EASY and FAST Pillow Cover * Sewing 101

Hello friends! I have a quick tutorial today if you are like me and love to have lots of pillows around to change up the look...

how to sew a pillow cover


Hello friends! I have a quick tutorial today if you are like me and love to have lots of pillows around to change up the look...

This weekend was like many around here with running around doing errands and projects. We started out on Saturday morning going out to breakfast at our favorite local restaurant. The kind where everyone knows your name and you are friends with all of the servers.


After breakfast I dragged my husband along to a neighborhood~wide garage sale that is held 2x a year. Since I'm not really looking to collect anything else and I don't need baby items or used clothing or shoes {yep, it was that bad!} after stopping at about 20 homes I was empty handed and so was the truck:~{ We then went off to the grocery store to stock up on some weekend goodies, like wine and these pretty birthday week flowers.


pink hydrangeas in mason jars

But then I saw something and said "honey, hit the brakes"! I spotted this out of the corner of my eye and it was at a small garage sale that was in another neighborhood all together just steps from the grocery...


french settee

A vintage settee, that isn't an antique...but probably from the 60's with the upholstery ripped off and waiting for restoration. The seller was asking $50, but I got it for $35 and honestly I don't think that she had much traffic that day so was happy to take the cash and I was happy to take it off her hands...

I plan on recovering and painting, and this is my muse...

shabbyfufu french style decorating
Via
pillow cover sewing lesson

I sew and like many of you I'm self-taught and learned before the days of YouTube or blogs by lots of trial and error. Over the the years I've made draperies, pillows, clothing and even my kiddos nursery quilts and all of that baby stuff...so it's been a lot of time on the sewing machine... 


I'm an admitted impatient person and it spills over into sewing and this is the EASIEST WAY EVER to create pillow slips quickly...


I have made MANY this way and you can be a super lazy "sewer" (or if you don't have a machine) and use iron-on adhesive tape instead! The machine is of course better, so that's what I will focus on today...


french seam sewing

I made two with this Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture linen fabric and used 20" square feather and down stuffers from Amazon...


For each pillow slip I cut a piece of fabric with my gold scissors about 48" long by 22" wide. Place the fabric FACE DOWN and turn about 1/4" over and then over again on each of the SHORT SIDES. Iron in place and stitch closed. This will make for no fraying and I prefer to do this rather than use my serger for a neater look...


how to sew a french seam

With your fabric FACING DOWN, turn over one SHORT END up about 12". Then turn over the other SHORT END (that is on the opposite side) over about 16" to OVERLAP the bottom piece. This forms sort of an envelope with the long sides being raw open edges for now...

Pin the envelope together and then sew your LONG ENDS closed. Your fabric is FACING UP while you are doing this, with the PRINTED SIDES FACING UP...


free sewing lesson

It's going to look like the photo below when you've sewn down the two long sides...


Remove the pins and turn the pillow cover INSIDE OUT and iron. Sew the LONG SIDES once again with about 1/2" edge. Be sure to sew around the seam that you've sewn before on the long side, keeping in mind that you are going to be turning the pillow RIGHT SIDE OUT when you finish. This is called creating a French Seam and it keeps the pillow cover from fraying when you take it off to wash...

french seam


sewing seams

I hope that this makes sense, but when you are finished and turn the pillow cover RIGHT SIDE OUT, you will see! It looks so professional and you don't have to be a stickler for your measurements...so don't worry:~}


shabby chic couture pillows

Very easy...and if you haven't tried this method before you'll wonder why! If you have any questions I'll try to help, just email me or leave a comment with a way to reach you...

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My pillows are on the living room sofa for now and I hope to get the fabric that I ordered for the settee soon. Enjoy your week ahead!
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