Easy Pillow Covers
Designer: Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction
17×36-1⁄2" rectangle of fabric (pillow)
16"-square pillow form
4-3⁄4×12" rectangle of fabric (optional pocket)
Iron, ironing surface
Water-soluble marking pen
Place large fabric rectangle right side down on ironing surface. Fold over one short edge 1⁄4"; press. The iron is hot. Keep your hands away from the heat. Fold over same short edge 1⁄2"; press (photo 1).
TIP: It helps if a pair of extra hands holds the fabric straight while you press.
Repeat Step 1 with remaining short edge of large fabric rectangle (photo 2).
TIP: Measure width of fold as often as needed to keep the fold even.
Sew along edge of first fold to hem one short edge. Repeat at opposite short edge (photo 3).
TIP: Ask for help setting machine to a low speed. (Most machines have a speed control.) A low speed will give you more control over the machine and help you make a straight and even row of stitches.
Place hemmed rectangle right side up on flat work surface. Referring to Pillow Assembly Diagram, fold over hemmed edges to make a 16×17" rectangle (only wrong side of fabric will show now). Sew through all layers from one folded edge to the other 1⁄2" from cut edges. Backstitch at beginning and end of sewing line to secure stitching. Repeat to sew opposite edge (photo 4).
TIP: Before sewing, mark seam line with water-soluble marking pen. Use the drawn line a a stitching guide.
Working through hemmed but unsewn opening, turn layers right side out to complete pillow cover (photo 5). Press. Insert pillow form through opening in back.
TIP: Push out corners using the eraser end of a pencil or a chopstick to make sharp corners.
How to Make a Pocket
1. With right side inside, fold 4-3⁄4×12" fabric rectangle in half to make a 4-3⁄4×6" rectangle.
2. Using 1⁄2" seams, sew along two long edges and open short edge, leaving a 3" opening along one long edge for turning.
3. Turn right side out through opening; press, folding unsewn opening to the inside to make a pocket.
4. Pin pocket to 17×36-1⁄2" fabric rectangle, 3" from top (long) edge and 13" from right-hand (short) edge. Edgestitch pocket in place, stitching about 1/8" from side and bottom pocket edges.