Envelope Pillow Back Tutorial

19 11 2012

“Full of Thanks” by Once Upon a Vine was a last-minute Autumn decoration.

I’ve mentioned before, that I disregard pattern directions if I can buy a pillow form to fit whatever pillow I’m making.  I don’t sew the pillow form into the pillow, which means I can more easily store just the covers for seasonal items.  I thought I might as well take pictures and do a tutorial for this type of pillow back.

1. Measure the height of the pillow.

2.  Cut a strip from the pillow back fabric as wide as the height of the pillow by the width of the fabric.  (If you get much bigger than a 16″ or 18″ pillow you will need more than the width of the fabric.)

3.  Square off the ends of the strip, removing the selvedge.

4.  Cut the strip in half.  I do this by having the former selvedge ends together and taking a sliver off which includes the fold.

5.  Now there should be two strips that are as wide as the pillow is high, and half the width of the fabric.

6.  Fold the strips in half, right sides together.  What was the selvedge and the center of the original strip should meet.  Align raw edges.

7.  Press fold.  Repeat with the other strip.  Now you have a choice.  You can either just place right sides together and sew all the way around the edges of the pillow, or you can place wrong sides together and bind like a quilt.  The second option is what is shown in my finished pillow, but I’ll show you both.

First I’ll show how to layer to turn the pillow without using a binding.

Option 1 #8 — Lay the pillow top on the work surface, right side up.

Option 1 #9 — Lay one of the backing pieces over the pillow front matching the raw edges as shown above.

Option 1 #10 — Place the second backing piece over both the pillow front and the first backing piece as shown.  Pin the cut edges in place and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around the outside edge.  Turn the pillow through the opening in the back.  Press stitched edges.

Option 2 #8  — Place the pillow front on the work surface wrong side up.

Option 2 # 9 Lay one of the backing pieces over the pillow front matching the raw edges as shown above.

Option 2 #10 Place the second backing piece over both the pillow front and the first backing piece as shown.  Pin the cut edges in place.  I choose to machine baste all the way around the outside edge inside the 1/4″ seam allowance.  Add binding exactly as you would to a quilt.  Turn right side out through the opening in the back.

11.  Now it is time to insert the pillow form into the finished pillow top.

12.  The first side is the easiest.  Shove the pillow form into one side.

13.  Scrunch up the pillow to fit into the other side.  Smooth out the pillow form inside the pillow cover.

14.  This is the view of the pillow back once the pillow form has been smoothed inside the pillow cover.  There is enough of an overlap that the pillow back doesn’t gap and the pillow form doesn’t show.  It is easy to remove the pillow form for cleaning or storage.

 

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19 11 2012
Sandra

Beautiful! and fun to see what you are doing!




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