TGIF! Ugh, this week is dragging on and the rainy Ohio weather isn’t doing much for my productivity!
This afternoon I pushed myself to spend 2 hours of my day finishing a simple project that kept falling to the bottom of my to do list. Despite the fact we are into the first week of May, our couch in the den had not moved past fall…
The couch pillows match the lodge feel of our den, but the dark colors and thick textures felt so heavy for the spring season. The faux fur throw is my favorite blanket to cuddle with, but it screams winter!
Knowing my husband would throw me and my collection of pillows to the curb if I brought another one home, I set out to cleverly disguise the stash I already have. Most pillows you buy have a removable cover, making it easier to wash them, or change out patterns for each season.
Another great part of swapping out covers in exchange for more pillows is the space you save in storage. I don’t know about you, but finding a place to store those covers on the left is much easier than squishing away the stack of pillows on the right!
As you can probably guess, my fabric was a bargain find in the JoAnn’s clearance section. $15 total and I have enough left to make another 3-4 pillows. I only had 2 hours today, so check my Instagram feed in a week or so to see what else I make with the leftover fabric.
I wanted to make something that would be quick and easy, so I went with an envelope style cover for all 3 pillows. It uses a little more fabric, but there is no fussing with zippers or buttons, or any extra supplies. All you need is fabric and thread!
If you are new to sewing, this is the perfect project to start with. 4 straight seams and you are done (Okay, 6 if you count hemming your envelope edges). Below I am going to walk you through the process on 2 of the pillows I made today:
Envelope Pillow DIY:
This butterfly print fabric was too pretty to pass up. I bought 1 1/2 yards for $9. There are 6 butterfly blocks on that yardage, so I have plenty left for more projects. The other detail you will notice below is the difference in color. The image on your right is technically the wrong side of the fabric, but I liked the more muted colors so I chose to make the wrong side the right in this case. Because that’s not confusing at all! 🙂
First step in making my pillow is cutting out properly sized panels. I laid my original pillow cover centered on the butterfly panel and then cut 1/2″ larger around all sides. The 1/2″ will be your seam allowance when the pillow is sewn together.
Next step is cutting out the back panel. I chose an orange crushed silk from my fabric bin for the back panel of the butterfly pillow. Since you never see the back of the pillow, it didn’t make sense to waste another butterfly panel when it could be used for another project.
The back panel is double the length of your front panel, plus 5″. Remember you are making an envelope to slip the pillow form into, so you need enough fabric to cover your form.
Okay so now your pillow panels are cut, it is time to hem the edges of your envelope. Working with the back panel, place the right side of your fabric face down on the ironing board. Fold the edge of your fabric down 1/2″ and press flat.
Working with that same edge, fold down another 1/2″ and press, creating a clean, folded edge hem. Pin in place and sew along the folded edge.
This is what your finished hem will look like. Be sure to hem both edges of your back panel.
Now it is time to put your pillow together! Place the back panel of your pillow on the table or floor, right side up. The clean, hemmed edge should be facing you. Place the front panel, in this case the butterfly, center on the back panel. Be sure your front panel is placed right side up.
Fold your back panel over top of the front panel. You will do this on both sides and pin around all four sides.
After sewing all four sides, your pillow will look like this.Now that all four sides are sewn, simply turn the pillow inside out to see your finished product!
Be sure to check all your seams, and get each corner pushed out completely. Then gently slide your pillow form into the cover. If it is a lofty pillow, be sure to take your time stuffing it so that you do not rip out any seams.
Easy enough right?? Ready to make another?
The next two pillows I made were from 1 yard of clearance fabric. $7 for two pillows?? Such a steal!
Instead of using two fabrics on this pillow, I used one long piece of fabric to make my envelope.
I always fold over my fabric and mock up the final product BEFORE sewing. It is a great way to visualize the final product, and saves me a lot of time ripping out wrongly sewn seams!
Typically the “envelope” portion of the pillow is placed on the backside of the pillow. It is a cheaper, easier form of construction that most people don’t want you to see. I decided to change that up on this pillow and give my envelope a little flair, with some pom pom trim.
After trim is added to the envelope edge, sew up all four sides and you are done! Turn the pillow right side out and it is ready to stuff!
Below is a look at our couch now, updated with our newly sewn spring pillow covers. The colors are bright and bold, but still complement the navy walls and carmel colors we have throughout the room. I replaced the faux fur throw with a vintage afghan I picked up at Goodwill for $3. It is a little more boho than the rest of the room, but I love how the cream color pops and brightens up the whole space.So glad I took the time today to knock these out. Decorating for each season can be an overwhelming and expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be! For less than $20 I was able to give our most lived in space a nice spring update.
What you do guys think? Like the colors? Inspired to sew a few pillow covers yourself? Would love to see your feedback in the comments below!
Enjoy this raining Friday and happy DIY-ing this weekend!