Finishing your latch hook: pillow

These steps will turn your finished latch hook piece into a envelope pillow case that can be filled with a pillow form. This method will work for any shape or size pillow and is suited for those who are familiar with sewing and have access to a machine.

Read through the entire instructions & gather all your supplies before beginning. Questions? Contact us for help.

Supplies needed:

  • finished latch hook piece
  • scissors
  • pattern paper & pencil or pen
  • half yard of backing fabric
  • pillow form

    Notes on supplies:

    Pattern paper: I used newsprint from a large 18″ x 24″ pad I have. You could also use newspaper, large paper grocery bags, butcher paper, or even official pattern paper that comes on a roll like this.

    Backing fabric: Avoid lightweight fabrics. Now’s the time to use adorable quiting cottons or other home decor styles.

    Pillow form: It is recommended to purchase a pillow form 2 or so inches larger than the finished measurement of your piece to ensure it is nice and plump. Another option (the one I took) is to sew and stuff your own pillow form. Instructions for sewing your own pillow form can be found here

    Making the pattern pieces

    1: Trim the canvas to leave an unworked three-hole margin.

    Cut out a piece of paper that matches the size and shape of your finished latch hook piece, not including the margin.

    Tracing is easiest for me. You could also measure and use a compass to draw the right sized circle, or use a mixing bowl that is the correct size. Our pieces should measure 11″ wide once complete.  

    2: Take your circle, fold in half and cut along the fold. 

    3: Now we need to add seam allowance and the overlap to our pattern pieces.

    Take one half-circle and tape on pattern paper.

    Add seam allowance to the curved edge (I used a half-inch seam allowance).

    Determine the size overlap you would like. For a pillow this size, I used 2 inches. Adding the 1/2″ seam allowance means I need to add 2 1/2″ total to the straight edge. 

    Cut out pattern piece.

    Cutting fabric and assembly

    1: Cut two of the pattern pieces.

    You can fold the fabric in half or cut them seperately. If your fabric is directional, they will need to be cut seperately or one side of the pillow will be upside down.

    Take it from me, I cut my second piece upside down twice. TWICE! 

    2: Next, hem each piece along the straight edge.

    Fold under the seam allowance, press, and stitch.

    3: Now we need to line up our backing pieces against the latch hook to make sure our overlap is accurate.

    Overlap the pieces by the length you decided when making the pattern piece (2″ here) and line up with your finished latch hook piece, leaving enough room for your seam allowance. Adjust if needed, then pin the overlapped back fabric together.

    See image below for a closeup of how your edges should look: a 1/2″ seam allowance of fabric should extend past the finished latch hook.

    3: Baste the backing pieces together along both straight edges. This way your backing will stay the correct size while you attach it to the latch hook canvas.

    Place the backing piece and latch hook canvas right sides together. Pin together evenly at four points around the piece, pushing the latch hook yarn towards the center. 

    4: To sew the pieces together, I started with a straight stitch all around the piece as close to the hooked canvas as possible, making sure to push all the latch hook yarn out of the way. See image below.

    After the first pass, I switched to a zig-zag stitch to get even closer to the edges of the hooked canvas. To prevent seeing any of the canvas on the finished pillow, the zig zag stitch has to grab inside the same “square” as the hooked yarn. I went around my pillow several times to get as close as possible. 

     

    Finishing

    Remove basting stitches and turn inside out. 

     

    Insert pillow form and fluff!