What you'll need:
1 yard of fabric for the pillow cover
1 yard of contrasting fabric for the banding
This pillow is 24"x24"
Step 1. Cutting-Cut pillow front 25"x25", Cut pillow back 26"x26", Cut 2 bias strips that are 2" wide. Cut your bias strips twice the width of your finished banding.
Instructions for cutting bias strips can be found here. http://sew-passionate.blogspot.com/2012/01/easy-bias-strips-and-covered-welt-cord.html
Step 2. Preparing banding- After stitching your bias strips together, press the seams open. Press up 1/2" along the long edge of your bias strip.
Step 3. Banding placement- I pinned my dog silhouette to the front of my fill to find the "crown" of my pillow fill. The "crown" is the part of the pillow that is flat and can be seen when looking at the pillow from the front. I marked the crown edge with a couple pins.
Then I measured to see how far from the outer edge I needed to mark for my banding. In my case it was 3 1/2" from the raw edge. Using sewing chalk or a pencil, draw a placement line 3 1/2" in all the way around your pillow front .
Step 4. Stitching the Banding to the Pillow- I always start at the bottom right corner when adding banding to a pillow. Place a pin in the exact corner of your placement line. Cut the end of your bias strip straight across and place the edge right in the corner. Top stitch along the outer edge of the banding with the banding barely over your placement line.
Before you get to the next corner, place a pin in the exact corner. This helps mark exactly where your sewing machine needle will go down and where you will pivot your pillow to turn the corner.
Top stitch all the way up to your pin without crossing it. Pause with your needle down, lift your presser foot, pivot your pillow, and lower the presser foot again.
Continue top stitching and turning corners this way until you are approaching the final corner where you started stitching. Pause a few inches from the final corner with your needle down and cut the end of your bias strip off 1//8" past the corner.
Tuck this 1/8" under and top stitch to the corner taking a few back stitches to secure and end your stitching.
Push this top layer of banding out of the way and begin top stitching the inner edge of your banding.
Before you reach the first corner, again, pause with your needle down. Push the banding over to the left, then fold the left banding over the it forming a miter. You may need to fold more under to form a perfect miter in the corner. Put a pin through the 2 layers at the corner to keep it secure until you stitch around the corner.
Stitch up to the corner, leave needle down, lift presser foot, pivot around corner, lower presser foot and continue stitching around the other two corners this way.
When you approach the final corner, pause with the needle down. Keeping the 1/8" folded under, fold the end under diagonally forming the final mitered corner. You might have to put more pins in this one to keep the end secure until you stitch it. Back stitch to secure. With needle down in the inside corner, pivot pillow again and top stitch along the diagonal part of the mitered end. This keeps it secure and flat.
I always go around and stitch the rest of miters to keep them flat.
Step 5. Pillow construction- You can find the remaining instructions here: http://sew-passionate.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-sew-basic-pillow.html
Fabric banding is a fairly easy detail that you can add to any of your pillows to give them a custom look. I always cut mine on the bias because they tend to lay flatter and turn corners better than if they were cut on the straight grain.
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