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MODERN BLUSH: Add upscale style to your home with easy quilted pillow covers. Learn basic quilting techniques and how to use chenille trim for an added layer of texture.

QUILTED PILLOW

Skill level: Beginner

SUPPLIES

Supplies listed are enough to make one pillow cover.

* 5/8 yard of at least 45"-wide fabric

* Two 21" square batting pieces

* Matching all-purpose thread

* 18"-long invisible zipper

* Water-soluble fabric marker

* 20" square pillow form

* Presser feet: zipper foot, walking foot (optional) & invisible zipper (optional)

* Straight clear ruler (optional)

* Hand-sewing needle or basting safety pins (optional)

* Serger (optional)

CUT

Prewash, dry and press the fabric.

From the fabric, cut two 21" squares. Designate one square as the pillow front and the other as the pillow back.

CONSTRUCT

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Draw a diagonal straight line from the lower-left corner to the upper-right corner using a water-soluble fabric marker. Draw lines spaced 2 1/2" apart from the first line in both directions.

Repeat to mark diagonal lines from the lower-right corner to the upper-right corner.

Position the pillow front right side up over one batting square. Baste the layers together between the lines using thread, straight pins or basting safety pins.

Install a walking foot onto the machine and select a 4mm stitch length. Topstitch over the pillow lines.

Repeat to create the pillow back.

Trim the batting even with each pillow perimeter.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Center one zipper tape edge over the front-panel lower edge with right sides together, extending each zipper short end beyond the panel sides; pin.

Mark 2" from each side edge on the zipper. Open the zipper.

Install an invisible zipper foot onto the machine. Stitch the zipper, beginning and ending at the marks. If using a regular zipper foot, roll the zipper teeth open and stitch as close to the zipper teeth as possible.

Close the zipper. Position the opposite zipper tape edge over the pillow-back lower edge with right sides together, aligning the front and back panel sides; pin.

Mark 2" from each side edge on the zipper. Open the zipper. Stitch the zipper, beginning and ending at the marks.

Open the zipper halfway. Align the front and back panels together with right sides together; pin.

Install a zipper foot onto the machine. To prevent a dog-eared pillow corner, beginning from one zipper stitching end point, stitch along the zipper, angling the seam allowance to 3/4" at the corner.

Repeat to stitch the opposite zipper end.

Stitch the pillow perimeter, angling the seam allowance to 3/4" at each corner (1).

Trim the corners slightly to reduce bulk. Serge- or zigzag-finish the pillowcase perimeter, excluding the lower edge.

Open the zipper. Insert the pillow form into the pillowcase. Close the zipper.

Use a damp cloth to remove the fabric marker lines.

CHENILLE PILLOW

Skill level: Beginner

SUPPLIES

Supplies listed are enough to make one pillow cover.

* 5/8 yard of at least 45"-wide fabric

* Two 21" square batting pieces

* Two 20-yard packages of 5/8"-wide chenille trim (See "Sources.")

* Matching all-purpose thread

* 18"-long invisible zipper

* Water-soluble fabric marker

* 20" square pillow form

* Presser feet: zipper foot, walking foot (optional) b invisible zipper (optional)

* Straight clear ruler (optional)

* Hand-sewing needle or basting safety pins (optional)

* Serger (optional)

CUT

Prewash, dry and press the fabric.

From the fabric, cut two 21" squares. Designate one square as the pillow front and the other as the pillow back.

CONSTRUCT

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Position the pillow front right side up on a flat work surface. Draw a diagonal straight line 2" from the lower-left corner to the upper-right corner using a water-soluble fabric marker (2).

Draw lines spaced 4" apart from the first line in both directions.

Repeat to mark diagonal lines from the lower-right corner to the upper-right corner.

Position the pillow front right side up over one batting square. Baste the layers together between the lines using thread, straight pins or basting safety pins.

Install a walking foot onto the machine and select a 4mm stitch length. Center two chenille trim lengths over one marked line, extending the trim ends just beyond the pillow perimeter.

Topstitch along the trim lengthwise center.

Repeat to attach trim to the remaining lines (3).

Trim the chenille ends even with the pillow perimeter.

Repeat to create the pillow back.

Trim the batting even with each pillow perimeter.

Finish constructing the pillow according to the Quilted Pillow instructions.

Wash and dry the pillow cover with a few towels to fray and fluff the chenille trim.

SOURCE

Dritz carries Make Your Own Chenille trim: dritz.com.

BY JENNIFER KEMPLER
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