Raise your hand if you are as addicted to throw pillows as I am! I think they are THE BEST way to change the whole look of your home’s decor for the least amount of money. You can even change them up seasonally – brights are fun in the summer, and jewel tones and fuzzy pillows are lovely for winter. Today I’d like to share with you a new video tutorial that guides you through how to sew professional looking throw pillow covers that have piped edges and a hidden back zipper.Continue reading
When I’m in need of a very quick decor change in my home, I buy a little bit of new fabric and whip up a couple of throw pillow covers. Basic throw pillow covers are so easy to sew, and let me tell you – they can change the look of a room completely! My mom even has seasonal throw pillows – aqua blue for summer and deep red for winter.
This method of sewing pillows is a great beginner’s project. It only requires sewing straight lines and there’s a little bit of hand stitching at the end. Since there is no zipper or buttons, the case is stitched shut after the pillow form is inserted. Most pillows can be thrown into the wash all together (pillow form and all). Here’s how to make these easy cases:
For the pictured pillow, I used 1/2 yard each of two different fabrics to make two pillows – one fabric for the front and one for the back. It was my friend’s idea and I thought it was great! You could flip the pillows over dependent on what sort of mood you are in.
For an 18″ wide pillow, cut two squares of fabric measuring 18 x 18 inches. I don’t cut them larger for a seam allowance. I find making the pillow covers slightly smaller than the pillow forms makes the pillows nice and full looking.
Lay one piece over the other piece, right sides together & pin. Machine stitch around the edge, leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance and an opening on one side of at least 10 inches (don’t make it too small – I’ve made that mistake so many times). Trim the corners as above (so that there isn’t excess fabric in the corners when the cover is flipped to the right side).
Flip the cover to the right side. Stuff the pillow form in. Stitch the opening closed by hand.
That’s it! Seriously! It’s such a simple method and this little project can pack a huge punch in your home decor scheme.
Here’s one of my current favourite throw pillows made using this method. It looks extra fancy because I used some of this impressive-looking rosette fabric instead of regular cotton decor fabric: Splenda Satin Ribbon Rosette Yellow. Isn’t it neat how different a pillow can look with a change in colour, pattern or texture?