What you need to make a single pillow:
- 1 yd of your primary fabric
- 1/3 yd of your accent fabric
- scissors or rotary tool
- stick pins
- sewing machine or needles with matching thread
Step 1 : Cut Fabric
You will need to cut two pieces of fabric. For a pillow case that will fit any standard pillow cut the fabric as follows:
- Primary Fabric – 30 inches by 40 inches
- Accent fabric – 10 inches by 40 inches
The easiest way to do this is using a rotary cutting tool and a cutting map. You can fold the fabric in half to make the cuts easier.
Step 2 : Pin The Fabric
This may be the most complicated step.
Lay the primary fabric face up length wise. Then lay the accent fabric length wise on top of it face down. Pin the two fabrics together lengthwise. (right sides together)
Now for the tricky part. Fold the accent fabric up. Roll the primary fabric under it. Fold the accent fabric back over and pin the reverse side of the primary accent fabric to the previously pinned section.
Confusing? It took me a bit to figure this out. In the end you should have the accent fabric pinned to itself with all of the primary fabric inside it. There should be three layers of fabric pinned together in the order of accent-primrary-accent.
This is what is going to create the seamless seam between the accent and primary fabrics on the pillow.
Step 3 : Sew On the Accent Fabric
Using a sewing machine (recommended) or sew by hand a straight line stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Once you have completed that sewing, pull the primary fabric through the accent photo. This may take a bit of working as it is a tight fit. Kind of reminds you of a sock rolled inside out.
Step 4 : Complete the Pillow
Fold the fabric over so that the face of the fabric is inside. (right sides together) Pin the sides together. Remember to leave the top along the accent piece unpinned to leave an opening for a pillow.
Again, using just a straight stitch and a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew along the sides. You could use a reinforcing stitch if you desire but I found the straight stitch is just fine.
That’s it! Now just flip it inside out and you have a completed pillow case that rivals anything you can buy in the stores. And if it is a hard to find character you are going to look like a hero too!! That is a win-win.
Hope this inspires you to go out there are create something today.
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