Hey there! Since it has been such a late spring in the Midwest and that was depressing me, the only option was to bring Spring inside, where I have more control over the environment! I have been working on some pillows covers. Pillow covers are my new favorite...is is much cheaper to make a pillow cover than to buy a pillow...which makes it much easier to change the look of you room when the mood strikes. If you are willing to invest in filler pillows you will spend far less when you want to change your style. Check out the cost breakdown at the end of this post! I have already stored my winter covers... so no before shots...sorry
Keep reading... I am going to tell you how to get a pillow-scape like this in your living room for cheap!
My husband and I were in World Market looking at a new table(more on that another day) when I made my way over to the pillows and napkins. Customer service had been so awesome it made me want to buy more. I found these red pillows first... This is sold as a pillow insert inside a pillow cover! PERFECT! $12.99
...and then found these napkins to match that would serve as pillows. $3.99 each..online they are sold as a set and you can save a couple cents..
I did these ones a little different from last time though.This time I wanted four pillows. I bought four napkins and decided to use a different fabric for the back. Ultimately I decided on a blue ticking stripe..it gives a nice cottage feel to the bold fabric.
I am a "learn as I go" type of sewer...so below you will find my process, however, if you are a more experienced sewer, feel free to leave comments and tips for me and other readers in the commnets section!
Pillow Cover Tutorial
1. First I laid the napkins over my back fabric and cut to size. I left about an inch but probably could have done less.
2. Determine the bottom of your pillow and pin zipper in place. Put the "bottom of the zipper on your right so it lines up with the zipper foot more easily once you begin to sew. I wanted my zipper hidden so I pinned it along the back seem of the napkin.
3. Put your zipper foot on.
4. Once your zipper is on lay the front piece of fabric on the back piece with the right sides facing in and the zipper at the top. Pin zipper to backing fabric. Because the front of the pillow has an edge and the back is sewn under, be sure that the edge of the front fabric along the zipper is pinned back.
Switch zipper foot toward the right. Sew.
5. Flip right side out.
6.Tuck the backing fabric under so that the fold lines up with the inner seem of the napkin. This will leave an edge on the front side. Pin.
7. Unzip zipper an inch or so. Switch to presser foot on sewing machine. sew the ends of the pillow where the zipper is, starting with the bottom stop edge. Sew just those couple of inches and then move to the other side of the zipper. When you complete this edge turn your work and sew all the way around, close the the edge of the fold of back fabric.
TIP: on corners make sure the needle is in the fabric. Lift presser foot and turn your fabric 90 degrees. this will keep your work in place and will guard against pulling out extra thread from the needle.
4 Floral Napkins @ $3.99 each
1.5 yards ticking fabric (with some left over) @11.99/yd
4 12"-14" zippers @ $2.99
TOTAL: approx $46.00
Each pillow cover: $11.50
This is an awesome savings considering that pre-filled pillows at World Market or Target can be between $20-$40 a piece... I will note though that many of World Markets pillows are covered inserts...so you are getting more for your money because you can use the insert again.
What do you think? Sewers out there...anything I can improve on or that our readers should know?
What spring projects are you working on these days? I always smile when I see I have a new comment, so please let me know you were here and share your thoughts, feedback and questions with me!