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How to make a pillow case or cushion cover for a V-shaped pillow.

Posted by Tabatha T. from Hull, England, United Kingdom • Published
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  • How to make a shaped cushion. Making A V Shaped Pillow Cover - Step 1
    Step 1

    First of all, open your fabric out to single layer, then fold cross-grain just enough that you can cut two pillowcases. Don’t forget to add seam allowance!

    My fabric was kindly provided by Dalston Mill - love the bees!

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Making A V Shaped Pillow Cover - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next, cut around your pillowcase as a template, again, remembering to add on the seam allowances, otherwise it will be too small! If you have pinking shears, you could cut with these so that you don’t need to finish the raw edges later.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Making A V Shaped Pillow Cover - Step 3
    Step 3

    One of the ends needs to be longer than the other, so that it can fold back in on itself. This is the bit that you tuck over the end of the pillow when you put the case on.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Making A V Shaped Pillow Cover - Step 4
    Step 4

    Finish the raw edges of the long end and the short end by sewing a narrow hem.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Making A V Shaped Pillow Cover - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place the pieces right sides together. Fold the enveloping longer piece back against itself, wrong sides together, so that the folded edge is level with the finished edge of the shorter piece.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Making A V Shaped Pillow Cover - Step 6
    Step 6

    If you are skipping the pompom trim, you can go ahead and sew the seam. Starting at the open end (which will have three layers of fabric), sew all the way around the V until you come around to the other side of the open end. Finish the raw edges to prevent them from fraying (unless you cut the fabric with pinking shears).

    If you are adding a pompom trim, insert this between the two pieces of fabric, having the raw edges even, and pompoms facing away from the raw edges, towards the middle. Carefully pin or clip in place, then sew as detailed above. I used a zipper foot for this, to help me pass by the pompoms.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Making A V Shaped Pillow Cover - Step 7
    Step 7

    At the corners of the closed end, you may need to snip into the pompom trim to help turn the corner neatly.

  • How to make a shaped cushion. Making A V Shaped Pillow Cover - Step 8
    Step 8

    Turn your pillow case the right way out, check your pompoms are positioned how you would like, and hey, presto! You have a lovely, handmade slip-cover for your pillow!

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