My first sewing project (thanks Mom for helping me!) was so easy and simple that I can guarantee you I will be sewing more pillow covers in the future. I’m thinking holiday and seasonal pillow covers… gosh, I’m going to need more pillows! How many pillows is too many?
I had a Christmas pillow that I love the size and shape of, so I wanted to keep it out, but you can’t have “Merry & Bright” out all year, well you can, but people may think it’s a little weird to have a Christmas pillow out in the middle of the summer!
I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby and it’s perfect! I’m seriously into the palm leaf trend right now. I can’t get enough of it! This is such a simple way to change up a room and is very inexpensive. The fabric I purchased was under $4, that is so much cheaper than buying a whole new pillow!
I was aiming at making this pillow case an envelope cover, but I didn’t buy enough fabric so I had to improvise and I think it turned out quite nice for my first project!
The pillow that I wanted to make a cover for was 18 x 18. I cut two fabric pieces 19 x 19 to allow for a 1/4 inch seam allowance on all four sides.
Iron the two pieces to make sure all creases are gone and line them up so that the back sides are facing out on both sides, pin together to hold in place.
Now it’s time to do some sewing! On the first edge, I sewed about 3 inches in from the edge on both ends, leaving the middle open, this is where we’re going to slide the pillow in once we’ve finished sewing the other sides closed. For the 3 inch section, I sewed forward, backward and forward again to reinforce this area so they wouldn’t come undone from the stress of putting the pillow in. Sew the other three sides completely closed.
Once all the sewing is done, flip the pillow right side out and make sure the corners are pushed out. Iron the edges to flatten the seam. On the side that has the opening, fold the edges in about a quarter of an inch and iron to help keep it folded. This will help when you’re sewing the edge closed.
Time to put the pillow in!
Once the pillow is securely in the pillow cover, pin the opening closed to hold them together while you’re sewing.
Sew the edge closed with either the sewing machine or by hand sewing. I used the machine, it was the quicker option! You will be able to see this seam, but if you place this edge on the bottom of your bed or couch, you really can’t even tell!
And just like that you have a new pillow to enjoy!