KUBA CLOTH PILLOW PROJECT: PART 2

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The Kuba cloth pillow cover DIY project took me about four hours to complete. That's a long time just to make a square pillow. I found the Kuba cloth flat weave easy to handle, but because I took extra care at each step, including cutting the Kuba cloth, it was a lengthier process than normal.
​photo: Morrissey Fabric
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Continuing from part one of this Kuba cloth pillow cover tutorial, let's revisit the zipper. I stated that I have an old habit of baste stitching the zipper seam closed prior to sewing in the zipper. The photo of the Kuba cloth pillow cover above shows how I then pinned the zipper in place.
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Since this Kuba cloth pillow cover is a high-end project, I attached finished ends at the top and bottom of the zipper. This is only necessary if you are using upholstery zipper yardage rather than a finished length zipper that already has a zipper stop. Or you can skip this step and simply bar tack or hot glue the ends to prevent the zipper pull from sliding off. When the Kuba cloth pillow cover is closed this detail won't be visible.
​photos: Morrissey Fabric

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Im spending a lot of time on the zipper because it isn't an easy step for many people. The photo above right shows the Kuba cloth pillow cover with the zipper seam basting stitch still in place. This is a good time to fix any crooked sewing if you are not happy with how you attached your zipper. If you are satisfied with your stitching, carefully open the basting stitch to expose the Kuba cloth pillow cover zipper. See upper left photo.

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Now that your zipper is sewn into the Kuba cloth pillow cover, you can complete the rest of the pillow. With right sides of the Kuba cloth and linen facing together finish sewing the remaining three sides. Stitching a slightly rounded corner rather than a perfect 90 degree angle will result in a cleaner looking corner when working with a textile as heavy as Kuba cloth.
Once you have your finished Kuba cloth pillow cover complete, stuff with a pillow insert at least two inches larger than the Kuba cloth pillow cover. This Kuba cloth pillow cover finished at 22 in. X 22 in. so I inserted a 26 in. X 26 inch down filler. This is a bit extreme, but I wanted a really stuffed look to support the Kuba cloth rather than a soft finish.
​photo: Morrissey Fabric

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The final result is a one of a kind Kuba cloth pillow cover to suit many interior styles and color pallets. I hope some of my instructions inspired you to try making your own Kuba cloth pillow cover. And don't forget there are many ways to complete a pillow cover if you don't want to attach a zipper. You can always skip this step completely and hand stitch closed your Kuba cloth pillow cover.
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