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From Drab to Fab

06/12/2009

So, after dying my fabric for my pillows, I have finally finished sewing them. . .  a little funky, but they’re growing on me.  I have always sewn my own slipcovers for pillows – it’s such an easy way to make a dramatic change to your living room.  But, I had always been a little apprehensive about adding piping.  My friend, Kirsten, talked me into adding it to a slipcover I was making – it really is very easy and gives your pillows a real, finished look.  I slipcover everything in my living room – another great way to make a big change, and it’s definitely more kid-friendly.

Last year, I found some fabric I loved and wanted to make a change to the chair in our living room.  I love the shape and size of the chair, but I had never liked the fabric.  So, I made a slipcover, complete with piping and here’s the result:

Before: IMG_2119   After: IMG_2116

So, if you’re interested in learning all about pillows and piping, please read on:

Supplies:  5/16” polyester cording, funky fabric cut to one inch larger than your pillow, pillow form, zipper (about the length of one of the sides of your cover)

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To make the piping, simply cut strips the width you need to cover the cording, and use a zipper presser foot to sew a tight channel with the cording inside.  My strips were 2” wide.

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Next, sew the piping to the right side of one of the sides of your pillow.  You will want to start sewing, about 2 inches from the beginning of the piping.  The trickiest part of this will be getting the ends to meet, so your piping looks like one continuous edge.  You can find a great tutorial and video on this process here.  In fact, there are several videos all about piping that make it look really easy.

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So, now you will have one plain square of funky fabric, and one piped square of funky fabric

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Next, sew the zipper in.  This was actually a little tricky, I think I would prefer to make a box pillow with piping and zipper, but I was able to make it work

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Now, with right sides together, start sewing where the zipper ends, make the corner, and sew around the remaining 3 sides.  Remember to keep your zipper side open a bit so that it makes flipping it right-side-out, easier.  I always like to double stitch to reinforce the seams.  Then turn it right-side out, insert pillow form, and you have a work of art.

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I think I like the change . . .

Drab: IMG_2115  Fab: IMG_2240

O.K., maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but any change can add a little spice and perk up your space


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