Zipperless Pillow Cases in Under an Hour
I get it: People will do anything to avoid installing a zipper on a sewing project. After going to seamstress school and many years of practice, zippers don't intimidate me but this post is for all of you zipper haters.
I almost never buy throw pillow covers because I can never find any in exactly the right fabric. Making them really easy and fast.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Your fabric of choice
- Oaktag (or some other stiff paper)
- Your thread color of choice
- A quilter's ruler (or regular ruler or square)
- A fabric pencil
HOW TO DO IT
Add one inch to the the measurement of your pillow insert. In this case I'm using a 20" by 20" pillow so the case I want is 21" by 21" to give the case a 1/2" seam allowance (how far in you sew from the edge of the pattern).
First draw out your square (or rectangle) on your paper and cut the paper to that size. Then find the measurement that is two thirds (in this case it's at 14") of the way across and draw a dotted line down the pattern. This will be your back pieces.
Lay the paper on your fabric so that one of the edges is with the grain (the weave) of the fabric. Draw around the paper Cut out one piece of fabric that is the full size of the paper and then fold the paper at the two thirds mark and cut two pieces in that size.
Overlock the edges of the three pieces. If you have an overlocker, fantastic. If you don't, most sewing machines have some sort of locking stitch for edges. Then fold over one of the long edges of each of the smaller pieces to 1/2" and iron or pin it. Sew the fold so that the edge is finished.
Place the large piece of fabric good side up on a flat surface. Lay one of the smaller pieces with the bad side up so that the overlocked edges line up with the good piece and the finished edge is somewhere about two thirds of the way across the bottom piece of fabric. Lay the second piece of fabric on the other side (bad side up) with the overlocked edges matching and the finished edge overlapping the other smaller piece. Pin everything together.
Double check that all your pieces are wrong side out and that all your edges line up. Sew everything at a 1/2" in from the edge. I recommend ironing your seams open before turning it right side out but it don't need to do this. Once you turn it right side out, stuff your pillow insert inside and that's it!
I'd love to hear how long it takes folks to do this. It usually takes me about a half an hour or less if I already have the pattern.