First up, congrats go out to Marybeth P. of Marshalltown, IA. She is the winner of our big Zentangle giveaway that included the soon to be released Tangle Stitches for Quilters and Fabric Artists: Relax, Meditate, and Create with Rhythmic Stitches by Jane Monk.
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And if you are planning on making some new pillow covers for the summer, or even looking ahead to fall check out this great tip for preventing "dog ears" on your pillow corners.
The knife-edge pillow is the most basic of pillow styles. At its simplest, it is two matching fabric panels sewn together around their perimeters and slipstitched closed after the pillow form is inserted. But it can be so much more! Think of this basic style as a blank canvas for creativity—you can piece the panels with contrasting fabrics, add welting, a ruffle, or trim to the edges, add interesting closures, or tuft the finished pillow.
These pillows can be square, rectangular, round, or shaped in a creative design, and stuffed with purchased pillow forms or with polyester fiberfill.
Because the center of the pillow is thicker than the edges, square and rectangular knife-edge pillows tend to develop “dog ears” on the corners. You can stuff the corners lightly with fiberfill to minimize this look, or avoid it altogether with the corner tapering technique described in steps 2 to 4, as follows.
2. To taper the corners, fold the front panel into fourths. Mark a point halfway between the corner and the fold on each open side. At the corner, mark a point 1/2" (1.3 cm) from each edge. Draw a line connecting the points.
3. Cut along the marked lines, cutting through all four layers of fabric.
4. Unfold the front panel and use it as a pattern for trimming the back.
More about the the new CPi book that can give all the seating in your house a new look:
by Karen Erickson and Carol Zentgraph
Learn how to make slipcovers to fit all different styles of furniture with The Complete Photo Guide to Slipcovers, Pillows, and Bedding. From making simple seat cushions for wooden chairs to complicated covers for sleeper sofas, this comprehensive, how-to reference covers all the options and teaches all the essential skills. Readers can easily access information with step-by-step directions and hundreds of color photos for clear understanding, and inspiring home interior photography shows slipcovered furniture pieces in real home settings.
Inside, you'll find:
Karen Erickson has been engaged in the home decor interior industry for more than 20 years. In 1986, she started Fine Finishing by Karen as a part-time home based business designing and fabricating draperies, slipcovers and other fabric accessories. In 1998, her company became a corporation with a name change to Slipcover America, Inc. (http://www.slipcoveramerica.com). She has worked with designers, decorators and retail customers throughout the United States, specializing in on-site fabrication (in customer’s homes). Karen instructs both in the U.S. and Canada doing seminars and workshops at fabric stores, for sewing guilds, in professional workrooms, and at numerous trade show and groups. In January of 2007, she partnered with Claudia Buchanan of Sew What! to start http://www.HomeFashionsU.com. She lives in Snohomish, WA.