Cutting the Fabric
Refer back to the measurements of your pillow that you used to determine the amount of fabric needed.
Add one inch to each of those measurements [Both length (L) and width (W)]
Before you cut, be sure your fabric is running in the desired direction!!!
Cut the fabric equal to 2 x W (width) and 1 x L (length) plus the 1 inch.
Mark which side is L and which side is W with a water soluble marker to avoid getting confused.
With the wrong sides together, fold the contrast trim fabric (which should measure 9 inches wide) in half lengthwise, matching the long edges.
Iron, giving it a good crisp crease.
Pin the raw edge of the contrast trim strip to the right side of the pillow fabric marked side W.
Stitch the contrast trim strip to the pillow in a 1/4 inch seam.
Press the seam toward the pillow case. Since this edge is prone to raveling, it can be overlocked and topstitched in place if desired.
Trim the band so it is the same width as the main pillow fabric.
French Seams: To give the inside of the pillow a cleaner look, I use a simple French seam. It adds a professional touch to the finished item.
Fold the fabric wrong sides together. Fabric should be folded so it is in a pillowcase shape!
Stitch the 1 long edge of the pillowcase in a 1/4 inch seam.
Now, place the edge you just stitched with the right sides together and stitch 3/8 of an inch from the edge. This will enclose the raw edges inside the seam and give you a nice finished look to the pillow. If threads are hanging out of the seam on the right side of the pillow, just stitch in a 1/2 inch seam instead of 3/8.
Now, place the bottom ends right sides together and stitch in a 3/8 seam.
Turn your pillowcase right side out and press.
That's it! You're finished! Now, sit back and admire your handy work!