Today I thought I would show you a quick tutorial on how I make my pillow covers. I have tried a couple different methods, and for me, this one has always been the most simple.
Pillow covers are a fabulous way to spruce up your room and you can use any old pillow as the form.
You can choose to SEW these covers or you can choose to NOT sew and rather use hem tape. As long as you purchase the heavy duty tape, it will last very well. Here is the hem tape I have used (although I choose to sew my covers since I have a machine). Some people use stitch witch (or something along those lines, but it is the same stuff).
This stuff is really super easy to work with. All it involves is ironing it on both sides of the fabric for a few seconds. The directions are right on the back, but it is really very simple. I used it about five years ago on a curtain for my bathroom vanity, and in five years it never once dreamt of falling apart. You can even wash and dry it!
So, once you have decided whether you are going to sew (it only takes 4 straight lines) or hem tape it, here is what you need:
This was not a well prepared photo, because I didn't need the chalk and I forgot to add in pins and the pillow. Oh and I didn't measure anything. HAHA! What can I say, sometimes I don't have everything all together.
You need fabric (I usually always buy my fabric from fabric.com. They have a HUGE selection of designer fabric, always have coupon codes and also shipping is free over $35 before coupons!), scissors, a measuring tape, pins, a pillow, and either a machine or hem tape.
Let's go peeps!
Step 1) Lay your pillow onto your fabric.
Step 2) Cut your fabric so that it is about 3 inches taller than your pillow and about 1.5 times wider than your pillow. It doesn't have to be exact. You just want it to completely cover your pillow and overlap a bit. I don't like my covers loose at all. You don't want it to look like a pillow case, so make sure you don't make it too large. Plus, your pillow form will inevitably smoosh and compress down a bit, so making it a smidge too tight will be fine in the end.
Step 3) Pin your two vertical edges. I double hem (fold over) mine, but you don't really have to. I am a "quick & dirty" sew-er and I tend to NOT iron my seams and I don't always pin. Frankly, I don't have a lot of time on my hands and I am not looking for these to last forever. This time I did pin, but I didn't iron. Now, if you are using hem tape, you don't need to pin, but obviously you do have to iron.
I don't know why I pinned them vertically and not horizontally. I fixed them for the other side.
Step 4) Sew or hem tape the two edges (sorry, it was evening when I took these).