Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas Pillow with Envelope Tutorial

Only I would wake up at 6 a.m. (the day after doing a craft fair) on a perfectly good Sunday morning for sleeping in to make toss-pillow covers in Christmas fabric. Listening to Christmas music all day yesterday must have gotten me into the spirit - after I publish this post, I'm going to get out my Santa collection and redo my mantle for the holidays!

So, back to the pillows. I used two different Debbie Mumm fabrics. My daughter will enjoy the rustic scenes - skiing bears, ice skating owls, and snow-ball throwing squirrels. Very cute.

Here's a picture of the front.

Here's a picture of the back.

To make, cut one panel 21"W x 21"H (this fits a 20"x20" pillow). If you have a different sized pillow, just add a half inch on each side. This panel is the front. Set aside.

Next, cut a panel 24"W x 21"H. Then, cut the width at the 15" mark. Now you have two panels for the back - one that is 15"W x 21"H and one that is 9"W x 21"H.

Next, iron the back panels along one of the longest edge. First, iron 1/4"and then iron another 1/2" for a finished hem.

Next, put the front panel right side up on a flat surface. Put the larger of the back panels down on top of the front panel.  Right sides should face and the hemmed edge go in the center.

Then, put the smaller of the two back panels right side facing the front panel's right side. The smaller back panel should overlap the larger back panel.

Pin the edges in place. Sew 1/2" seam around all four edges.

Finally, turn the pillow cover right sides out. 

A large knitting needle is a great corner-poker tool.

And, voila! You have a easy, fast pillow cover. I made 4 of them in under 2 hours!

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