First of all, a word on fabrics. The floral is a Moda piece by Sanae from her Panache collection. The pink and gold are Joel Dewberry that I had in my stash, and matched as a happy coincidence. The blue I found on Z & S fabric's sale...I think I intended it for Easter dresses that didn't get done this year. The brown solid is a Kona Cotton piece. This was my first foray into Kona Cotton...and I am in love. It is thick and soft and cuts beautifully. The white fabric came from scraps I had from making a muslin I discussed in this post.
- 1/2 yard of brown quilting fabric
- a fat quarter of white fabric
- (4) approximately 4" by 4" scraps for your windows
- white and brown thread
- 14" by 17" scrap of cotton batting
- cutting tools, including your seam ripper
- sewing machine, iron, and seam gauge
- a 14" by 17" pillow form (more on this at the end)
Step Two, cut out your pieces.
- (4) 3.5" by 3.5" squares, one of each different fabric
- (2) 17.5" by 1.5" white fabric strips
- (6) 3.5" by 1.5" white fabric pieces
- (2) 17.5" by 5.5" brown fabric strips
- (1) 14" by 15" brown fabric piece
- (1) 14" by 11" brown fabric piece
Step Three, make your window strip.
Step Four, add your long white fabric strips.
You'll now sew the white strips to your windows. Follow the same method as above, right sides together. Sew at just under 1/4".
Step Five, add your long brown strips.
Step Six, add the batting and prepare to quilt.
Step Seven, quilt your pillow top.
Take this step slowly and carefully. I kept it simple, by basically topstitching around all the windows and edges of the white strips in white first.
To quilt the brown strips, I used my seam gauge to guide my seams as I sewed.
Step 8, create your envelope closure back.
Take the two larger pieces of brown fabric and make a small rolled hem along one of the shorter sides.
With the right side of your pillow top up, lay each piece of the envelope back on top, right sides together. Lay the longer back piece down first. The pillow top should be completely covered, and the back pieces should over lap.
Your completed pillow cover should look like this:
Step 9, insert your pillow form.
This can be a purchased form, or you can make your own. The easiest way to make cheap pillow forms that I've found can be read about in this post. I followed the same exact procedure to make my own pillow forms for this project, too.
Ready for spicing up your boudoir!
If you'd like, I'll post the measurements for the other two pillows with some simple tips. The stripe pillow comes together almost identically as the window pillow. The ruffle pillow was a little bit trickier, but completely do-able.
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