Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY Bird Pillowcase

I really wanted to have a throw pillow somewhere in baby girl's room. But since I had custom bedding, I would need a custom pillow. Now, as I have warned you in the past I'm not a great sewer...I'm not even sure if I'm a good one...but I did come up with this: 

This is how I made it...

Throw pillow to cover...I used a 12X12 purchased from JoAnn Fabrics
fabric to cover the pillow
2 accent fabrics for bird
buttons (I used 3)
sewing machine
measuring  and cutting tools

I cut two pieces of fabric, one measured 14in X 14in and the other was 14in X 17in. 

I used a left over decor fabric which had a nice finished edge to it. If you don't have a finished edge create one by sewing a hem along the end of the fabrics which will be your open end. You do this by folding you fabric over once and then again, pin and sew. This creates no raw edges.

Next, I needed a bird. I pinned a great fabric bird tutorial from Lavender's Blue Design FOREVER ago and was finally going to use it. You can get the printable template at the link above. I chose to use orange fleece material I had and the wing accent was from a bird on the crib sheet bedding. I traced the template and cut out each piece, pinned them where I wanted them and sewed them in place on the front facing piece of fabric (this will be the larger of the two pieces) using a overcasting stitch. 

Next, it was time to sew the two pieces of fabric together. Have the right sides of fabric facing each other and sew along the three sides that match in measurement. Leaving one end open.

Next, snip the inside corners like this 

Then you can flip the pillowcase right side out and stuff in the pillow.

Not sure how one would actually handle this, but here's what I did...My front fabric, once folded to the back kind of stuck up on the top and bottom so I decided to fold the fabric in and sew it at an angle.

Next, I marked using a piece of chalk where I wanted my buttons to go...I didn't measure to make them perfect, just eye-balled it. I used my sewing machine on a button hole setting and created the holes for my buttons. Once those holes were created, I placed the fabric how it would lay once the buttons were attached, marked through the button holes where the buttons should be placed, then sewed the buttons on by hand. I got something like this: 

All done! Now it can be placed in the crib (for now anyways) or on a chair or wherever you want.

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking it out.

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