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Decorative Pillow Covers: Step-by-Step Tutorial on Making Your Own

by ZhangRong 26 Sep 2023

Pillow covers are an indispensable part of home decor that can rapidly alter a room's appearance and atmosphere. Additionally, designing your pillowcases is an enjoyable and imaginative do-it-yourself task that is simple to initiate, regardless of whether you're new to sewing or a seasoned craft. This blog post provides a comprehensive tutorial on creating a wide range of pillow cover types. You can give free rein to your imagination and infuse your home with a distinctive style all your own.

Decorative Pillow Cover Linen

Preparation and Fabric Selection for Decorative Pillow Covers

Prior to starting to create a pillow cover, ensure you possess the requisite basic materials and tools. Firstly, select the fabric cautiously, given that it is the fundamental aspect of the pillow cover, and it determines the texture. Opt for a fabric that meets your preference - it can be cotton, silk, or velvet. You have the choice to select from fabrics of varying colors, patterns, and textures to suit your home decor needs. Next, a sharp pair of scissors is essential for accurate fabric cutting. Depending on your preference, you can use a sewing machine or hand sewing. While sewing machines can increase efficiency, hand sewing allows for more detailed pillow cover sewing. It is crucial to select a thread that matches your fabric to ensure strong stitching. Additionally, you should choose the correct needle based on the thickness of the fabric and your requirements. If you plan to include a zip in your design, make sure you have one that fits your desired size and style. Finally, it is necessary to select the stuffing for the pillowcase, taking into consideration its size. Options for filling materials include down, cotton, foam, or other materials designed to enhance its softness and comfort.

Cutting the Fabric for Pillow Cover

Choosing Color and Patterns for Your Bohemian pillow covers

Out of all the available pillow cover patterns, which one do you prefer? To begin with, choose your preferred color and patterns, select a few of your favourite patterns from the internet or the market, and proceed to cut them out one by one according to the size and specification of the pillow. If you have selected a pattern you favour, leave some space on the pillow cover for your unique design.

Vary your embroidery stitches to create distinct patterns on the textile, or proceed to embroider symmetrical rows, horizontally or vertically. Subsequently, attach the fabric to the pillow using stitches. For larger pillowcases, cut the fabric to the size required using scissors. Then, simply place the sewn pillow cover into the pillowcase. When sewing the patterned fabric onto your pillow cover, be sure to trim away any excess material with scissors. This will help you achieve a neat finish and ensure the fabric fits perfectly onto the surface of the pillowcase without any gaps.

Silk Decorative Pillow Cover Fabric

Cutting the Fabric for Pillow Cover

Use a marker to draw two concentric circles on the fabric, reflecting the desired size. Initially, draw a large circle, then a slightly smaller one inside it. Finally, connect them with a pen; this will allow the circle to remain visible after sewing. While this technique simplifies the marking process, be mindful that the ink from markers may show in the final product. Choose washable or disappearing fabric markers if possible. This step is essential to prepare the fabrics for sewing.

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Sewing for Throw Pillow Covers

Cut out the fabric for your pillowcase slightly larger than your intended size. If your pillow cover ends up small, don't be dismayed. With ample time and patience, you can create a larger pillowcase within a day. If your pillowcase seems too big, simply adjust the size by sewing along the edges according to your desired measurement. To make it look more attractive, I purposefully selected a lovely small bow to attach to the pillow. Besides, you need to ensure to attach the bow on the exterior, not the interior, of the pillow cover.

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Stuffing for Decorative Pillow Covers

Once you've gathered all the necessary materials, start with the production. Initially, we must turn the pillow cover inside out to prevent any stains or marks during the stitching process. Subsequently, you may commence the embroidery phase. Follow the pattern, and you will easily complete the task.

Finishing for Decorative Pillow Covers

Sew the fabric together, preferably folding it in half, which has the advantage of making the pillow cover perfect and less prone to creasing. Turn the pillow cover inside out and secure the zip in place with a needle and thread. Sew along the edges of the zip with a needle and thread, remembering to leave the right distance. After sewing, turn the pillow cover over so that the pillow cover is completed.

The best way to make this pillow cover is to use white fabric, as it provides a clean and versatile base for your design. The neutrality of white allows any color or pattern you add to stand out vividly, making your details pop and enhancing the overall appearance. However, if you feel that white doesn't suit your decor or isn't practical, feel free to experiment with other fabric colors.

Benefits of Creating Your Own Decorative Pillow Covers

Making pillow covers is a delightful DIY project that lets you bring exceptional embellishments to your abode, reflecting your creativity and flair. Whether you are an expert tailor or an amateur, creating pillow covers is a straightforward and gratifying job. By crafting your own cushion covers, you can customize the ambiance of your lounge, bedroom, workplace, or library, transforming your dwelling into a more inviting and enjoyable location. This cushion cover is relatively simple to craft. Have you mastered the technique yet? If so, let's begin promptly! You can also create a cover with a design of your own. If you're unsure about making it by yourself, don't hesitate to ask for help

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