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Monday, November 7, 2011

Thanksgiving Pillows

Let the tryptophan kick in!
After gorging on all the turkey, potatoes, and pies, take a nap on a festive pillow! Here's an easy tutorial for a removable pillowcase:

1. Print out a high quality image on photo transfer paper. (Don't forget to mirror image the graphic if there's text! You want it to print out backwards.)

Following the transfer paper instructions, iron the graphic on to the fabric - I used a tea-colored muslin. (Any text will appear the right way once ironed.)
2. Stitch the graphic onto the fabric to secure. I did a tight zigzag stitch - twice, to make it nice and thick.

3. I then figured out how to cut my fabric strips based on the size of my pillow (12" x 17"). My graphic with a muslin border measured 8" x 11". I then cut the patterned fabric to fill out the rest of the front side, adding 1/4" to each side of the strip for a seam allowance.

I then attached the strips to the muslin log cabin-style. This is where my 1/4" foot came in handy! If you don't have one, feel free to use a fabric pen/chalk to make sure you keep a straight and even allowance.
4. The Backing: I cut two pieces of the patterned fabric the height of the pillow (+1/4" seam allowance on all sides) and about 2/3 of the width. On one end of each piece, I stitched a 1/2" hem to hide the raw edges.
5. This part is optional. I wanted to add some piping along the outside of the pillow with some cotton cording and a coordinating fabric. To make the piping, cut a strip of fabric enough to fold over the cording with about 1/2 inch of fabric to spare. Using a zipper foot, stitch right up along side the cording.
6. On a flat surface, lay the pillowcase front right side up. If using piping, lay the piping on top, matching the raw edge to the case front. Right sides down, lay the two backing pieces on top. Pin in place to make sure the piping doesn't move on you. Stitch as close to the piping as you can. Take your time around the corners - they can be tricky! Stitch all the way around.

7. Turn the case right-side out and stuff with your pillow! (If you didn't use piping, make sure to trim your corners to the stitching so once you flip, you'll have nice pointy corners.)

1 comment:

  1. SOOOO cute.. what a great lovely idea... Would OVE for you to share this via my thanksgiving craft party pweease.. TY