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Easiest Pillow Cover Tutorial and Monthly Silhouette Promo

18 May 2011

I decided to make a little pillow sham this month for the Silhouette promo.  Pillow shams are very easy to make because all you have to do is sew a few straight (or straight-ish) lines and you are done.  So, for those of you that think you can't sew this is the project to give you some confidence that you can...

Sewing Machine
Pillow form (any size)
(Flocked Heat Transfer optional, but way fun!)

The fabric size will depend on your pillow form.  You can do the same fabric for front and back or different fabric, (which I did since this was a "no shopping, use what I have" project!)
2 fat quarters (which are 18" x 22" inches) will work on any pillow form up to about 16x16.

Step 1.  Iron all fabric!!!  Do not skip this step ironing makes every project more professional, and makes sure that things fit properly!  IRON like the life of your pillow depends on it!

 Step 2. The front piece of fabric should be cut to a square 1 inch more than the size of your pillow.  For example if you are using a 16" x 16" inch pillow cut the square to 17" x 17" inches (piece A).

Step 3.  The back piece of fabric needs to measure at minimum 22 inches x 17 (for 16 x 16 pillow!)
Cut it in two pieces at approximately 2/3 so you have a piece about 14.5" inches (Piece B) and the second piece is about 7.5" inches (Piece C)(or this one can be longer... I made mine longer just because I had the fabric!).

Step 4.  You need to finished one 17" long edge of those two pieces.  By folding over 1/2" an inch of fabric and ironing.  Then folding that again over itself to conceal the raw edge, iron again,  (this will make it easier to sew).  Pin if you need to to hold it all in place and sew that fold in place.  In the end you have a piece that looks like this:  See the one finished edge?

Step 5.  Now place your front piece A fabric, good side up on the table.   Place Piece B  Good Side down aligning to one side.  When sewing remember you want good sides together.  You want the folded portion of the edge to be in the center of the pillow.

Step 6.  Overlap Piece C on top of Piece B so that the finished seam is also in the center of the square of fabric.  Like below:

Step 7.  Now pin the corners and edges in place.  You don't need too many pins.  (technically if your fabric isn't slippery and you feel comfortable just holding it you don't need them at all!)

Step 8.  Sew a straight line along each edge.  4 total.

Step 9. Now use the overlapping pocket to flip the pillow right side out.  Be sure to push the corners out completely and press again.

If you want you can be done at this point, just stuff your pillow in through the flap on back.

Since this is my Silhouette project I decided it would be fun to add some words, so I can put it on Etta's bed someday when she moves into her "big girl bed".

Simply type out, cut with your machine and iron on.  This whole project took about an hour.

Now for the Silhouette promo.silhouette america
Do you still need a Silhouette?  If you don't have one, I'd consider it.  
They are pretty darn fun and SO versatile!  Here is the deal this month if you do:

1 Silhouette SD machine
1 package of white flocked heat transfer material
1 package of teal smooth heat transfer material (LOVE THIS COLOR ESPECIALLY!)
1 package of dark pink smooth heat transfer
All for $219!
(this is a savings of 125 dollars!!)

To receive the discount just use the code "Remodel". (offer valid May 17-25)

What fun project would you make with your silhouette machine?


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