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Rough and Ready Sewing – Pillow Cover

ikea v shaped pillow cushion cover

We nipped down to Ikea before Christmas to pick up more bedding for the impending seasonal visits, but they didn’t have any covers in stock for the V shaped pillows which seemed a super comfy addition to our pillow stash. Don’t worry, I said. I’ll print up some cute fabric and make some covers. You can have them for Christmas.

All the visits are over now, as is Christmas, of course, but once I had decided what to print, which took an awfully long time, the actual sewing for the first of the covers only took about a quarter of an hour from start to finish. Rough and ready sewing, but it looks like a proper cover (I think!)

Here’s how I made the cover

  1. I printed 2 metres of cotton percale to be on the safe side; now that I’ve finished I think 1.5 metres would be plenty.
  2. I smoothed the fabric out on the floor and laid the V shaped pillow, which is more of a right angled pillow in fact, on the fabric, with a straight edge parallel to one side edge of the fabric.
  3. I considered the depth of the pillow, and moved the pillow in from the fabric edge to accommodate that depth.

  4. Again considering the depth of the pillow, I drew all around the cushion shape except for the edge that was parallel with the edge of the fabric.
  5. I cut the shape out.
  6. I laid the shape on top of the remaining fabric with right sides facing, lining up a straight edge of the cut fabric with an edge of the uncut fabric.
  7. I drew around the template.
  8. I cut out the 2nd piece of fabric.
  9. With right sides of the fabric facing I pinned the two pieces together.
  10. Starting at one end I sewed up one side and up around the top of the cushion, across one end, and up around the bottom of the cushion, down the next side and stopped leaving the one end of the cushion open.
  11. I tried the cushion cover for size and found it was fine except the curve around the top was a little generous, so I re-sewed the top making the curve a little tighter.
  12. I snipped into the top and bottom curves to give them some ease.
  13. Working with the inside of the fabric on the outside still, I folded over the raw hem twice and sewed around the edge of the open end.
  14. I sewed two poppers onto the open end.
  15. with the inside of the fabric still on the outside, I put my hand inside all the way down to the other end of the cover, grabbed the corners together with the corners of one end of the pillow, and pulled the cover all the way over the pillow.

That’s it. Now to think up another pattern for the 2nd cover…


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Christmas Wrapping Paper 2013

Corgi wearing a Christmas Hat

When designing Christmas wrapping paper for your children’s presents, you can’t really go wrong with the family pet in a santa hat, can you? Thank you Alice the corgi, I was staggered to discover I had managed to take a picture of you in which you were actually still, and looking at the camera.


Corgi Gift Wrap hot off the press

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How to Hand Roll the Edges of a Scarf

Hand rolled edges make your scarf more fluid and drapey than a scarf that has machine sewn edges. It can be a time consuming job, but not all that difficult once you get going.

Use a thin needle (a too-thick needle might pucker your fine scarf fabric) and a light weight thread. I am using a large-ish needle here and a strongly contrasting thread so that you can see more easily what is being done.

  • Thread your needle, and put a small knot in the end of it, to hold the thread in place when you start.
  • With the wrong side of your fabric facing you, fold the top of the fabric over about half a centimetre, and starting about half a centimetre in from the edge of the fabric, push the needle up under the fold and out through the top of the fold.

  • Pull the thread through until the knot catches to hold it in place. Then, continue as follows:
    1. Go vertically down, just underneath the raw hem, and pick up a small stitch from the scarf body, i.e. from one layer only.3

    2. Go vertically up, to the top of the fold: put the needle down into the top of the fold, and take it along about half a centimetre, before coming out through the top of the fold again.

  • Repeat these two steps, pulling the thread through but not pulling it tight until you have gone across that edge of the scarf. (You can pull the thread tight earlier if you like, but it can make it harder to work an even edge if you do this too frequently).


  • Finish at the corner, with your needle having come out on the top fold of the scarf edge, about a half of a centimetre in from the edge.
  • Draw the thread through tighter (but not too tight). As you do so, the edge of the scarf will roll.


  • Smooth along the rolled edge with your fingers to ensure you have not pulled the thread too tight.


Turn the corner

  • Make sure the rolled hem is rolled exactly as you want it to be right up to the edge of the scarf, and put a small stitch to hold it firmly in place.
  • Push the needle up through the fold, from the hemmed edge up through the top of the fold.


  • Pull the thread through.
  • Fold over the next side by about half a centimetre.
  • Go vertically down, just underneath the raw hem, and pick up a small stitch in what is the rolled hem of the side you have just completed, starting at the top edge of that hem.

  • Go vertically up, at the top of the fold: put the needle down into the top of the fold, through one layer only, and take it along about half a centimetre, before coming out through the top of the fold again.

  • Carry on as before a couple of times before drawing the thread through to make sure your corner works as it should. You should see a nice neat, square corner.




  • If you are happy with your corner, carry on as before to the next corner. Otherwise gently unpick the corner and try again.

When you have finished hand rolling your scarf edges, you can lightly iron those edges to make them even more flat and neat.

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