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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Throw Pillow Covers

So I told you recently that I've been trying my hand at sewing.  I finally completed some place mats that I started over a year ago.  Then I jumped right into making a stand/case for my Kindle.  I'm now looking into the possibility of making some curtains for our home.  We have blinds up on almost every window but only one has curtains.  And blinds for our big picture window in the living room would cost almost as much as we paid for the window!  Yikes!

In the meantime, I kept seeing tutorials for napkin pillow covers.  They looked easy enough so I thought I'd give them a try.

I went to our local home store and found napkins on clearance for 50 cents each.  I scooped up 3 and a pillow insert for 6 bucks at Walmart and headed home to see what I could come up with.

The middle pillow is the one made with the napkins.  Basically you just leave one napkin whole and cut a second one about 1/3 of the way up.  I had bought the 3rd napkin just in case I messed up.  :)  Lay them right sides together with the hemmed edges inside and sew around all four sides.  (See the second photo in case I just totally confused you.)  Then turn right side out and slip your pillow inside.  

They didn't have a great variety of colors at the home store - lots of solid browns and greens.  And black, which would be a big no no having a golden retriever.  I'd be picking her hair off of them all.the.time.  So since I wasn't really loving their selection, I went to Joann's and bought some home decor fabric.  That fabric was used to make the two flowered covers.


I just cut the fabric to 19 inches square (the pillows are 18 inches), then did the same as I did with the napkins - cutting one side about 1/3 of the way up.  Of course, I had to hem these.

The one thing I learned is that I needed more fabric to overlap.  I really have to tuck to get the opening to close so the pillow insert doesn't show.  But I still like them.  And I could probably use velcro or something to keep them closed.  When I make more, I will remember to overlap the fabric a bit more.

I'm still thinking about what to make next.  I like being crafty!  Maybe I can make some furniture covers for our ugly couch and loveseat.  :)  Although I'd rather just buy new furniture.  Especially since we've never bought new furniture.  Ever.  And our couch is incredibly uncomfortable to sleep on.

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Jill said...

They turned out Awesome! I luv the print and they would look great in my family room as well :)

~ Jill


Rainey said...

Those are lovely! Look at you being all crafty. :-)

Sarah Carletti said...

I love these pillows. They are just my style. Now if I could only sew!

Laura said...

These turned out great! I've been thinking about what to do with the sun porch and it involves lots of pillows. Will probably make them. :)

Tamar SB said...

Love the fabric! These sound easy to make!

Kim Cunningham said...

They are so nice! I wish I could sew, but I know it probably isn't going to happen. I love the colors of these and they are just so fun!