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How to Sew a Throw Pillow Cover

The good thing about pillow covers is that you could make them yourself. Here you will see ten easy steps so as to stitch a throw pillow cover. First, take a look at the supplies you will require to make your throw pillow cover. Remember that you may have to alter the measurements depending on the size of your pillow covers.
• 1 ¼ yards of 45″ fabric or 1 yard of 55″ fabric
• 2 ½ yards of trim
• 1 drinking glass
• 1 pencil
• 1 sewing machine, sufficient thread, few pins, 1 pair of scissors
• 1 iron with the iron board
• 1 rotary cutter, 1 mat
Step 1 – Cut the fabric into four parts – one for the front, one for the back and two smaller rectangular portions that you will need for the sides.

Step 2 – In order to make the process of sewing and turning easier, make the corners of the pillow covers round. Use your pencil and trace the rim of the glass on the inner side of the material. Mark all corners of the square piece and only two corners of the rectangular cut-outs.

Step 3 – Cut along the lines and if you wish to quicken the process, put two pieces together and cut them together, though for precision I would suggest you do one at a time.

Step 4 – Next you will need to use the overlong stitch or the zigzag stitch along the edges of each piece of fabric to keep it from fraying and to reduce thickness at the seams. Do this to all the edges. But leave out the straight edge of the rectangle.

Step 5 – A polished hem is required for the straight edges since they will be exposed. Fold ¼” or 3/8″ from the edges twice, to encase the rugged ends and stitch them down with the help of the straight stitch.

Step 6 – Now you have to pin in the trims. Begin at the bottom of the pillow which is also the right side of the fabric and carefully pin the trim ensuring that the sewing band stays on the outside. Use pins frequently so that the trim is not stretched. The pillow will be imperfect near the edges if it is too tight.

Step 7 – Next you must pin the whole pillow cover so you can prepare it for sewing. Place the rectangular piece facing downwards. Line the corners and pin carefully, making sure the material is not stretched.

Step 8 – Do the same to the second piece of rectangular material. You will notice the hemmed edges overlap. Remove all the pins while doing this so there is no trouble while sewing.

Step 9 – With the help of a seam allowance, sew all around the pillow. You can use a zipper foot if the trims or piping near the seam are too bulky. Before you sew the fabric, remove all the pins. Your needle could break and your sewing machine could be damaged if run on pins.

Step 10 – Now that your pillow cover is ready you can put your pillow form inside it. Slide it inside and yank the corners until the fit is right and you are done

Next article will be how to sew in zippers on pillow covers

XO
Chic Carpenta

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How to measure Furniture to make sure it fits your space

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It’s not easy to determine if a sofa will fit through a door or up a flight of stairs or into an elevator.

The most important lengths of the sofa are: the sofa width and the height of the sofa’s back (the back of the sofa when you’re sitting down – measure from floor to top of back).

• First, Measure the dimensions of the sofa: height, width and length, then you need to measure the height, from the floor to the top of the sofa’s back.

• Measure the dimensions of the opening, whether it’s a door or stairwell or elevator door.

If the sofa’s back height is longer than the door’s width, then the sofa’s width will need to be narrower than the door’s width.

For example, a door’s width is 45″ and the sofa’s width is 48″ and the sofa back height is 40″. This means you can turn the sofa so that the sofa’s back is facing the ceiling.

The sofa should slide through as long as the inside space will accommodate it (hallway or foyer).

If both the width and the back height are too long for the width of the door, then you need to consider the sofa’s length. Measure the length of the sofa and the height of the door opening. The sofa’s length will need to be shorter than the door’s height.

Also check the entrance way to see how much room you have to maneuver – there should be at least a foot or more of space on either side of the doorway in order to shimmy the sofa through. If the inside space is a narrow hallway, the couch may not fit.

If for some reason, even after you have taken the precautions to measure you find that your Sofa doesn’t fit, or if you simply “must have that piece”, feel free to give us a call. At ChicCarpenta we firmly believe that size doesn’t matter and we will be more than happy to help you get that piece of furniture inside your home where it belongs.
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