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the great cover-up make a fuzzy fleece pillow cover 
by Yee-Fan Sun
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Unlike seemingly every other sort of fabric stocked at a regular fabric store, fleece comes in a dazzling array of saturated, happy-smily-fun colors. Sure, you can get the sedate navies and burgundies and beiges if you like, but tangerine, lime and hot pink also become options. Fleece also has a touch-me-fuzzy texture that lends it a more interesting look-and-feel than a straightforward cotton would in a similar solid hue. Best of all, fleece has two properties which make it might easy to use for those of us who aren't exactly sewing geniuses: it doesn't fray, and it has a bit of stretch. The first fact means you don't have to worry about hemming your cut edges; just snip your fabric to size, and use as is. And the stretchy factor means that should you accidentally measure incorrectly, and your finished product ends up a little smaller than you intended, it'll probably work just fine.

This is pretty much the simplest pillow cover you could possibly make. As it only requires making two long, reasonably straight stitches, you don't even need a sewing machine, and once you get into the rhythm of the sewing, you should easily be able to polish off a few of these covers in an evening.

what you'll need
fleece fabric
matching thread
pillow to cover

1 Measure your pillow. Write down the length, L, and the width, W. You'll need this much fabric per pillow:

Fabric width = W + "
Fabric length = 2L + 5"


Mosey on down to your favorite neighborhood fabric shop and pick up your fleece. Don't forget to look in the remnants bins first to see if you can find any good deals.

2 Cut your fabric to size as necessary. Save the scraps -- if you accumulate enough, you can stitch them together to make a small quilt.

3 Place the fabric right-side-up on a clean flat work surface. You can generally tell which side is the right side with polar fleece by looking at the finished edges; the right side will be rolled up and towards you rather than away. If you look carefully, you'll also notice that the texture just looks a little nicer and fluffier on one side than the other.

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