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
My Little C (4 years old) is quite the fashionista and decorator already.
Her favourite colour is dark purple, and the second runner up is hot pink.
For her new room in our new house, she requested that it be her favourite colours. I convinced her to throw a bit of turquoise in the scheme, and we agreed upon a purple, hot pink and turquoise bedroom decorated in hearts and flowers. What a girl!
What makes these DIY pillows look so special when they’re really quite easy to sew is the fun fabric! For the faux fur ones, I just used the fur on one side and used a plain broadcloth on the other. The satin ribbon rosette fabric is so lovely – it has so much texture and it looks like I could have fashioned the rosettes by hand (but I didn’t – so easy)!
The best thing about having a mom who’s currently obsessed with sewing pillow covers? Pillow forts!
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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?
I’m working on giving my master bedroom a little makeover this spring. I love the look of decorative cushions in fun colours, and they do wonders for changing the look of a room! These pillow covers were based off of a pillow cover I had purchased with a buttoned opening on the back. I loved the buttons so much that I decided that the buttons should be on the front side!
This tutorial is really simple. I found the hardest parts were ensuring the measurements were correct and sewing the button holes (I avoid any type of closure sewing – buttons, zippers, all of them). But once you make one, you’ll want to make a half dozen for your home! They are a quick little project to brighten up your living room, your baby’s room, or your bedroom.
Square pillow form
1/2 yard cotton decor fabric (or a full yard if your pillow is larger than 16 inches)
3 buttons (3/4″ to 1″ wide)
I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:
Measure your pillow form from end to end. For my master bedroom project so far, I purchased and measured one 20″ pillow form and two 17″ pillow forms.
One side of the pillow is plain, so cut one square of fabric that is ONE INCH larger than your pillow form measurement (to allow for 1/2″ seam allowances). If you want to center a pattern from your fabric on the pillow, keep this in mind when cutting (above, I centered a yellow flower on the back piece).
Multiply your pillow width by 0.66 (2/3). Add 6″ to this measurement (for a seam allowance and fold + an extra 3″ to go beneath the large piece for the button placket). This is the width your large front piece, which is approximately 2/3 of the pillow width (the length is the same as your back piece/pillow form length). The button holes will go on the hemmed edge of this piece. Measure twice and cut once, keeping in mind fabric pattern placement!
Multiply your pillow width by 0.33 (1/3). Add 3″ to this measurement (for a seam allowance and fold) . This is the width your small front piece, which is approximately 1/3 of the pillow width (the length is the same as your back piece/pillow form length). The buttons will be sewn on the hemmed edge of this piece. Measure twice and cut once!
Now you will be sewing the large hems on the front pieces for the button placket. On each front piece, using the side that is the regular pillow form width, turn the raw edge over 1/2″ and press. Then, turn again 2 1/2″. Press. Sew along this hem, approximately 1/8″ from the fold.
Lay the larger piece over top of the small piece with the hems facing eachother. The large piece should then overlap the smaller piece by 2 1/2″, covering the lower piece’s hem. Pin at the ends to secure, then stay-stitch the ends 1/4″ from the raw edges.
Now, lay this front piece over the previously cut back piece, right sides together. The nice thing about this project is that if you measured the front pieces incorrectly, you can trim either side at this point to match the front piece! Pin around the perimeter, then sew the pieces together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim the corners at an angle (this gives a nice crisp corner when turned right-side-out).
Turn the pillow right-side-out through the opening. Poke the corners out. Next, find the center of the top button placket using a measuring tape. Mark the center with a pin near the hem sewing line. Using another pin, mark your button’s width directly below that (example: if your button measures 3/4″ inch, put a pin 3/4″ below the first pin) to mark where your button hole begins and ends.
I unfortunately have a manual button holer on my machine, so I have to use this marking process. If you have an automatic button holer – bonus! Follow the directions on your machine to make the button holes.
Then, use the same pin-marking technique to place one button hole centered between this middle button hole and the edge of the pillow. Repeat for the other side.
Hand-stitch the buttons on the lower placket by measuring in the same manner and marking with pins. Center them vertically on the lower piece’s hem.
And, voila! You are finished. Press the pillow cover if you wish, and place the pillow form inside. Button it up & make a few more. So pretty!
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