Pillows are an easy way to add texture, layers and not to mention pops of color to any room. But pillows can be expensive and I don’t now about you, but I don’t have a lot of space to store extra pillows.
My solution to this perplexing problem…pillow covers! Ones that you can take off and easily wash and store. Ones that can be changed with the season or my mood. Ones that are unique to my home and not like the ones everyone else is buying. Ones that are easy to make.
- Material (1 yard will make 2 pillows)
- Thread to match
- Piping cord (optional)
- Buttons (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
Putting It All Together
Before I tell you how I made the covers, you need to know I also made the pillows. If you are using pillows you all ready have, you need to measure the dimensions and add a 1/2 inch for the seam allowance.
The pillows I covered are 17 inches wide and tall. In other words a square. For one side of the pillow I cut a piece of material that was 18 x 18 (I will refer to this as the square piece). That allowed for a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I cut the other side 18 x 23 (I will refer to this as the rectangle piece). This will become clearer in some steps down the road.
*TIP: If you are using a patterned material, such as the one pictured, make sure the print is going in the same direction. (for example, that the flowers are all facing the same way.) See picture below.
If you are not adding piping skip these next few directions.
If you are adding piping then…
Lay the cord on your material (I used a contrasting material).
*TIP: Don’t make my mistake and cover it with the wrong side showing. Make sure the right side is out.
cut about 1/2 inch off.
Ok we are done making the piping and sewing it on. You know you can use pre-made piping.
Lay the other back half on top of the square and overlapping the first half. (I have to admit that I cut this pillow too short. 21 inches instead of 23 so it didn’t overlap very well.) Pin it all into place.
For added details you can add buttons
Just wait till you see the ones I made for Fall! You’re gonna love them!
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