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    How to sew a latch hook pillow back - Insert the pillow form into the pillow cover with the hemmed edges acting as fixed -flaps- .

    karen posted Message 1363 in the CraftPals Sewing BB
    Dated : January 22, 1999 at 02:09:52
    Subject: Latch hook pillow back

    The following is for a machine sewn back that is easy.

    13" x 13" pillow form - can use a 14" form that will be hard for laying upon.
    Complimentary fabric that looks good against the yarns of the pillow front.
    Matching thread - this will show on hems of back.

    1. Cut 2 pieces the width of the pillow + 1"; the length of each piece will be 2/3 the height of the pillow, or about 8".

    2. Make a shirttail hem on each piece by turning the edge under to the wrong side 1/4", then again, and sew. You can use a decorative stitch, as this part will show on one of the pieces.

    3. Lay right side of first piece of fabric on right side of pillow front and pin around the cut edges, with the hemmed side loose in the middle of the pillow. Follow the same procedure with the second piece on the uncovered edge of the pillow front.

    4. Sew around the edges with a 1/2" seam. Trim corners - but not too close, and turn to the right side.

    5. Insert the pillow form into the pillow cover with the hemmed edges acting as fixed "flaps" that hold the pillow form inside. It will be tight, but that way it won't slip out easily.


    You could place a zipper between the two edges instead of making flaps, but personally since discovering this method, I don't choose to use any other most of the time.

    If you choose the zipper, you might make a 2" strip, then an 11" strip, adding 1" seam allowances to each piece. Place zipper between the two using the center method of application. Then attach the back to the front as before.

    If you use the larger 14" form, consider using a sturdy metal zipper instead of the poly zippers for strength and durability. The stiffness of the "heavy" yarn front, and the tension of the larger pillow form, might "pop" the poly or nylon zippers apart.

    If these directions are unclear or confusing, just post and I'll try to clear them up. Also, I'm quite sure there are many out there who would have suggestions, also. Enjoy!