Here’s a wonderfully simple way to make a pillow. With no zipper, ties, or buttons, it’s basically just a front and two back pieces that overlap at the back to make an envelope. With only four straight seams, a pillow cover can be made in under an hour. If you are a complete beginner, this project, made in Butterfly Dance in Brick, is ideal for you, so try making a few in different fabrics to perfect the technique.
YOU WILL NEED
Decorator fabric—see below for
Matching sewing thread
Measure the pillow form. For the front piece, allow 5⁄8in (1.5cm) all
around for seams. For the two back pieces, allow for each to be the
same depth as the front piece, and a width equal to half the width of
the pillow form plus 5in (13cm).
If you like your pillows to be very plump, with very taut covers, simply cut the pieces slightly smaller.
Excerpted with permission from A Beginner's Guide to Making Curtains, Shades, Pillows, Cushions, and More: 50 step-by-step projects, plus practical advice on hanging curtains, choosing fabric, and measuring up.