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How To Sew A Throw Pillow Cover In 10 Easy Steps

February 1, 2008 by An ela

I a!"it, I ten! to #han e "y "in! $re%uently& 'y husban! woul! #all it $i#(le& I )ust #all it *ever evolvin !esi n tastes&+ ,hatever you #all it, it "eans that I really love !e#or that has built in $le-ibility su#h as pillow #overs that #an be re"ove!, washe!, or #han e!& The best thin about pillow #overs is that they are so easy to "a(e& Here.s how I "a(e a #otta e/style throw pillow #over in 10 easy steps& Supplies 0ou will nee!1

A yar! an! a %uarter 21 1345 o$ 467 $abri#, or a yar! 215 o$ 667 $abri# Two an! a hal$ 22 1325 yar!s o$ tri" A !rin(in lass an! pen#il A sewin "a#hine, iron, ironin sur$a#e, pins, s#issors an! threa! 8ptionally, you "ay want a rotary #utter an! "at $or #uttin your $abri#&

Step 1 Cut your $abri# into three pie#es& For the $ront o$ the pillow, you will nee! one s%uare 217 - 217& For the ba#(, you will nee! two re#tan les, 197 - 217 ea#h& Note: Measurements given are for a 20 square pillow. The formula for other sizes is at the end of the article.

Step 2 To ease sewin an! turnin , we will roun! the #orners o$ our pillow #over sli htly& Tra#e a lass with a pen#il on the wron si!e o$ your $abri#& 'ar( all $our #orners o$ the s%uare pie#e o$ $abri# an! two #orners on one lon e! e $or ea#h re#tan le 2see the pi#ture at Step 45&

Step 3 Cut alon the pen#il lines& To save ti"e, I o$ten !ouble/up #orners an! #ut two at on#e&

Step 4 To prevent $rayin but also avoi! bul( at the sea"s, we will $inish our raw e! es usin a :i /:a stit#h or an overlon stit#h i$ you have one& Finish all e! es e-#ept the strai ht e! e on ea#h re#tan le&

Step 5 Sin#e the strai ht e! es o$ the re#tan les will be e-pose!, we.ll use a "ore polishe! he"& Fol! about 1347 ; 9387 o$ the e! e over twi#e to #o"pletely en#ase the raw e! e an! stit#h it !own with a strai ht stit#h&

Step 6 <e-t we will pin in our tri"& 8n the right si!e o$ the s%uare pie#e o$ $abri#, start at the botto" o$ the pillow an! #are$ully pin your tri", "a(in sure the sewin ban! is to the outside an! the tri" to show is towar! the inside o$ the s%uare& Pin $re%uently, "a(in sure not to stret#h the tri"& It shoul! not have any ti htness to it, or the pillow will pu#(er on the e! es& =utt the en!s to ether so the tri" appears #ontinuous, a!)ustin the len th as ne#essary&

Step 7 <e-t, we.ll pin the entire pillow #over to ether in preparation $or sewin & Pla#e one o$ the re#tan ular pie#es $a#e !own, roun!e! #orners to the outsi!e as shown& >ine the #orners up an! pin #are$ully, a ain, "a(in sure not to stret#h the $abri# or tri"&

Step 8 ,hen the $irst re#tan le is #o"pletely pinne!, pla#e the se#on! re#tan le, $a#e !own, on the other hal$ o$ the pro)e#t& The he""e! strai ht e! es will overlap& A ain, be innin with the #orners, pin the re#tan le !own #are$ully, "a(in sure to re"ove any pins that "i ht hi!e un!er the overlappin $abri# an! #ause proble"s when sewin &

Step 9 Sew all aroun! the pillow, usin a sea" allowan#e that "at#hes the sewin ban! on the tri"& For e-a"ple, the sewin strip on "y po"/po" tri" was 6387 wi!e, so I use! a 6387 sea" allowan#e& For very bul(y tri"s or pipin that are #lose to the sea", you "ay nee! to use a :ipper $oot, but $or $lat tri"s su#h as $rin e, or tri"s that han away $ro" the e! e, your re ular presser $oot "i ht wor( $ine& I$ in !oubt, sew a test usin s#raps o$ tri" an! $abri# until you are #o"$ortable with how the "aterial will run throu h your "a#hine& Finally, make sure to remove pins before you sew any given section of fabric@ Sewin over pins #an brea( your nee!le or even !a"a e your "a#hine& I usually pull the pins out o$ the 17/27 ri ht be$ore the presser $oot an! sew in s"all se#tions&

Step 10 0ou.re al"ost !one@ 0our pro)e#t shoul! now loo( li(e this& <e-t, turn the pro)e#t insi!e out an! press& Then, all you have to !o is stu$$ the new #over with your pillow $or"&

Stu$$in the pillow $or" into the #over is easy, )ust li(e you woul! put a pillow sha" on a be! pillow& S"oosh it aroun! an! sha(e the #orners until it loo(s ri ht, an! then, you.re !one@

Aoila@ 8ne #ute #otta e style pillow #over& <ow that you (now this si"ple tri#(, you #an #han e all the pillows in your house whenever the "oo! stri(es& I$ you.re li(e "e, that will be o$ten@