How to sew a cover on a decorative pillow with your own hands
Isn't it nice to frequently update your living room? And with a quick and easy way to change covers for pillows.
But many believe that sewing covers on pillows with their own hands is very difficult, and if we are talking about a neat, "invisible" zipper, then it does seem that sewing covers on cushions is better left to professionals.
Do not be afraid! Sew covers on decorative cushions are not at all difficult. Follow these tips, and after 30-40 minutes one cover will be ready. Make them as long as you want!
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So, to sew a cover on a pillow with a zipper, you will need:
1. Fabric - in such quantity to cover the whole pillow (how to calculate the necessary amount of tissue, see in "Step 1"). Tapestry covers for pillows are a classic option, but if you chose some kind of lightweight fabric for your cover, you just need to use a lining for strength.
2. Adhesive tape for textiles (from those that are glued with a hot iron).
3. Zipper (5 cm shorter than the length of your cover).
4. Safety pins.
5. Sewing machine with flat foot.
7. A thick needle with a thread.
STEP 1: Determine how much tissue you need. Measure the sides of your pillow. Usually all the cushions are square (36x36 cm, 41x41 cm, etc.), but it is better to know the exact values. Feel the pillow. If it is soft and crinkles well, cut two pieces of cloth exactly the size of it. If the pillow is tight and crumples badly, the fabric for the cover needs to be cut with a margin of about 2.5 cm on each side.
If you have selected a lightweight fabric for a cover, make sure that the lining is cut in exactly the same way and carefully adjusted to the fabric. When using canvas or fabric for curtains, it is better to sweep edges so that they do not pour.
STEP 2. Lay out the piece of fabric intended for the "front" side of the cushion, face up. Place the zipper on the edge of the fabric face down. Remember that the zipper begins, in fact, where the lock is located, and not at the beginning of the fabric tape, and place the fastener in the center of the edge line, so that approximately 2.5 cm of the main fabric remains on each side.
If the zipper tape is longer, do not worry - it's not so important. Attach the beginning and end of the fastener (right next to the plastic or metal parts) to the fabric with pins - just to keep the clasp in place when you sew it; then you need to remove the pins. Cut a piece of textile tape - the same length as the zipper. If the fastener turns out to be a tape, just cut the last one along and remove any excess.
Place the tape between the zip and fabric, starting from the first pins, and iron the top, but be careful — adhesive tapes for textiles some companies it is difficult to scrub from the iron if they accidentally frozen. Ensure that the tape is not sticking out from under the clasps.
But now the fastener is fastened properly! On the clasp are two pins - in order to fasten it to the fabric, they are no longer needed, but do not pull them out yet: they will help determine where to start the seam. (Another pin in the photo is just to show how all layers look before ironing.) You will not need it).
STEP 3. Place the resulting fabric under the sewing machine foot so that the half of the fastener lies neatly under the middle of the foot. Start sewing with a back seam.
See how quickly and neatly it turns out, when you do not interfere with pins:
Quite simple, right?
STEP 4. Now take the cloth intended for the "purl" part of the pillow (the one on which it normally lies); put it on the table with the wrong side up. Carefully combine with the ready-made "facial" (to which you sewed the clasp), making sure that they fully match (especially if it is a fabric with a pattern). When you sew covers on cushions, accuracy is very important. Unfasten the buckle and place the second, not sewn on it part on the front side of the second cut of fabric.
As before, attach the remainder of the fastener with two pins at a distance of 2.5 cm from the edges. Make sure that the clasp lies flat and does not crumple both pieces of fabric. Put the tape for the textile and iron. Place the fabric under the sewing machine foot - exactly as the first part of the fastener, and sew the same way. Zip the zipper to check if everything is in order. But do not forget to unbutton it before moving on to the next step.
STEP 5. Place the resulting blank for the cover with the wrong side up, so that both faces are hidden. Pull the ends of the tape away from the zipper so that they do not interfere when you sew two cuts of the "main" fabric, and secure the fabric with pins, trying to combine all the corners. The ends of the fastener should stick outward while you stitch the main fabric. Make sure the buckle is unbuttoned at least three quarters.
Replace the flat tab in the typewriter with the usual one, leave the seam allowance about 1.27 cm and sew the fabric, starting and finishing the seam in the same place on the buckle, where for the first time. See those black dots? The one that is closer to the edge indicates the place where you started to sew the clasp, and the second - where the seam that fastens the main fabric began. They should be approximately on the same line. Sweep the corners with any seam.
STEP 6. Fix the ends of the two sides of the zipper together using a thick needle and thread. It is better to use a strong, dense thread for this. Unscrew the cover on the front side and carefully straighten out all the corners.
STEP 7 Insert your pillow into a new cover, priming it so that it sat perfectly on it. Do not worry. In the end, just recently it seemed that only connoisseurs know how to sew a cover on a pillow. A little bit of neatness and perseverance, and everything will turn out! And now zipper ...
And admire your work!