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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Sewing Square Scatter Cushion Pillow Covers

I was presented with the opportunity to spend three months in idyllic Hondeklipbaai on the West Coast of South Africa. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. The original idea was to spend my time writing and painting, but it turned out that the stay would have much more to offer. Upon my arrival in Cape Town, I learned that the friend at whose house I'd be staying, needed to refurbish a cottage that she was renting out. We spent a couple of days buying everything that was needed, but I suggested I make her some Scatter Cushion pillowcases, rather than settling for what was available in the market. In today's blog I show you how to make pillowcases for square scatter cushions.

Lynette did not spare any expense when it came to buying fabric for the pillowcases. At a couple of hundred rand a meter, I would have to make sure that I measured accurately before cutting.

The scatter cushions in the cottage turned out to be in less than perfect condition and in the end Lynnette opted to buy brand new inners for the scatter cushions as well. These inners measured 60 cm x 60 cm each.

As I had no fabric to spare, careful measurements needed to be taken, to which I needed to add seam allowances as well as a fold-over at the opening.

I was finally ready to cut into the fabric.

When sewing the pillowcases, start by pinning a rolled hem (fold the hem over twice) at both ends of the pillowcases' openings.

Sew these hems.

Pin the bottoms together with right sides facing.

Sew or overlock the bottom seams.

As these pillowcases would be going into a cottage that would be rented out, I sewed all of the overlocked seams as well to strengthen the seams.

Measure a 5 cm fold-over (if you have enough fabric, 15 cm would be better), and pin with right sides facing.

Pin the sides of the together with right sides facing.

Turn the pillowcase right side out and insert the pillow.

If you were able to sew a proper sized fold-over, you would not have a gaping opening as I did.

Press studs would secure the opening.

Sew the press studs on by hand. Two per pillowcase should suffice.

The pillowcase is finally ready to go onto the bed.

A set of four pillowcases ready to go into the cottage.

Fisherman's Cottage is a charming cottage with a lovely view on the bay in Hondeklipbaai. If you ever find your way over there and are looking for a place to stay, you should consider Fisherman's Cottage as an option. For bookings, give Rina a call at 072 493 0757.

The newly refurbished room at Fisherman's Cottage.

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