On topic for today: pillows. Those miraculous fluffy things that pull you in and whisk you off to dream land. Besides being overly comfy, I've noticed that they are also overly expensive. And these two kids starting off don't have a spare $40-$50 to throw down on a large Euro pillow. So I decided that instead of purchasing one that is the same color/pattern for the rest of its life, why not get a pillow form and make an envelope (like a sham) cover that I can switch out whenever I want? Exactly.
What I bought:
- 1 package of welting (it came in a 12 yd package)
- 1 pillow form (I chose a Euro Square pillow, 24"x24")
- As always, I would so much rather buy extra fabric and end up not needing versus running to the store mid-project. I bought 2 yds, but I totally could have done with 1 1/2 yds, maybe even just 1 yd. This will vary depending on the size of pillow you're covering, so do some math first!
I decided for the envelope portion I wanted a fairly large overlap; I didn't want any chance of the stuffing poking out at all. I cut out two pieces of fabric the same size, 25"x15", again allowing 1/2" seam allowances on each side. These two pieces will end up being the "envelope" portion of the pillow, with a whopping 4" overlap. I didn't want to see any piece of that pillow poking out, no matter what!
Do the exact same thing with the other envelope piece on the bottom edge of the front cover. The next step is more optional, but I like doing this since it gives the piece a more "finished" look. You'll only ever see it if you're digging around on the inside of the cover, but it makes me feel like a real seamstress! I decided to do an overlock stitch along ALL of my raw edges on the inside. This helps to prevent fraying and give the edge a finished look. This stitch is #16 or #17 on my machine, but whichever it is, you'll want the point of the triangle to be on the edge side of your material. When doing this stitch, use your standard presser foot, and leave a small gap between the raw edge of the material and the edge of the presser foot, like so. That space will allow for the machine to "lock" the very edge of your material from fraying.