Some of you have asked about the Pillow Covers I made a few weeks ago.
I always find it such a rip-off that the pillow covers are 3 times more than the down inserts. I got each of my inserts for $12 or less at Pottery Barn Outlet. No way I‘m going to pay $40-50 per cover, especially if I can’t even find any I love.
So I made them. And besides being much cheaper, I had a greater selection of fabric to choose from.
I put another one together this morning and remembered to snap some pics (not good ones) to show y’all...
- Fabric (I used drapes. All under $25 and 1 makes 3 or more covers.)
- Zippers (Large enough to stuff your pillow in to.)
- Basic Sewing Supplies
1. Measure your pillow insert edge to edge and cut 2 pieces of fabric accordingly. This pillow is 16”x12” so I cut two 18”x14” rectangles.
2. Open the zipper, center it on the bottom edge of one of the rectangles, and pin it on. The RIGHT sides of the fabric and zipper should be facing each other.
3. Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper on with a straight stitch, as close to the teeth as possible, but not on them. Sew a second zig-zag stitch for extra strength.
*Start with the zipper unzipped. Then when you get to the zipper pull - stop, lift the foot, pull the zipper closed and finish sewing.
4. Match up the right sides of both rectangles and pin the other side of the zipper to the bottom edge of the other rectangle. Again, with the RIGHT sides of the zipper and fabric facing. Repeat step #3 to sew it on.
5. Half-way close the zipper. Match up the corners and edges of the rectangles with RIGHT sides facing, and pin.
6. Still using the zipper foot, sew the bottom edge first on either side of the zipper.
Start at one end with about a 5/8” seam. Go just past the edge of the zipper, then turn and sew over the zipper, all the way to the edge.
Sorry again for these horrible pics, but if you look closely you can see the seam. Repeat this on the other side of the bottom edge.
7. Change to a regular foot. At this point, compare the size of the unfinished cover to the pillow insert. Match the zipper to the bottom edge of the pillow, and pull the sides and top up to the pillow edges to determine how much of a seam allowance to use on the 3 remaining edges.
For this one I used about 1” on the sides and a little more on the top. It will vary based on your pillow size and how much you allow for the zippered edge.
Sew the sides first, then the top.
8. Trim the edges, turn the cover right-side out, and stuff in the pillow.
Of course you could get creative and make these with piped edges, use contrasting fabrics for the front and back, add a flap and buttons to the front to make it look like a button-on cover, or add an applique like I did for one of our accent pillows.
Considering how quick and easy this project was, I will never buy another cover again :)