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« on: August 18, 2009 07:13:44 AM »

Sponsored Project - Pillow Slipcover from SewingRepublic.com


Pillow Slipcover
by Stacy Schlyer



Materials and Tools
  • 1/2 yard of 45” material of your choice
  • Thread to match
  • 14” pillow form
  • Scissors and ruler
  • Rotary cutter and mat (optional)
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s chalk or water soluble pen for marking
  • Iron for pressing

Steps

Cutting
Seam allowances are 1/2” unless otherwise noted

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.

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009 04:25:41 PM »

Sweet. I have some pillows that could use some new covers.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009 01:57:20 AM »

These are great, I've made lot's of pillow covers. I have one suggestion, without complicating things too much.... sew a few inches of velcro on the opening, at the center. It will help with the shape of the pillow after a little use. I have 2 on my bed, that have thick pillows in them, and they really need it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2009 07:45:30 AM »

These are great, I've made lot's of pillow covers. I have one suggestion, without complicating things too much.... sew a few inches of velcro on the opening, at the center. It will help with the shape of the pillow after a little use. I have 2 on my bed, that have thick pillows in them, and they really need it.

This is a great addition to this.  Sometime big fat pillows pucker out the back and make the pillow sit wonky.  A snap or 2 (or 3, if they're small) would work great to if you have the tools to set them.  I guess buttons would work well also, the could even become a decorative element and the back could be the front!
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2009 03:05:50 PM »

Good idea with the buttons. I've seen them used like tht before. I would suggest using 3, with buttonholes or loops. Loops are easy if you aren't confident in buttonholes, but need to be sewn in a seam. Just create a facing, instead of folding over the top edge. The loops have to be just big enough to go over the button without being sloppy, or they won't hold thier place. But, any of these ideas are easier than zippers.
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2009 01:38:04 AM »

great tut!
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2009 12:46:42 PM »

Thanks for the tut, this is exactly what I've been looking for!
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2010 08:14:17 AM »

this is a great tutorial, thank you!  but can anyone help me to figure out what measurements i'll need for making the cover for a 20x20" pillow? 
sorry, i'm kind of spastic when it comes to sewing and measurements Undecided
help please!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010 07:46:05 AM »

thanks for the great tutorial!  after analyzing the measurements, i figured out how to adjust for the pillow size i needed Smiley
and then i made a variation on the pillow cover by making a patchwork fabric first, then following the tutorial.
it was really fun & simple, albeit time-consuming (the patchwork part, that is.  i'd imagine that with straight up, regular fabric, this project would take less than 30 minutes!)

anyhow, i made this for one of my wonderful craftster swap partners, nesse.
i'm quite pleased with how it turned out and i sure hope she is, too!
i only wish i could have gotten a picture of the pillow cover on a pillow, but i don't have any pillows that size.  Undecided  my couch had to suffice.







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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2010 05:11:31 PM »

Sugaree I really like your patchwork version!

I am going to be trying out this tutorial this weekend, I have pillows I bought on sale the other day for my couch, and have been trying to figure out how I could cover them while still making them washalbe(toddler)and season changeable.
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