After cutting your pieces lay your two back pieces out and pin a 1/2-1″ hem on each one on one long side. I just roll the hem twice, and eyeball the measuring. It doesn’t have to be exact.
Now, lay your top piece out right side up.
Put one back piece on top of the top piece. Line up the outside corners and sides and pin. The part you hemmed should be near the middle.
Now lay your other back piece on top of the top piece. Again lining up the outside corners and sides. Pin all around the outside.
You can see here how the back pieces over lap.
Now, stitch around the outside. I usually go over the overlapped area a couple of times. This will be where your seam gets tugged on when you are putting your pillow in.
Next I zig zag all around. This isn’t always necessary but I like to do it as it makes for tidier seams. Also, I used printed cotton duck and that tends to unravel.
You can sew on snaps to help keep the back closed. I’ve tried buttons but they tend to not hold up well in my home.
Voila! You now have a “new” pillow.
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