It worked. Nice, huh?
I also made this pillow for my sister. She is decorating her house in the cutest, brightest colors. It is like a breath of fresh air walking in, and the pillow is an accent in a yellow room. The secret to a good-looking pillow cover is a tight fit. Because this was a really nice polyester pillowform, I cut the pieces 1" smaller than the pillow size. 1/2" seam allowances resulted in a pillow form 2" smaller than the pillow, and it is nice and tight, but still smooshable! Don't use this method with the stiff pillow forms from JoAnn... trust me :)
I made the pillow with a zipper closure (invisible zipper... but I didn't have the special foot so it is slightly visible :)), but if you want to know how to make a pillow without a zipper, I recommend this tutorial by Homemade by Jill.
I'm off to the store to buy fabric... I know, I know. But the quilt shop nearest me is discontinuing their fabric and everything is 40 % off. Heather Bailey? 40% off? I'm so there.