You need fabrics of your own choice, chain/ laces- whatever you would like on your pillow, cotton to stuff the pillow, fabric scissors, flexible measurement tape, and pins.
You need to select a fabric to make your desired pillow. Experts recommend selecting from silk or cotton. Because the materials don’t irritate your skin, and they make nice and comfortable pillows. Select wisely, or you can just take some old fabric and transform that into a pillow.
Measure the fabric with a tape. Here also, you make your own choice. If it’s a throw pillow, then you should be keeping the same measurements throughout the whole circumference. If it’s not a throw pillow or cushion, that should have different measurements in the width and length.
You can cut the pillow case separately if you want. Also, if you wish, you can cut one entire piece.
If it’s just one piece, then you will be closing three sides altogether. On the other hand, if you have decided on cutting both sides separately, then you will have total four sides to close or stitch in. Pin the edges to so the case doesn’t deform in the way of stitching.
Sewists always suggest pinning a fabric by keeping the heads of the pins on the right side. Because it easier and safer to take them out while stitching.
Also, in terms of pillow cover/ case making, you will need quite a lot of pins. So, it’s safe to keep the pin heads by the right side, particularly when you are trying to stitch a piece of fabric that carries many pins.
Now, prepare your machine. Attach the regular pressure foot; select the straight line stitching style.
Take the fabric piece by its wrong side. Bring the pillowcase under the needle and carefully start stitching. Make sure you aren’t stitching in any wrinkles, which are going to mess up the size and proportion of the pillow. You are more likely to make an asymmetrical pillow if there are wrinkles. Do you want a pillow like that?
If you don’t want that, then finish stitching the pillow case nice and slow. Leave a little opening in the case on one side. As you will be stuffing it in the next step, keep the case fairly open so you can stuff it conveniently with cotton.
Bring out the right side of the pillowcase now. You have bought cottons to stuff the pillow, that’s great. Go ahead and stuff the pillow case with cotton.
Or, you can recycle any old pillow you want. Just make sure you are not over stuffing it. If you do that, the pillow will be too tight; also, it will tear anyway if it too tight. Moreover, tight pillows are not comfortable, either.
When you are done with the stuffing, next, you need to close the opening. You can’t close the opening with the sewing machine. You should be doing that with your hand. It’s pretty commonsensical because you can’t put that big pillow case under the needle, can you?
Now, you need a pillow cover for your new pillow. Don’t you? Let’s make your new pillow nice cover.
Select a fabric that you like to use as a pillow cover. Now measure the pillow that you have just made. While measuring, you don’t need to take it by a little extra in the tape; because, in terms of pillow, a tight cover suits best. Experts don’t recommend making loose cover. So, there is no need for seam allowance.
Once the measurement is done, cut the cover accordingly and pin-up all the sides.
Now, you need to stitch the pillow cover. You should stitch all the sides except one side to add ties or chain there. Also, if you don’t keep one side open of the case, how will you put the pillow in or how will that make you a pillow cover at all. That will be quite a hilarious blunder while stitching!
If you want ties, then you need to make some laces separately. And, if you want a chain on your pillowcase, then cut the chain measuring the opening of the pillow and stitch it properly, so it doesn’t come off the cover. Also, you should stitch all of it by the wrong side of the fabric piece.
Once it’s done, put on the cover on the pillowcase and admire what you have created.