sides with the RAW edges using 1/2" seams.

6.  Turn your pillow inside out and stuff your pillow inside.  You're done!  It's that easy.

If my picture-less tutorial was too difficult to understand (I am a visual learner too so don't feel bad if it was...) then go to this tutorial here that I learned from - it's almost the same tutorial! Only difference is she marked where the folded sides need to go, and I learned on my second pillow that eye-balling it worked better for me.

**Note** Don't leave a seam want your fabric these exact dimensions so it has a more "stuffed" look.  Mine were a little too big so on my next ones I'm going to be sure and go smaller rather than bigger so the covers are a little more tight on the pillows.

Thanks for reading everyone!

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