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Basic Pillow Cover
* w = pillow width; l = pillow length
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2 Determine how much fabric you'll need, then hop over to your favorite fabric store, and hunt down the perfect fabric for your pillow covers. Color, texture, pattern, and fabric weight are all factors you should keep in mind as you shop. Buy a little more than you think you need, to accommodate for mismeasuring and spaz attacks.
3 Wash the fabric to pre-shrink, then cut to size.
4 Finish the short sides of the fabric by folding the frayed edge over 1/4", then folding the fabric again (approximately another 3/4"). Sew with a straight stitch.
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5 Place the fabric on a flat surface such that the outside of the fabric is showing. Fold the fabric as pictured below (fig. 4). It doesn't really matter where exactly you make the folds, although I like to have the first fold larger than the second, so that the cover opening will be near the bottom of the pillow. The important thing is to make sure that the distance between folds is exactly the same as the length of the pillow.
Velcro-Closure Pillow Cover
steps 1-4 for the simple pillow cover.
3 Mark the placement for the second velcro strip using a colored pencil. Sew the strip securely into place, using a straight stitch to go around the edges:
4 Fasten the velcro strips together, then flip the fabric inside-out. Proceed to sew the edges, as instructed in steps 6-8 of the basic pillow cover instructions.
Button-Closure Pillow Cover
pulled the thread through, your needle should now be coming out the
front of the fabric. Insert the needle back through the fabric, going
front to back this time. Now here's the important part: as you bring
your needle through the fabric, you'll want to make sure that it goes
THROUGH the looped part of the thread, as pictured in figure
4 Got it? Good. Now continue using this same stitching pattern until you've gone all the way around the perimeter of the button hole.