Although you wouldn’t know it looking out the window, the spring has now arrived and with it came, like every year, the desire to renew ourselves and renew our home; certainly we cannot change furniture every year, as you cannot paint the walls or change all tissues each beginning of summer. But this time the bad weather that forces us in your home can help us, we try to exploit these dreary afternoons to change the sofa cushions by sewing from us of new pillowcases; you will see that is easy, fast and economical: with an investment of less than 10 euros and just over an hour’s work can achieve four new covers and sofa covers, now let me tell you how.
- needle and thread
- pins or basting thread
The choice of fabric
Choose the fabrics that you like, that blend with the rest of the furniture or off completely, if you want to dampen the uniformity of color of your living room. In almost all pillow case stores like epillowcases, you can buy for a few dollars (typically from 50 cents to 1 euro per pound) remnant of fabric in the previous season and that’s the trick that will allow you to keep down the budget for this project; an alternative may be to buy fabrics, these are fairly inexpensive and easy to sew. Nothing forbids us to buy fine hand painted silks or some other refined material, but in this case, before you put a hand to the scissors, you have to be very certain of what you are doing and my advice is to first make a test on a scrap fabric.
The measures and cutting
To make a cushion we need to cut the fabric a rectangle that has a length equal to three times the length of the pillow and the width equal to the width of the pillow plus 4-5 cm. Mind you the cutting of various pillows should be run in the same direction so that you have the design of the plot in the same direction on each pillow.
And now we sew
First, make a zig zag along the two short sides of the pillowcase, this will serve to avoid fabric fraying once the job; an alternative to the zig zag is to cut the fabric with scissors with serrated blades, this type of cut prevents tissue slippage in places where it is not stitched.
At this point we need to secure the velcro placing it first with the pins and then sewed it in the middle of the short side on the the right side of the fabric. The velcro no need if our short side is less than 20 cm, then we will use it in all other cases. If you want you can replace the velcro with buttons, maybe jewel or of particular forms, but in this case you have to remember to open the buttonholes at the other side.
Now we put the pillow on the table so you can see the reverse side of the cloth and inverting the part where we just sewed the velcro towards us, schedule it with the pins and then we sew. We just carried on board.
Position the fabric on the table so that you can see on the right side of the fabric, fold inside the side with your Board for a stretch equal to the length of the cushion less 5 cm, then fold over the other side of this cloth. In this way we obtained the final shape of the pillow, if you want to be sure of the size before stitching you can test this by placing the cushion onto the fabric before making the two folds inward.
We set the open sides with pins and then cuciamoli. We make a zig zag along the sides that we just sewed holding together all layers of fabric. Stretch and then inverting the cover to the right.
The pillowcase is almost completed, we just have to sew the second part of velcro under the previously sewn, pin and then fix it to cuciamola. If the pillow is not large should sew the second part before closing velcro sides, but in this case you’re forced to do the test with the pillow to prevent once closed the work the two pieces of velcro no match.