My husband and I are sleep on a TEMPUR Memory foam mattress and pillows, and we have never slept so well anywhere else than in our own bed. Every vacation acts as a strong reminder when we wake up with back aches and stiff necks :)
BUT! The pillows of this brand have such an odd shape that none of the standard pillow covers will ever fit, hence it affects your comfort and it can even be a bit annoying when a too tight cover squeezes the pillow too much or in case it’s too loose, it just looks odd. And here in the place where I live, of course, they sell the pillows but not the covers. Since ordering online is not an option for various reasons, and because I enjoy doing such things myself, I took out my Pfaff machine and came up with a sewing pattern.
I thought I share this pattern with the world as probably other people encounter the same issues. You can follow my tutorial if you like, but you will have to measure your pillow first.
I am starting with my husband’s pillow for tummy sleepers:
The tummy sleeper pillow in its original standard cover.
1. The Fabric
First you will have to buy some fabric. Hopefully you know a store nearby where you can get some advice. I did not have much of a choice here due to where I live, so I chose a Japanese shirt cotton in a very fine quality. I think almost any cotton will do, as long as it’s not too rough, see-through or too thick and massive. I bought 2 yards, because I wanted to make more than one cover. For one cover 1 yard should do, but please measure your pillow first and do the math yourself, just to be sure.
Once you have bought your fabric, wash it, iron it and lay it out, folded into half along the selvage.
2. The Pattern
Put the original pillow cover onto a sheet of paper and copy the outline shape onto the paper. I took out the actual pillow when I did this to make sure that I get an exact copy of the shape and drew along the seams. I also marked the points on the left and the right where the zipper is put in, which will be the opening.
Additionally, I did measure both the cushion cover and the paper copy afterwards. – Measure twice, cut once!
Now, cut out the paper copy and lay it out onto your piece of fabric.
Copying the sewing pattern
Fix the paper copy with pins to the fabric – make sure to pin through both layers of your fabric!
Fix the paper copy with pins to the fabric
Then add the trim line at 15mm all around. Make sure to transfer the markings for the opening (zipper).
Add the trim line
15 mm trim line all around
When you are finished, take a deep breath, make sure there are no creases underneath the pattern, and cut it out along the 15mm trim line!
Cut out the shape
For the parts which are in between the two cover pieces take you fabric, still folded into half, and mark up rectangular pieces onto the fabric. I assumed 45 mm for the final size needed which is the height of your pillow so to speak. Therefore, I added 15 mm all around and that makes a total of 75 mm. The length will be according to the size of your pillow – you have to measure – in my case this was 2080 mm which I had to split into two pieces since the fabric wasn’t long enough. But that’s no issue at all and more economic to make up one piece from two small ones rather than buying such a long piece of fabric which would just create a lot of waste which you probably won’t ever use for anything.
Zipper or Buttons? I figured out this one while I was already all the way into sewing. The shops here don’t have 700 mm long seamless zippers, so I had to change plans and go for buttons and button holes. If you are also opting for buttons, then you need an extra piece of fabric which I will call button flap further down in this tutorial. I made it 700 x 75 mm in size. From these 75 mm you need 15 mm for sewing it to the cover, and then you fold in twice along the opposite side so you end up with a total width of 30 mm where you will attach your buttons. I hope all this makes sense :)
The pieces for the sides
75 mm width including trim 15 mm all around
Once you have marked it all up on the fabric, pin the two layers of fabric together and cut them out along your trim marks.
Pin them together and cut them out
3. The Sewing
Now all pieces are cut out. Stitch the two side pieces together on one small side, along a 15 mm line. Iron the seam.
Pin the fabric pieces together
Now you can pin the one big side piece onto one of the cover pieces. Putting small “indents” (= cuts) helps to lay the odd shaped cover onto the straight side pieces.
Putting small “indents” helps to lay the odd shaped fabric onto the straight side pieces
After this you can stitch the side piece and the cover together keeping 15 mm distance from the edge of the fabric.
Sew the pieces together along the 15 mm line
Make a clean seam with an over-lock stitch from your machine’s program. If you don’t do this the fabric threads will slowly but steadily come off and eventually deteriorate the seams.
Make a clean seam with an overlock stitch from your machine’s programme
Cut off the fabric that is left over.
Cut off fabric along the overlook stitch
After this step you put together the other cover piece with the side piece. Make sure to not stitch together these pieces between the zipper/opening marks.
Side piece: Along the zipper/opening you will have to just fold in 15 mm and stitch. Best is to fold twice, so 5 mm and then again 10 mm so that you have a clean seam on the open edge.
Cover: Along the zipper/opening attach the button flap and stitch at 15 mm.
Leave the opening open, attach the button flap.
Here you see the button flap which I am holding in my hand and a bit of the opposite side where the side pieces is folded and ready to be stitched
With a piece of scrap fabric do a test run of the button hole program to figure out which one you like and works well.
Trial piece for button holes
Here you see how the machine adjusts the button hole length to the size of the button
Once you have done the testing take your pillow cover and do the button holes! I chose 6 buttons and spread them out equally along the side. Then I marked up the center of these buttons with a pin, drew a small dot with a fabric marker and transferred these points onto the side piece, where I put the button holes.
And last, stitch the buttons to the button flap. You can either do this conveniently with the machine as I did or by hand.
4. The Pillow Case
The button flap sits nicely
I added 3 small crowns from my embroidery program on the top side of the pillow cover. Looks cute on the otherwise plain white cover.
A small embroidery
Tadaaaaa! The pillow case fits the cushion nicely though I have to admit, I have to learn how to better get this shape stitched together. There shouldn’t be any small creases along the seams, but ultimately I am not a professional tailor or seamstress ;-)
The pillow case
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that it’s not too hard for you to follow my instructions.