Our couches came with a set of pillows that were ok but not really my style. They’re not terrible but they are more traditional and formal than we really are. So I wanted to make some new pillow covers.
I stumbled across some of my favorite fabric in the remnant section in Joanne’s. This is the same fabric that I used for the dinning chair makeover that I did. These chairs are the ones we add to our table when we have company over and need more seats.
The remnant that I found was about 1 1/4 yard and I knew that I could use it make two pillow covers. I snatched it up because it was one of those days when the remnants are 50% off so it ended up being really inexpensive (I don’t remember exactly but like $4).
- First I took the old pillow covers off and measured them. They measured about 21 inches X 21 inches.
2. Then I washed, dried, and ironed the new fabric. Next I cut my fabric. After washing my fabric was about 51 inches X 44 inches. I cut the fabric down the middle making two pieces that were 51X 22 inches. I asked my assistants to hold them up to show you the two pieces but they wanted to be ghosts.
3. Next I folded the selvages (ends of the fabric with writing on them) on the end over and ironed them down. Then I folded them over again and ironed them down again.
4. I sewed a line along each folded edge.
5. Then I laid the pillow cover on the ground with the right side facing down. I folded the long ends over to line up the outside flap so that it would be near the middle since it’s the one that shows. As I did this I measured and moved the flaps around until my pillow cover measured 21 X 22 inches (The 21 inches was folded side to folded side and the 22 inches was from open edge to open edge) . After pinning everything down I sewed along the open edges (not the folds).
6. Next I turned the pillow case right side out and pushed the corners out with the non-pointy end of a pen.
7. I put the pillow in and voila!
Now I just need to figure out what other fabrics to use for the coordinating pillow covers. I’ll take a scrap of this fabric with me each time I go to the fabric store just so I can hold it up to potential fabrics and see what I like.