let's make a pillow

Seriously, you can do this, it's EASY!  I just got the most amazing sewing machine, recommended by this lady.

I'm in love.  it's like a whole new world of sewing opportunity has opened up.  (my last machine was a cheapie I got from target and died within a year)  prepare yourselves for a plethora of sewing posts in the coming months.  for now I'm sharing one of my favorite all time sewing projects - the super easy pillow slip cover.  I've been making them for years and love switching them out to give my living room a new feel once in a while. it's like instant style gratification!

They also make great gifts (just in case you're behind on your xmas shopping like me)

Your really don't need much.  Here's what you need:
pillow (you can use an ugly old pillow, I had mine laying around the house)
fabric (I found this fabric at Ikea - pretty isn't it?)
matching thread
sewing machine

Ok, here's how you do it (with pictures!!)

Measure your pillow.  (my pillow is a 10” x 10” square.)

Cut one piece of fabric an inch larger than your pillow to allow for 1/2” seams (11”x11” in my case). Then cut two pieces of fabric that are the height of your pillow + 1” (11”) and the width of your pillow cut in half + 3” (8”)

Iron a 1/2” seam on each of the smaller pieces and sew along the edge

Next lay your bigger square face up.  Place the two smaller pieces face down lining up the edges (the smaller pieces will overlap in the middle).  Pin so the pieces don’t shift.

Stitch all around the edge of the square.

Turn your slip cover inside out and stuff with your pillow.  Voila!  Easy as pie.


Jaime said...

kell thanks for the tutorial! i posted it and thought i'd share this one back - it's prety much the same but with the addition of pom poms! http://prudentbaby.blogspot.com/2009/10/diy-pom-pom-pillow.html

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

I cannot sew. Even with your simple instructions, I suck at it! Just ask my poor daughter :)

Laura Ashbrook Compton said...

oooh! Do tell what kind of sewing machine that is- now I want one!

stephanie said...

Cute! I love simple things like this that can spruce up older stuff. Thanks for sharing! (I'm a huge fan of my Brother sewing machine, too!)

aubrey said...

thanks so much for posting this! super simple and now i have absolutely no excuse not to do this. :)

Irene said...

I guess I have to finish that pillow before you come home now that you posted instructions. Funny that a daughter has to teach a mother to sew.....