Do you remember these whole cloth (no patchwork) quilted pillow covers I made a while back? Some fabric, I think, simply looks better left whole rather than chopped up into little pieces. Plus, no patchwork and no seams makes for a lot more comfortable pillows for napping, too :)
This is my absolute favorite whole cloth pillow cover. I just adore this gorgeous fabric and I'm happy I found a way to admire it every day.
So, when I wanted to make new covers for two small pillows on our bed (which are my husband's favorite "sleeping pillows") I knew this whole cloth method was the way to go.
I so love this pretty coral color of the main fabric which I think works perfectly with gray background and striped binding. It really adds such a nice pop of color to our bedroom. (I try to keep crazy and girly colors to a minimum in our bedroom)
I really like how quick and easy to make these pillow covers are, and I thought some of your might enjoy a little tutorial.
Ready? Here we go. (my pillow covers fit 16" square pillow forms)
Materials needed: pillow top: one 16" x 16" square of main fabric
one 18" x 18" square of batting
one 18" x 18" square of fabric for pillow top backing
pillow back: one FQ of fabric
binding: 4.5" x WOF (width of fabric) strip of fabric
1 nylon zipper 16" or longer
basting spray or basting pins
hera marker or disappearing fabric pen
optional - walking foot for your sewing machine
Step 1: pillow top
a) Layer a pillow top backing fabric right side down on a flat surface, then batting on top and main fabric right side up on top. Pin or use spray to baste all three layers together, mark your quilting lines and quilt.
the second picture shows my pillow top backing and how I quilted it
Step 2: pillow back
a) Follow this tutorial to make a pillow back with a zipper closure or use your own favorite method to make a pillow back of your choice.
I added a strip of contrasting fabric to my pillow back for a little pop of color
Step 3: pillow assembly
a) Place pillow back (right side down) on a flat surface. Place pillow top (right side up) on top. Align all the sides and pin the two layers together.
b) Trim off extra zipper tape and backing and stitch all the way around using 1/4" seam allowance. (I like to use walking foot for this step as well as for attaching the binding as I find there's less bunching and unevenness this way)
Step 4: binding
a) Place 4.5" strip of binding fabric on your cutting mat and cut into two 2.25" x WOF strips. Prepare a double fold binding as you would for a quilt (there's lots of binding tutorials online if you need help with that).
b) Bind the pillow your preferred way. ( I like to attach binding to the back of the pillow first and then flip it to the front and attach it by machine)
Step 5: finishing
Press your pillow case to make it nice and smooth, stuff the pillow form inside and admire :)
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if you have any questions.
And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group. I always love seeing all your amazing creations.