Monday, August 11, 2014

How To Make A Removable Decorative Pillow Cover?

Rhianna's Studio Black and White DIY Pillow Cover
Hello Loves!
Not all the pillows on the bed are for sleeping! Today I show you how to make a removable decorative pillow cover with zipper closure.
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If you are making multiple pillows making, a pattern helps with time and amount of work. For a 26x26 Euro Pillow Form you want to make a squared pattern that is 27x27. This includes .5" of seam allowance all around. If you sew at a different seam allowance then you will want to add that number times two to the dimensions of your pillows. Here is my calculation: .5 x 2 =1 ; 26 + 1 = 27
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Required Tools:
  • Chalk Pencil
  • Scissors 
  • Fabric
  • Zipper
  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger (optional)
Here is how to sew the pillow using a zipper as the closure:
Rhianna's Studio DIY Flat Pattern for Euro Pillow Cover with Zipper
Step 1: Lay out your fabric and cut two of the 27x27 pattern you created

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover Flat Pattern
Step 2: Mark start and stop points of zipper based on it's length (I used a 22" zipper) you will need to do the following calculation: length of the fabric where placing zipper - the length of the zipper then divide by two. (Here is my calculation: 27-22 = 5/2=2.5) So I measure up 2.5 from each edge and make a mark on both sides of the fabric (right and wrong) and for the front and back.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow cover


Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 3: Pin the squares together aligning markings and sew from edge to first marking at normal stitch length (I use 2.5) then bast stitch (increased stitch length) down to the next marking (I use 4.5) then stitch at normal stitch length to the edge of the fabric. Press the seam open. 
Rhianna's Studio Pillow Cover - DIY Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 4: Align zipper teeth in the center of the seam. Be sure to align the zipper tape within the markings and  pin down.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 5: Using a zipper foot, stitch the zipper close to the teeth attaching it to the seam allowance.  Close zipper and repeat for the other side.* When stitching the other side be sure to have the zipper pull tab facing up*

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 6: Seam rip the basting stitches from the front side of the seam.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover


Step 7: Unzip and top stitch a rectangle around the zipper

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 8: Pin the other three sides of the fabric squares together and  stitch. *Be sure to leave the zipper unzipped some so you can turn the pillow cover right side out.*

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 9: Snip corners.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 10: Serge all exposed seam allowances. *Can use pinking shears or zigzag stitch or cover stitch on sewing machine*

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 11: Fold corners then turn on right side (excuse my dry hands LOL!)

Rhianna's Studio DIY Pillow Cover
Step 12: Press Pillow Cover and insert the pillow form. Then zip the pillow cover closed.

THE END!

I hope this tutorial is helpful! 
Up next I'll share with you my bedroom makeover process! See you tomorrow!


Thank you for reading!
~xoxo Rhianna's Studio






5 comments:

Bonita Nance said...

What types of material do you suggest using for the cover? What types of material do you feel will not be appropriate?
thanks
Bonita

Deirdra Rhianna said...

Hi Bonita Nance! Really you can use any type of material you like including knits; however I do not recommend using a knit b/c it doesn't hold shape as well as a woven fabric. I personally prefer cotton when it comes to bedding materials. A cotton/poly blend is good also. Quilter fabrics can be used in place of upholstery fabrics. I love cotton duck fabric for pillow covers because it is so sturdy. I would stay away from sheer materials for sure when doing pillow covers. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

Kely Sews said...

Love this! I will have to try this soon

Deirdra Rhianna said...

Awesome! I can't wait to see the finished product!

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