You survived! I knew you could do it! You waited a full day after reading about the Easy Pocket Pillow to get this exciting instructional post. Did you find a good book to read? You know, to get your mind off the anticipation of this tutorial? (Wink, wink.)
The buttons on this pillow are part of the stash of Vintage Buttons PAM (Painter Artist Mom) shared with me. Thank you again, PAM! This one is a little more contemporary-styled than my Southern traditional decor, but it’s OK to mix things together a little. Or, I could give it away or something.
The squares of fabric under the buttons are from a stack of pre-cut squares I bought at Pine Needles (click the name to go there, y’all, but not yet, OK?), the fabric and quilt shop at Gardner Village, where I spent hours and PAM and I were overwhelmed with new ideas.
If you live near Salt Lake, you’ll want to check out the Knit*Sew*Create workshop (listed on their site’s front page) the last weekend of April. Oh, how I wish I lived closer!
OK, you’ve waited long enough for the tutorial. Here’s where we start. Cut a strip of fabric 1″ wider than your pillow you’ll be using as a filler. (You can review making your own pillow forms HERE.)
Your length should be twice your pillow height measurement plus the overlap. I decided to make my overlap 7″. You can make yours whatever you decide. Now is the time to turn under the fabric along the overlap edge and stitch (or bond) it if you’re not leaving the selvage exposed.
Go ahead and zig-zag or serge the cut edge at the opposite end from the overlap flap. For no-sew, fold that edge down and bond it so it won’t fray.
If you’re using a fabric with front and back sides (unlike burlap, which is easy ’cause both sides are identical), lay fabric face up and fold over the overlap amount. Then fold the other end on top of the first fold, to 1/2″-3/4″ from the flap folded edge.
I wedged the final fold back for the picture so you can see the flap under there.
Sew (or bond, for no-sew) the folded layers together at both side edges. If you’re not using a serger, you’ll want to zig-zag your seam edges after you sew the seams. (The no-sew bond will keep the edges from fraying if you’re using that method.)
Invert the pillow cover.
Before you invert the overlap flap, it’ll look like this.
After you turn the overlap flap, it will look like this. Your pillow will be inserted inside that pocket in there. See it?
So sorry about the blurry picture, y’all. Did I mention I dropped my camera?
A helpful sister-friend with the same type of camera came by yesterday to let me try her lens on my camera, just to see if the problem is my lens only or the camera and the lens. Yay, it’s only the lens! Until I get a new one (here I come Ebay!), I’m limping along with the imperfect lens and my phone camera, doing the best I can.
‘Cause that’s what I do in The Land of Making Do. 🙂 I wonder – do you ever get tired of me saying that?
OK, back to the pocket pillow cover. Sew your chosen embellishments along the flap edge. The buttons are for adornment only. The flap stays in place on its own, no attachment necessary.
If you want something decorative on the face of the pillow or along the upper edge of the flap, you should probably attach it before stitching the pocket pillow together. Love all this shabby stuff!
This pillow picture was taken at Gardner Village but not at the quilt shop. I’ve decided to post about Gardner Village tomorrow – a full reporting of the shop inspirations. I’d included a lot of that in this post, but it got way too long. Besides, we’ve got to have something to look forward to for tomorrow, right?
This pocket pillow is my new favorite way to sew pillows. I wish I’d thought of this years earlier! Surely other people have been making pillows this way – I just didn’t know about it. With the traditional fringed and corded pillows in my history, this method was impossible. Lucky for me, fringe-less and cord-less pillows are suddenly all the rage!
Have fun creating your pocket pillows and enjoying the results. I appreciate our time together very much. Y’all are a blessing, that’s for sure.
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