Sewing is a good skill to have, but there are many of us who don't have this skill. It can be frustrating to have design ideas, but not know how to pull a project off. There are many projects that can be pulled off with no-sew options. Making your own pillow covers or cases can be an easy and rewarding no-sew project.
You will need material of your choice, a pillow, fabric glue, Fray Check, and any decorations you want to add to decorate your pillow cover or case. Straight pins will make it easier to work with your project and a ruler is important for getting straight edges. A fabric pen can also make it easier to work with your project, allowing you to make guide lines. Fabric shears (scissors) will make it easier to cut the fabric than ones you have at home that are used for other things.
To begin your project, you will want to venture into the sewing section of your craft store. You may or may not be familiar with the items that you will find there, but fear not either way. First wander through the bolts of fabric to find the perfect one to meet your pillow cover needs. Once your fabric is chosen, you will want to take into account how wide it is and purchase your amount according to that. Buy a little more than you think you will need--it is always better to have leftovers than to not have enough.
Once your fabric is chosen, you should go to the wall with the sewing supplies and choose a set of straight pins, fabric shears, and a fabric glue. Read the back and make sure that the glue you choose is used to bond fabrics. Next find a bottle of Fray Check. This is used to keep your fabric from fraying (getting loose and fringed edges) and will give you a more finished look. There are several brands and it is a liquid in a small bottle. You may want to choose a fabric pen and a measuring tape or ruler to make it all easier for you.
If you wish to decorate your pillow cover, you can look through the trims and ribbons and choose those that appeal to you. Other options are adding strips or blocks of other fabrics, silk flowers, or fabric paints.
Wash and dry your fabric. This will make sure that any shrinking that the fabric does is done before you begin your project.
Cut your fabric. You will want to carefully measure the size of the pillow you wish to cover. Add an inch for each side of your fabric (this will increase your width and length by two inches) so that you have plenty of room to work. Add fray check to the edges to keep the fabric from fraying.
Mark your inch. Carefully mark one inch all the way around. You can do this with small marks every now and then. It only needs to be enough to guide you.
Pin together your first side. Do this by laying your two sides together so that the inside of the fabric is facing up. Carefully pin it together along one edge using your one inch mark to pin it together.
Pin the two sides. Carefully work your way around so that three sides are pinned and one is left open.
Trim the corners. Carefully cut the corners to form a flat side there. This will make it so that you don't have a large hard corner. To do this, make a single cut across the corner, leaving only a quarter of an inch of fabric (or so) at the very corner.
Glue your first three edges. Carefully glue the first edge by running glue along the inside of the one-inch section. You will be gluing the top of your fabric so that the two sides of the one-inch section stick together. Work your way around until three sides (the three you pinned) are glued together. Let dry thoroughly.
Turn right side out. Once your three sides are glued carefully, turn your cover out. You will now see the side of the fabric that you wish to see.
Finish the final edge. If you wish the cover to be removable, then carefully fold each side so that the edge can be glued leaving the side open with a nice finished edge. Glue them so that the one inch is down and you have a great edge.
If you wish the cover to be fitted to the pillow and not removable, then carefully place the pillow inside the new cover. Fold the edges under and pin them together. You will need to carefully glue them together.
Let the whole piece dry and cure according to the directions. Most suggest waiting seven to ten days before washing.
Decorate. If you wish to, you can decorate your piece. This can be done carefully using your fabric glue to add any embellishments that you want. You can also use fabric paints to add designs and color.
Making a great pillow cover or case doesn't have to be a hard project or one that you can only do if you know how to sew. No-sew options can be easy, fast, and creative. Get out the creative juices and save money by making your own beautiful covers. You can even make covers for each season or holiday to help you decorate for the times!