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Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY: Easy Pillow Cover

Many of you saw my Facebook post about my weekend sewing projects. I finished 2 this weekend and 1 is still in the works. When I was younger I sewed all the time and I am finally getting back into it (thanks Mom for refreshing my memory)!

We bought new bedding and curtains for our bedroom recently and I could not find a decorative throw pillow to match. Our room is yellow, grey, blue and white and I couldn't find the perfect pillow. I didn't want it to match perfectly and I wanted it to add some life and sass to the room. So, I bought my own fabric and decided to recover an old pillow. Above is the end result! 

Project 1: Easy Pillow Cover
*If this isn't the type of pillow cover you want to make you can find many different how-to videos on YouTube.

1. Pick out your favorite fabric. Determine how much you need by the size of your pillow. 

2. Iron out all seams and wrinkles so you are working with a flat piece of fabric. 

3. Fold the fabric in half so you are working with the top and bottom of your pillow case.

4. Place your pillow on the folded piece of fabric so there is about 2-3 inches on every side of your pillow. Use a fabric pencil to draw a straight line on the open side of the folded fabric.

5. Cut along the open end of the folded fabric. DO NOT cut the fold of the fabric or else you'll end up with two separate pieces of fabric instead of one. Put the excess fabric to the side because we'll use that later in our project. 

6. Lay the fabric right side up and place your pillow in the middle. 

7. Fold the top and bottom over the pillow to make sure it closes completely. 

8. Pin the fabric together (wrong side up) so it'll stay put when you are sewing. Pin the long end of the fabric and one of the short ends. If you are working with a square pillow, pin any two sides. Keep one end open so you can stuff your pillow into it later. 

9. Sew the two pinned sides (notice the wrong side is up - very important). 

10. This is what your pillow case should look like at this point. All sides sewn except one and the right side of the fabric is on the inside. 

11. Iron the edges to make sure you are working with a flat surface. 

12. Pick up the extra piece of fabric that you cut off earlier. This fabric needs to be as wide as your pillow case and long enough to cover the side of your pillow after you stuff your pillow into the case.

13. Fold the top end of the pillow case over about an 1/2 inch and pin. This will make sure you have a nice, clean edge. On one side pin the excess piece of fabric (also with the edge folded down 1/2 inch).

 14. Sew all edges but make sure there is still an opening so you can stuff your pillow.

15. This is what your pillow case will look like at this point (looking inside).

16. Turn the fabric inside out so now the right side of the fabric is on the outside.

17. Stuff your pillow. 

18. Fold the excess fabric into the pillow case so it is covering the entire pillow. 

19. Place it where you want it! Here is my finished pillow from multiple angels.

Seriously, this is super easy and fun to make. Let me know if you have any questions!

Love, sje

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