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- 2 pieces of fabric for your pillow case
- fabric for the piping
- cord for the piping (I used Wrights cotton filler
- 1 zipper
- 2 pieces of fabric, 9 x 4 cm (3.5 x 1.5") each,
for the zipper tabs
- Measure length and width of your pillow. Add two slots of seam allowance of 1,5 cm (5/8") to either side. E. g. if your pillow is 40 x 40 cm (15.75 x 15.75"), your 2 fabric pieces for the pillow case would have to be 43 x 43 cm (17 x 17"). Now cut 2 pieces of fabric according to your own measurements.
- Size of the piping fabric: Make it 4 cm (1.5") wide.
For the right length of the piping fabric use this formula: count 1x width of pillow case fabric + 2 x length of pillow case fabric; in my case, the fabric would be 3 x 43 cm (3 x 17") = 129 cm (51"). I like to add about another 5 cm (2") just to be one the safe side, so the piping won't end up being too short!
Cut the piping cord to the same length, so in this case at least 129 cm (51").
If the fabric piece you counted with this formula is too long to be cut out of your fabric you might just divide it by 2 and sew two pieces of fabric together. Put them right sides together in a 90° angle like shown in the picture below. Stitch across the fabric from corner to corner like illustrated with the red line. Trim the seam allowance:
For the right length of your zipper subtract approx. 8 cm (3") from the width of your fabric. Take one of the small zipper tab fabric pieces and bend one of the short edges down by 1 cm (3/8") towards the wrong side and put this edge onto the right side of one end of the zipper. Topstitch the fabric tab onto the zipper. Take the other small fabric piece and repeat and topstitch it onto the other end of the zipper.
Take your cord and place it centered onto the wrong side of your piping fabric piece. Close the fabric, so that the cord is hidden in between:
Take the zipper with the tabs at the end and place it right side up. Take one of the pillow case fabric pieces and bend the upper edge down towards the wrong side by 1 cm (3/8"). Now place the fabric with this edge onto one the zipper tape. The clean edge of the fabric should be placed as close to the zipper teeth as possible. Pin in place and (while using the zipper foot of your sewing machine) topstitch all along the edge, approx. 0,3 cm (1.8") down from the zipper teeth.
Take the other pillow case fabric piece and repeat with the other side. Your result should look like the bottom picture of the next picture:
Take the prepared piping piece and put it as follows onto the right side of one of the pillow case fabric pieces: Place the raw edge of the piping approx. 0,5 cm (0.25") down from the raw edge of the pillow case fabric. The piping cord will face towards the inside of the pillow case fabric. Start at one of the top edges and pin the piping in place, all around the three edges of the pillow case fabric.
5. Assemble the pillow case:
Open the zipper. Put the two pillow case fabric pieces on top of each other, right sides together. The piping is now hidden in between the two fabric pieces. At the top corners, the piping should still be bent towards the outside. Pin in place and again, using the piping foot, stitch all along the three sides of the pillow case. Start at one top edge and sew straight down at first, going right over the end of the piping (careful, this can be little bumpy) and then smoothly let your piping foot find and cover the piping and keep on sewing as in the two previous steps.
Be careful at the corners, so that the piping comes out neatly at the end. Reaching the other upper corner, again sew straight up, at the same time going over the piping cord. Turn your pillow case right side out and poke out the corners with something pointy.
Your pillow case is now complete. Enjoy!
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