Make your own Full Body Pillow Cover

Make your own full body pillow cover

You will need:
scissors / rotary cutter
ruler/straight edge
sewing machine or
needle and thread

Fabric that is 60 inches. Now be careful, not all bolts of fabric are that wide. Mostly they will be around 48 inches in width. So, make sure you are looking at the 60 inch width before you fall in love with the pattern. These instructions will show you how to make your own full body pillow cover. Your pillow cover will be the same on both sides, You will need at least 44 inches in length of your desired material, so purchase amount will be 1 1/3 yard = 36 inches plus an additional 1/3 of a yard or 12 more inches for a total of 48 inches. May as well give yourself a little wiggle room just in case you have a very full pillow. 

You will fold your fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides together. At one end of the fabric you will turn down the edge 1 inch two times. To do this fold the fabric toward the inside (so the right side shows on the inside) 1″ across the edge and iron it down, then fold it another 1″ and press it again. If you are familiar with “stitch witchery” you can use it to fuse the fabric in place. Otherwise, you will sew the edge in place from end to end.  This is the top and open end of your pillow.

With your fabric still inside out, make sure that the fabric you have for your pillow is wide enough. You can wrap the material around the pillow to judge how much extra there is. Holding the sides at the location the pillow fits best, insert your first pin. This is the actual distance from the edge you will be sewing. Since the material is 60 inches, and the standard pillow size is 54 inches, you should  be pinning about 4 or 5 inches from the edge.  Pin along the length and the bottom. 

Now you sew

Now you want to sew, starting at the top opening where you have already finished the edge, sew straight down the long side then across the bottom. Now turn your pillow cover right side out and you are finished. Try it on your pillow. If it needs adjusting, stitch it up to perfection. It would not hurt to stitch the seams twice for good measure.

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