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Throw Pillow #1 Tutorial: Color Block

I found some really sweet chevron cotton prints in L.A. that I have been wanting to replace our pillows with.  Our couch originally came with two of them, and while L seems to like them, they just don’t fit in with the rest of the room.  I will be doing a series of throw pillows – from a simple pillowcase with a contrasting strip down the center to other embellishments you can use to perk up your decor!
To get started I will show you how I made this simple pillowcase for an 18″x18″ pillow form.
Cut two pieces of fabric 19″x13″.  Turn and press one of the longer edges 1/2″ towards the wrong side of the fabric.  Turn that same edge 1-1/2″ and press.  Sew along the inner edge.  Set aside.
For the front, you will need to cut two pieces of fabric 19″x9″, and one piece of contrasting fabric 19″x3″.

Line up one of the main front pieces with the contrasting piece, making sure that right sides are together.  Sew with 1/2″ seam allowance.  Do the same with the last piece, so you end up with a strip of fabric in the center.

Press seams open and then press seams towards the sides of the pillow.

Cut away excess fabric from the seam allowance.

Topstitch along the seam.

Lay the front piece down on a flat surface with the right side facing up.

Lay one back piece down on top, lining up the side seams with the right side facing down.

Do the same with the back piece on the opposite side.  Sew all along the edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Press seams, cut the corners and turn inside out.  Insert pillow-form and marvel at your creation!

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