Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pillow covers (the easy way)

I am not, by any means a professional seamstress.
But I know how to sew straight lines...and with that you can do A LOT of neat projects.
This project requires measuring your pillow 
that needs a cover and sew 2 straight lines. Pretty easy, no zipper, buttons or velcro.
Here it is simplified.

Measure the sides of the pillow, 
then double the length + 2 extra inches for the length and 1" for the height.
(see drawing above)

Sew the 2 "open" sides.

turn inside out.
Done.

Can't be easier than this.
I call it a pocket cover...not sure if that's the correct terminology...
back of pillow
I am going to add a little something to the covers. Still not sure if I want to add numbers, a special date reminder, a writing...
What would you add?
Stay Frugal,
Daniela

19 comments:

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Seems fast and easy! My kind of project.

Laurie said...

perfect!!!!1 Numbers or words, are really popular right now, I did one with a big vintage bee on it a while back, your pillows look great!

Debbiedoo's said...

Very cute, and you by far did better than I could.

NanaDiana said...

You did a great job. It turned out beautifully and was pretty easy to do. Love it! xo Diana

chateau chic said...

Great project. I like super easy and fast!!
Mary Alice

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

I've never thought to do pillows this way before. It's kind of brilliant.

Kelly said...

How great! I love dropcloth pillows. They can be used anywhere! It's nice that you can add a design to them if you want to also.

Gillianne said...

This envelope style for pillow covers changed my DIY life! It's easy to add a fabric loop and handsome button for Pottery Barn-like look to make the closure side presentable (gives you 2 different looks in one pillow). It's also easy to make flanges on envelope-style pillows. Just decide how deep you want the flange to be and add that amount to the outer measurements, plus seam allowance. Then sew that depth on the OUTSIDE of the pillow cover once you've turned it right side out.

Have fun deciding how to embellish your pillows!

Laura Kuo said...

wow! that is easy! I've never seen anyone do it that way with just two seams! Amanda Blake Soule in her book, Handmade Home (library has it), shows a couple different ways to incorporate a child's drawing into fabric projects. Might be fun for pillows for the girls! : )

Kerry said...

Great tutorial! I have made this style also and this is a great description you have done. Oh, and thanks for reminding me that I have fabric in my stack for pillows that I need to make soon!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Love it, Dani! I have part of a drop cloth leftover from my headboard project so I just might have to make it into a pillow!

I am thinking of doing our monogram on the fabric first.

I have also been finding "ugly" but well made pillows at Goodwill for $4! One was even down feather filled.

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Lola and Bea said...

Daniela, I sew a lot of pillows and I love to take the easy way out when possible, I can't believe I did not think of this. What an easy way to make a pillow. I love it! Found you from Stone Gable.

Cristina Garay said...

This for sure is an easy project! I don't like zippers, I like Velcro but usually takes some extra work, my next ones are going to be pocket covers, thanks for sharing!

Jenna LaFevor said...

Fast, easy, and looks good! Love this idea!!

Jenna @ rainonatinroof.com

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Love your pillows...so cool and easy to make, do the numbers so I can figure out how to do that...lol can't find stencils big enough for the right impact..I am a new follower of yours...come on over for a visit..

tossedsaladlife said...

Looks super easy, but I appreciate the measurements that you demonstrate. I'm going to try it!

~Emily

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Very great tutorial! Pinning!

Libby said...

These pillow covers are great. I know I'm all late. I'm seriously catching up with my blog reading since it's sleeting outside and we got off work early. But this style is called envelope back or envelope style. I think it would look cool with one of those partial doily stamps like on a corner. I don't know if that's descriptive enough, but I always liked that style where you see only part of the image.