Simple Decorative Pillow Case

I've been wanting some pillows for our couches & I can't seem to find any good deals! So I figured I would make some.

1. Found a lovely $0.25 pillow at an estate sale:

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2. Found some fabric, bought half a yard.

3. I measured and cut a 14 x 32 inch piece. (14 is the size of the pillow and then 14 x 2 + 4 -- 14 x 32). So if your pillow is 16 x 16, you would cut a piece 16 x 36.

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4. Hem the two short sides. Lay the fabric right side down with a short side towards you. For my pillow this was the 16" sides. Measure and iron a 1/4" hem on both sides. Fold each side over another 1/4" (to hide any unfinished edges), iron them flat, pin and sew both hems.

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5. Sew the side two seams. Now lay the fabric with the right side up with the long side towards you. Fold one side with the 1/4" hem over a little more than half-way. Fold the other side over so it overlaps the first side. I folded one side of mine 5 1/2 inches and the other 8 1/2 inches and had a 2 inch overlap (5.5" + 8.5"=14"). Make sure your fabric measures from fold to fold the same as your pillow. Pin each side seam, and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance at each corner.

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6. Turn each side right side out and put pillow inside.

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They make great gifts!

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