Busy men and women who love to create yet must contend with the responsibilities of family, home, and career find it tough to carve out a bit of time just to make something. So I'm starting a blog category titled "I Need to Make Something," These projects will be simple, can be made in an afternoon, or one section at a time over several evenings. With a basic knowledge of machine sewing, each project should be easy enough while teaching you a new technique, or a way to work with various notions. You might find the projects to be those worth repeating for creating gifts, seasonal decor, or teaching friends and family about the joys of sewing.
Our first project will be to create a throw pillow covering with piped edges. The pillow case has a pocket opening in the back for insertion or removal of a pillow form. I've honed these directions by making four of these pillows. My inspiration came from all those irresistible holiday fabrics that call my name while shopping, yet I struggle to find good uses for my selections. Why not make a pillow cover for each holiday that your family celebrates?
I found a patriotic fabric at JoAnn earlier this year and bought it. (Sometimes you have to grab a yard or two when you find it or else it's gone when you're ready to buy.) So that's what I'll be using in this tutorial.
My pillow is 14 x 14 inches. Directions for the case will be given for this pillow size. You can adapt this pattern to fit various sizes by measuring and cutting fabric to 1 1/2 inches more than your pillow form.
You will need:
One 14 x 14 inch pillow form
One-half yard of fabric
One package of coordinating bias tape maxi piping, 2.5 yards long and .5 inches wide
A rotary cutter and mat, or fabric scissors
One button, one inch in diameter
A zipper foot
A piping, cording, or pintuck foot (optional)
A buttonhole foot
A button sew-on foot (optional)
Binder clips or pins