I’ve started this fun and easy-to-make envelope style pillow cover on March 24 on this BERNINA Blog: preparing all pieces by cutting them and couching/embellishing them. Now I will assemble the pieces to make the pollow cover.
The (inner) pillow measures 40x40cm. The front and back of the pillow cover should be 40x40cm + seam allowances = 42x42cm.
The pieces of denim I have embellished are ready for assembly. I have sewn a strip with fringe to the left of the square with the back pocket. I will place all seam allowances on top of each other, instead of sewing regular seams: denim is a thick fabric. To avoid even thicker seams, placing them on top of each other, and sewing this down, makes them flat.
Because the pieces with the fringes have to stand out, I have used the seam allowance (with the fringes at the end) as overlay: placing them on top/over the pocket piece, which is underneath. The overlap is aprox 1 1/2 cm. I have glued it in place (using my Bohin Glue pen again), and made a row of decorative stitches to secure the seams with my BERNINA 770QE. This will hold perfectly and lies flat.
My serger is always ‘ready’ to use whenever I need to finish a seam. Having to unpack a machine, installing it etc. takes too much time for quick use. Not everyone has enough space to leave their machines at a table, but luckely I do: my studio is my workspace, with multiple machines for all purposes.
The large denim piece with the ribbons will be placed underneath the patchwork/denim pieces, to show the lockstitches. Again, using my Bohin Glue pen to secure the overlap, and then stitching it down.
Because I am sewing close to/ almost over thick seams of the back pocket, I have used the height compensation plates. This tool will make all the difference! Placed under the presser foot before and after you have sewn over the thickest part of the seam, this tool will assist the the presser foot to remain even and retain its connection to the feed dogs. Because the pocket is to the left of my presser foot, I have placed 2 layers of the height compensation plates to the right, just underneath the presser foot. It works great.
With another piece of denim I have added a piece of bright colored yellow quilt fabric, a strip of 4 cm, glued it down with my Bohin Glue pen and locked the side seam. Adding a few decorative stitches, specially to the left of this yellow strip of fabric, makes this stand out. And adding more small ribbons with the Braiding foot #21.
BACK with ENVELOPE ENCLOSURE: Two large pieces of denim are cut to 31 x 42 cm. I will make the envelope overlap aprox. 10 cm. It can be slightly larger if you want to, but too much overlap will make it difficult to place the pillow into the cover, specially because denim is a bit stiffer than other fabrics.
Finishing the raw edge of the denim pieces with lockstitches, means I don’t have thick seams here too. Overlapping them for the envelope enclosure, securing the sides halfway the seam allowance without any pins (again, using my Bohin Glue pen) and stitching them down.
You can put anything (small enough) in there, like stuffed animals or a small book. Even you cell phone…. it’s an all-purpose pillow!
See you next time,
Sylvia’s Art Quilts Studio