here is my second project in my new series quick and easy project suitable for beginners. This time I sewed a cover for a bolster. This project only requires straight lines to be sewn, so do not worry, it really is easy to do.
What you need:
- bolster/neck roll
- fabric size depending on your bolster, but one yard will be enough, with a small pillow maybe even a fat quarter
- 1yard/90cm cord or ribbon
- sewing thread
- sewing machine
my bolster measuring around it, then add 2cm/1inch for movement and twice the seam allowance, for me that was 52 cm in total, that is measurement A
and the length
plus straight down on one end, that is measurement B
then I drew an rectangle with A and B on my piece of fabric
looks like this
testing if it really fits all around
next I drew 2 strips (of course you can do this with the same fabric, I just used another to show it better) they are A long and 10cm/4inch +twice the seam allowance wide
then I cut them
and ironed them in half
at the short ends I folded half of my seam allowance into the wrong side
and then folded it over again
and pinned the short ends that way
and sewed over it, securing my seams with a few stitches backwards and forwards at beginning and end
then folded the strips in half again and pinned them to sides A of my rectangle, they are shorter now then side A, I placed them in the middle, leaving the same amount of fabric standing over at each end
and sewed over it securing my seams again as described above
then ironed the seam allowance into my rectangel
and sewed over the seam allowances with zigzag-stitching. This way the seam allowance will stay inside the cover and not fray as much. If you have a serger you can of course overlock the seam allowances to prevent fraying at all.
now I folded my rectangle in half, right side outside
and sewed it parallel less then half of my seam allowance. For example if your seam allowance is 1.5cm you sew 0.5cm
then I turned the wrong side out
my seam looks like this so far, I ironed it flat
now I pinned my seam again
and sewed it again (securing my seams) this time with more then half of my seam allowance. in our example yo sewed first with 0.5cm and now with 1cm to have the 1.5 cm in the end again
and turning it around again
looks like a clean seam. 🙂 by the way this kind of seams are called french seams.
now I pulled it over my bolster
now I cut my cord into 2 parts that have the same length
I used tape to keep the cord together at one end
and pushed and pulled it through the tunnel of the strips
then I made knots on each end and cut the tape-end of
and did the same at the other side
my ends look like this… if you want less fabric at the end you can do the strips 6cm/2.5inch +twice the seam allowance wide
my finished bolster cover.
Do you have any questions about this? Do not hesitate to ask!
like my print? you can order it here, also in other color combinations.
keep sewing and smiling