My sister commissioned me to make pillowcases for her throw pillows. I told her I’m not exactly a whiz on the sewing machine, but she was willing to take the risk with $7.99 worth of fabric and my limited skills. How hard can it be, right? The tutorial on about.com made it look like a cinch, and you know what, it really was.
|Ikea fabric laid out. A little trippy, right?|
The article on about.com is pretty clear, but I had to make some adjustments and distinctions.
You will need
Cloth ( $7.99 from Ikea)
Thread: ($2.00 at my local shop)
1. Cut out your fabric. They have an easy chart for pillow sizes, but it didn’t have the 20” pillow listed. I used my amazing math skills to figure out that if I’m adding 2” to the width, I needed to add 4” to the length. So for a 20” pillow, you’ll need a cloth that measures 20” by 44” (as the author notes, the lack of seam allowance is intentional so you don’t have a saggy pillowcase)
|Fabric cut to size.|
2. Measure in from the long sides 12” and mark it on the wrong side of the fabric (this is where you’ll be folding the ends later).
3. Press a ¼ “ seam on each of the long sides. The easiest way I found to do this is to draw a line in pencil on the right side of the fabric, then just folding it and ironing it at the same time. I started by pinning it, but it was unnecessary. Then fold it over again, press it, and sew it. These are the hems at the opening of the pocket.
|Really, just marked and press.|
4. Fold the pillow ends in where you marked it earlier, with the wrong side facing out. Pin it in place.
5. Sew a seam ½ “ in from the edge on both sides. Then use a seam finishing stitch like a zigzag very close to the edge of the fabric to keep the fabric from fraying.
|This is to show what the finishing stitch looks like.|
6. Turn it inside out and voila! Done.
|Front and back shot.|
I was very pleased with how it came out, and all in all I only worked on it for about 2 hours. The 2 hours of work took me a whole day due to unforeseen complications like power outages and having the wrong thread, but hands on time was 2 hours.
$9.99 for 2 pillowcases, or $4.99 each
There’s a big range, but $24.00 to $54.00 per cover seems to be the basic range on Amazon.
Try It! It was simple and quick, and would be a cheap way to add a little pizzazz into your living room. Now that I know just how simple and cheap, I’ll have to make some for the brown microfiber hideousness that are my own throw pillows!