Pillows make everything pretty and cozy. They can change the way our home feels and looks, but sometimes the most beautiful brands can offer pillowcases that go up to $140. Crazy, isn’t it?
As someone who cares about the environment and fair trade, it is important to not fool myself and buy cheaper home decor just because I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars. However, as someone in her twenties, I still keep in mind my budget. Because of this, I decided to make myself my own pillowcases.
What do I need?
-Fabric of your choice
-Thread and needle or sewing machine.
Spread your fabric and put the pillow over it.
Trace the contour surrounding the pillow and add 1/2 inch or 1 cm for seam allowance. Cut 2 of those pieces.
A quick tip: For better quality, if you’re using a printed fabric, make sure the pattern matches each other.
Measure the contour of one of the pieces you just cut. Now, multiply what you get x2 and cut a strip of that length x 5 inches. This will be the ruffle around it.
I know you probably don’t have enough fabric to cut such a long strip, so you can cut it by parts and then sew it together to create the long strip.
In my case, my pillowcase contour is 70 inches, so the length of the strip I needed to cut is 140 x 5 inches.
Fold the strip in two. Take a needle & some thread and give large stitches to the edge of your folded strip like I did.
Pull the thread until you frown at the fabric like this:
Make sure it measures the same as your contour and when you have it, sew the edges together to make your gather doesn’t move.
Sew the ruffle into one of your sides. Pin it first so it is easier.
To sew the zipper, first, place it over one side of your pillowcase and sew it. Then, pin it on the other side to place it and sew it too.
When you’re done, it will look something like this:
Open the zipper and join the other 3 sides. Place both nice sides of the fabric facing each other.
You can cut the corners carefully, avoiding cutting the seams. This will give a cleaner look to your pillow.
Turn it over and insert your pillow.
You can make this without the ruffles and try it with different fabrics to create different pillows. This tutorial is very versatile, you’ll see!
I hope you like your new pillows!
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