For today’s post I’ve teamed up with John Lewis to bring you a super simple sewing tutorial for a DIY Envelope Pillow Cover.
I definitely consider myself a learner when it comes to sewing, I can make a few basic home furnishings such as curtains, pillows and cat beds, but I haven’t yet ventured into dress making and I’ve only sewn a zip once.
So when the Janome DC3050 sewing machine arrived in the studio, I thought I would share the way I make all pillow covers in our house!
I’m not even sure what all these stitches are for, but I’m looking forward to having a play around with them, especially the one that looks like hearts!
I decided to sew with a material I hadn’t used before on the machine, wool. This meant I needed to get some heavier needles than the basic cotton ones I already had. These inexpensive gold fabric scissors were from Tiger Stores and I am so impressed with them.
I had a 12″ square pillow to make the case for, so cut a fabric piece that was 12″ x 28″. I then hemmed the short edges by 0.5cm with a straight stitch. I love how the electronic sewing machines sort all the tension etc for you – I was never any good at that when I had a manual sewing machine! This one also has an automatic needle threader – it saves SO much time.
Next, I folded the two short edges in towards each other, overlapping them a little to create ‘the envelope’ and then pinned the side edges. The right side of your fabric should now be on the inside. I then stitched the pinned edges with a straight stitch, clipped the corners and turned the pillow cover right side out. Add the cushion pad and it’s all done! Such a quick sewing DIY and all you need to learn is how to sew in a straight line. You can adapt this for any size cushion – a simple online search will bring up different measurements for when you want to make other size covers.
Sewing with wool fabric was not difficult, but it did shed fibres all over my desk! I am hoping to learn how to sew some simple zip pouches soon as I have quite a bit of fabric to use up in the studio. I shall get some tips from my Mum who has been mastering pillow covers with zips. Watch this space!
What have you been sewing lately?