These six Christmas pillow covers were really finished yesterday, but it has been pouring steadily for two days, so I just now got pictures of them. It was still drizzling when I took them out to the wet bench for photos. They turned out very well, especially since they are for my own living room. I made a few mistakes, and learned a new technique, so it was a good project.
You can’t see this zipper, can you?
New technique: I used this tutorial from Sew, Mama, Sew for inserting a covered zipper into the backing. (I heard about this recently from someone else on a blog, but I can’t remember
who’s Ah, is was Jacquie, from Tall Grass Prairie Studio. Just look at her beautiful pillows! Thank you!) It worked really well, especially after the first one. I was able to assembly line the last five covers and achieve a very nice look in no time. I liked this much better than the velcro I’ve used before. I had some trouble with the 1/4″ Steam-A-Seam2 Double Stick Lite Fusible Web. It was supposed to be sticky to stick to the project before ironing, but it wasn’t at all. The web kept separating from the paper backing and it was a little fussy to use. Also, the cat was very attracted to these slender, curly strips I was trying to work with. It was worth the fuss, and I got better at it, and it really made the zippers go in easily. I will use it again.
Mistakes: The red and green strips showed through the Kona Snow. I only noticed this after the tops were quilted. They were actual strings, with frayed edges. In the future, I will trim these edges and check the pieced top carefully for any seams that are showing through. Live and learn.
Also, I’m used to shaping the corners of pillow covers by trimming 1/2″ from each corner, tapered on back to the middle on each side. This works great with home dec covers to keep the points on the corners from being too “pointy” and sticking out. I think it was the fact that these covers were quilted that caused this not to work so great. They’re just a little wonky, but look fine on the couch. Next time I will just sew them square. These covers were sewn right sides together, then machine bound like a quilt. I much prefer this to covering cording, inserting it, then turning the pillows, which I’ve done for years. I like this method and this look.
Not a mistake: Even though I pre-wash all my fabric, I still thought that all that red and white could be trouble. I washed the covers with two Color Catchers, and I’m very glad I did. I have six nice clean pillows and two very pink Color catchers.
So my living room looks better for Christmas. What are you working on for yourself?
I’ll go ahead and link this up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.