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Suede Pillow

Photography: Gentl & Hyers

Source: Blueprint, 2006


Play around with the design of these pillows -- they're just solid bases with sleeves that slide over them.

Tools and Materials

1/2 yard of fabric
1/2 yard contrasting color fabric
18-inch pillow
Sewing machine or needle and thread

Pillow How-To

1. Cut one 19-inch square and two 19-by-12-inch rectangles. Lay rectangles on square so they overlap a few inches in the middle (this will be the opening to insert the pillow). Pin all the way around; sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

2. Cut away some seam allowance by snipping diagonally across each corner. Turn right side out; insert pillow through opening. For the contrasting sleeve, cut a 19-inch square (for a 1/4 sleeve, cut a 19-by-14-inch rectangle).

3. Fold in half end to end, and sew along ends and fold (snip corners as before). Turn right side out; slip over pillow.

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