I love participating in the monthly Crafty Destash Blog Hop every month. Each month we share a project we create from items we already have on hand. We can spend up to $10 if we need supplies to finish the project. And the projects are amazing. Since this is the holiday season I decided to sew a new pillow cover for Christmas.
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Last year around this time I went shopping for napkins to make pillows. I ended up making one from a placemat attached to a readymade pillow cover. So for a year 8 napkins and 2 tea towels sat in my closet waiting for their turn to become something special for the holidays.
One of the tea towels got its chance. Next year I’ll make something with the napkins. I already have a plan.
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I made this in an afternoon, it was easy peasy as they say. Now I will say I have a stash of pillow inserts. I found one that worked the towel. It is a gorgeous Kate Spade design. I love my Christmas red and green but this design appealed to me because of the colors besides red and green.
I figured out which insert was the right size and started on the project. You should wash and iron it before starting the sewing. Once the placement was determined the material was cut in half.
When I make pillow covers I prefer to sew in a zipper. Now don’t panic, it really isn’t hard. I use the longest stitch on the sewing machine and sew a seam where the zipper will go. Iron the seam open.
Pin the zipper to the seam, lining up the zipper with the seam. Use the zipper foot and sew along one side and then the other. Either pull the thread gently to open up the seam or use a seam ripper. Open the zipper a bit so you can flip the cover to the right side after you sew the seams.
Keeping the right sides together, you can sew the other 3 sides. My pillow insert was a bit smaller than the towel. I just placed the insert on the fabric to get an idea of the seam allowance and placement of Noel. After I figured that out I pinned it and sewed the seams. Before I trimmed the excess fabric I turned it right side out and put the insert. If it fits good job. Otherwise adjust by sewing more or using the seam ripper and letting out the material to resew.
I was lucky because I followed where I pinned it and it fit. Trim the excess material and press open the seams. Turn the pillow cover to the right side. Slip the pillow insert in the cover and you have a new Christmas pillow. Now please be sure to look at all of the other projects these amazing bloggers have created. You will be inspired.
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