Step-by-step guide to making a simple pillow cover
Heres your simple pillow cover how-to.
The Beginners Guide to Cricut 2 shows you how to use iron-on vinyl on a plain pillow cover.
If you don’t have a plain pillow cover lying around just waiting for you to transform, this step-by-step guide shows you how to make one.
Once you have your pillow cover you can head back to the iron-on vinyl tutorial and transform your cover into a thing of beauty.
You’ll also have that lovely warm feeling that comes from knowing this is all your own work.
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Step 1 – Prepare your paper pattern and cut the fabric
Start by choosing a fabric that is plain, or has texture but no design. That’s because you’re going to be adding your own design using iron-on vinyl.
You will need to make a paper pattern. To do that, measure the pillow pad to determine the size of your finished cover.
Using your finished cover size as your start point, for the front of the pillow, add 3/4″ seam allowance to the finished pillow measurement, all the way around. Now cut your paper pattern for the front of your cover.
To ensure that the pillow’s closure overlaps, and doesn’t gape, you will cut two fabric pieces for the pillow’s back.
To make the first back panel (the top of the fold).
Using the paper pattern for the front as your guide- fold the pattern piece in half and add a further 1½” turning allowance to the fabric’s centre edge.
Cut your paper pattern for the top fold.
To make the second back panel (the bottom of the fold).
For the second back panel, use the pattern you made for the first panel, adding an extra 6″ to make the lower section. This measurement includes your turning allowance.
When you have your paper pattern pieces, you’re ready to use them to cut your fabric.
And remember – measure twice, cut once.
Step 2 – Neaten the edges of your fabric
Neaten the edges of all three panels by sewing around the edge using a zigzag stitch. See left hand picture.
As you can see from the picture on the left, the fabric I used is prone to fraying. The zigzag stitching helps stop the fabric fraying.
Step 3 – Sew the leading edge of the back panels
Starting with the back panels of your pillow, fold 3/4″ turning allowance, twice along the envelope edge and machine stitch. Use a hot iron or your Cricut Heat Press to flatten the folds if it’s to hand.
Step 4 – Stitch the panels together
Now you’re ready to stitch the panels of your pillow cover together.
Start by placing the front panel face up on your work surface. Now lay the upper section of your back cover face down on the front panel. Match up the outer edges.
Place the lower section of the back cover face down on top of the other panel, again matching the outer edges. See the picture above.
Pin and then tack the panels in place.
Step 5 – Machine stitch your pillow cover
Having tacked the panels together, you’re ready to sew the outer seams of your cover.
Machine all round the outer edges of you pillow, leaving a 3/4″ seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance at the corners. When you trim the corners, you make a neater finished cover by cutting across the corner without cutting the stitching.
Press the seams open and then turn your cover the right side out.
And your pillow cover is ready to add your design
Now that your pillow cover is finished, you’re ready to add your design.
Click on the post title below to take you to the tutorial on working with iron-on vinyl.
You’re now going to turn your beautiful, but plain pillow covers into something special.