Sponsored Project - Pillow Slipcover from SewingRepublic.com
by Stacy SchlyerMaterials and Tools
StepsCuttingSeam allowances are 1/2” unless otherwise noted
- 1/2 yard of 45” material of your choice
- Thread to match
- 14” pillow form
- Scissors and ruler
- Rotary cutter and mat (optional)
- Tailor’s chalk or water soluble pen for marking
- Iron for pressing
1. Using your ruler, mark off 3 different sizes: a 15” square; a 9” x 15” strip; and an 11” x 15” strip of your material. Cut using scissors or your rotary cutter.Sewing
2. Take the 9” x 15” strip of material: on one of the long sides fold 1/2” of the right side of material to the wrong side and
press. Fold this strip over itself and press again. Sew close to the edge. This will give a finished edge to the back of your
pillow slipcover. Repeat this step along the long edge for the 11” x 15” strip of material.
3. Place the 15” square right side up. Lay the 9” x 15” (which is now 8” x 15” after making the finished edges in step 2)
strip on top of the square, wrong side up. Lay the strip so that the raw edges are matched and that the finished edge is in
the middle of the fabric. Pin in place.
4. Place the 11” x 15” (which is now 10” x 15” after making the fi nished edges in step 2) strip on top of the two pieces of
material, wrong side up. Lay the strip so that the raw edges are matched and that the finished edge is in the middle of the
fabric. Pin in place.
5. Sew all four sides forming a square. Without cutting your stitching, clip the corners and turn right side out.
6. Place your slipcover over your pillow form!Personalizing your Pillows
Aside from fabric choice there are lots of ways to personalize your slipcovers. Here’s just a few:Machine stitch
: Use the decorative stitches on your machine to create designs on your material—even straight and zigzag stitches can create attractive patterns. To give your stitches more interest, try using a variegated thread; these specialty threads will change colors as you sew!Fabric markers
: Take black-and-white fabric and use fabric marking pens to color in the designs on the fabric or create a white slipcover and draw your own design right onto the fabric!Thrift it
: If you’re having problems finding the “right fabric” check out the local thrift store or flea market. Often times you’ll find yardage at unbelievable prices and even hard-to-find vintage fabrics.Fabric transfers
: Using iron-on fabric-transfer sheets (found at most craft and/or fabric stores) print out your favorite photo and iron onto your slipcover. You can also use ready-made transfers, patches and embellishments to further decorate your pillow.Jewel it up
: If you need to bring a little bling into your room, try adding hot-fix crystals (or fl at-back jewels and clear fabric adhesive) to your slipcover after you’ve finished sewing.