I love knitted pillow covers, and have been thinking of ways to make one for awhile. I don’t knit and I really don’t have room for a big pillow. I just wanted a medium sized pillow to give my room some cozy ambiance.
A few months ago I found this wool scarf at a thrift store for $3. It was in good shape, in a good neutral color and for $3 I had nothing to lose.
The materials you will need for this project are:
fabric and thread
My pillow insert measured 12″ x 17″. I chose dark fabric to sew the scarf to, in case it showed through the knitted stitches. I cut this fabric to 13″ x 18″ to provide extra room for the seams.
Without cutting the scarf, I laid it on this rectangle and pinned it. The width of the scarf was exactly one half of the width of the fabric.
The first time I do a project I always learn something. This time I learned that it is best to start sewing on the side of the scarf that is in the middle of the fabric. My scarf had a lot of give to it and by starting in the middle, you can smooth that extra give to the outer edges.
I did not do this and my knitted rows are a little slanted.
After all 4 sides are sewn, cut the scarf with your scissors and do the same thing on the vacant side of the rectangle.
Now you have your pillow cover. ( I forgot to take pictures of this step.)
For the back of the cover, I always make an envelope fold.
I cut two pieces of fabric which is the height of my insert and which will overlap on the back. For my insert which is 12 x 17, I cut one fabric piece that is 13″ x 8″ and one 13″ x 14″.
I ironed one side of the 8″ side and hemmed it.
Then I did the same on the 14″ side of the other piece of fabric.
I then pinned the two pieces of fabric to the knitted side of the pillow cover.
It is important that the two pieces of fabric overlap. Then with your sewing machine sew all around the edges. Before I sew, I measure my insert and my pinned project to be sure all is pinned correctly. Then I sew.
Turn your cover right side out.
As you see there is bunching in the middle of the knitted top. Sewing this side down first will help with that.
It’s not perfect, but I am pretty happy with the result.
See how to make a knitted pillow from a sweater here.
This was a good project for the snow day we had this week.
We were just starting to look forward to spring around here when we were plunged back into coldest winter!
Has spring arrived in your area yet?