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FINAL Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge #12 - Messenger Bag

Fat Quarter Gang - Scruffily Pillow Cover by P.S. I Quilt

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Hey y'all.
Rachel here from PS I Quilt.
Today I'm gonna show y'all a SUPER quick & easy way to make pillow covers.

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My fabrics of choice are these lovelies ...

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What y'all will need:
8 assorted Art Gallery Fabric fat quarters of choice.

2 pillow forms, 16 x 16
 
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Pick 4 fat quarters for pillow cover number one.
Plan out which order you would like the fabrics to appear on your pillow.

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Repeat the same thing for pillow cover number two.
 
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For each pillow you will need:
1 square, 16 1/2" x 16 1/2"
1 square, 12" x 12"
1 square, 8" x 8"
1 square, 4" x 4"
1 rectangle, 10" x 16 1/2" (for backing)
1 rectangle, 8" x 16 1/2" (for backing)
 
Lay your squares out in order of smallest to biggest.
You don't have to make sure that your squares are perfectly centered, unless you want.
Feel free to lay your squares as straight or as wonky as your little heart desires. 

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Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch around the center square.
Repeat this for all three layered squares.
And voila ... your pillow cover top is finito.


Note: I stack all four of my squares together and start working from the inside out.
Feel free to work from the outside in, while only layering one square at a time.
Whatever works best for you.
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Now we're going to make an envelope backing for your pillow.
Take your 10" x 16 1/2" rectangle and make about a 1/4" fold along the long side.
Press.

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Fold that fold over another 1/4" to create a hem.
Press. 

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Repeat the hemming process for the 8" x 16 1/2" rectangle.
Stitch both hems.
 
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We're going to make a mini sandwhich.
Lay pillow top down with the right side facing up.
Lay one hemmed rectangle on the left side of the pillow top, right sides together.
Lay the second hemmed rectangle on the right side of the pillow top, right sides together.
Pin.

Note: The hems of the rectangles are supposed to overlap each other.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch around all four sides of pillow cover.
 
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Turn pillow covers right sides out.
Wash to give them more of a scruffily look, then insert pillow forms.
OR go ahead and insert your pillow forms and trust that your kids will rough them up just as well as your washing machine. ;)
 
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These are SO quick to whip up, y'all can easily make these for ANY holiday or room in your house.
And they're perfect to have on hand for quick christmas &/or hostess gifts.

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Hope y'all enjoy.

Rachel Griffith
www.psiquilt.com

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