I am addicted to Ikea fabric. Nowhere else can you find quality heavy duty decor fabric for $7-$10 a meter! I have made so many pillow covers this week I could do it blind folded. I found the fastest easiest way to make a pillow over with minimal sewing. I should have taken pictures but it’s so easy anyone who can sew a straight line could do it. I love the FJADRAR pillow forms. They are feather filled, washable and fluff up so nicely. I love that fluff & karate chop look you get with these pillows, looks like the decorating shows on HGTV. I made some cute ones for the popup to give a little decorating flair on the cheap.
For this project you will need a sewing machine, fabric, thread, sissors, quilting ruler or square
So there are three sizes of pillow forms I like to work with, and the length of fabric you will need for each.
*FJADRAR 20″ x 20″ >> 0.75 meters or 3/4 yard of fabric
*FJADRAR 16″ X 24″ >> 0.5 meter/ half yard of fabric (for vertical flap overlap)for one pillow – OR 1 meter/1 yard of fabric (for horizontal flap overlap, and you can get two pillows from this piece of fabric
*GOSA ASTER 26″ x 26″ (from bedding department) >> 0.75 m or 3/4 yard of fabric
I like making envelope pillows, they are fast and easy and if you are using Ikea decor fabric with a width of 58″, minimal cutting is required. Start by washing and drying your fabric first. Then iron it. This is important, you want your pillow cover to be washable and not shrink after sewing. I recommend that you zigzag or serge the cut ends before washing so they dont fray in the wash. Then “square up” your piece of fabric by using a quilters square to make sure the cut sides are square to the factory selvedge edge.
Zigzag or serge the cut ends to prevent fraying on the finish pillow when it gets washed. This saves you a step later.
Next follow the directions for the size of Ikea pillow form you have. We are going to make pillows with 1/2″ seams, a 1 1/2″ double fold edge on the flap and a 4″ overlap on the back envelope. To figure out the rectangle you need for you pillow form, use this formula:
Height = pillow side measurement + 1″
Width = (Pillow width x 2) + 8″ inches I’ve done this for you if you are using Ikea pillow forms.
FJADRAR 20″ X 20″ (vertical flap overlap)
1)Lay your fabric on your work surface pattern “good” side down. Cut a rectangle 48″ wide by 21″ high. The long sides are your top and bottom and the short side is the sides of the pillow.
2)Fold over one side 1/2″ and iron. Repeat for the other side.
3)Fold over the side again 1 1/2″ and iron, repeat for other side.
I just leave these as is. I don’t like topstitching, I think pressed looks cleaner. If you want you could iron on some SY iron-on hemming tape to glue the double fold flap down instead. Or you could topstitch it now if you wanted to.
4)Next, mark the center of your fabric along it’s width and draw a line vertically along the pillow. From this center line, measure over 10″ to the left and mark another line. Then on the other side of the center line, mark 10″ over to the right. Fold your fabric on these right and left lines to make the envelope, right sides together. Iron the folds.
5)You will now have a 20″ x 21″ F folded square that looks like your pillow inside out. Line up your flaps nicely and pin the top and bottom in place. Pin along the 21″ sides. Sew a 1/2″ seam along each side. You are sewing up your short side across the overlapped fabric of the pack of the pillow. Your pillow is now finished and inside out. Turn right side out and use a sharp object or turning tool to poke the corners out.
GOSA ASTER 26″ x 26″
1)I only cut the length and I use the entire 58″ width of the fabric to save cutting time since the little pit left over only goes to waste anyway. So I cut a rectangle the width of the fabric and 27″ high.
2)Follow the steps 1-3 above, and when you get to step 4, mark the center. This time when you get to step 4, mark your lines over 13″ on each the left and right of the center. Continue on with steps 4 and 5 above, except you are measureing out a 26″ x 27″ folded square.
FJADRAR 16″ X 24″
1) This is a rectangular pillow and you can have the top and bottom overlap (which is nice if you want the overlap to be horizontal across the front of the pillow. You can add decorative buttons to the top flap. Or, you can do it the same as the square pillows have a vertical overlap along the back.
2) For a horizontal overlap, you will need a rectangle that measures 25″ wide, and 40″ long. If you are using a meter or yard of fabric, you can get two pillows out of it. Make sure your pattern runs vertically along the long side. Follow the steps above with these modifications. Fold the fabric over by 1/2 ” along the 25″ wide edge and iron. Repeat for the other 25″ wide edge. Fold over again 1 1/2″ inches and iron to create a double fold. Repeat for the other side. Find your center of the fabric horizontally. Measure up 8″ from the center line, and another line 8″ below. Fold on these lines right sides together. Iron. You will now have a folded rectangle measuring 16″ x 25″. Sew up the short sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Complete the pillow by turning inside out.
3) For a vertical overlap, you will need a to cut a rectangle 17″ high x 56″ wide. If I am using Ikea fabric that is pre shrunk and washed, it ends up being pretty close to the width I need, so I dont cut it. I just use the entire width, and cut 17″ high. Make sure your pattern runs vertically along the short side. Follow the steps above with these modifications. Fold the fabric over by 1/2 ” along the 25″ short edge and iron. Repeat for the other 25″ wide short edge. Fold over again 1 1/2″ inches and iron to create a double fold. Repeat for the other side. Find your center of the fabric along the long side. Measure over 12″ from the center line to the left, and another line 12″ from the center on the right. Fold on these lines right sides together. Iron. You will now have a folded rectangle measuring 16″ x 25″. Sew up the long sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Complete the pillow by turning inside out.