Monday, May 7, 2012

Simple Pillow Cover Tutorial

I've been wanting some new bright and cheery pillows in my living room for awhile now.  I've had the same red ones on my couches for almost 2 years.  How sad is that!?
Oh yeah.  I had twin boys.  Now I remember why I didn't change them.

So.. this weekend I found some gorgeous fabric (on sale!  Bonus.) for some new pillows.
And I figured I'd show you how I made them.  A simple envelope pillow cover.


Here's what you'll need:  pillow forms, fabric of your choice and your sewing supplies.


Lay your pillow form along the straight edge of your fabric, right in the middle.  You want enough fabric on the top and bottom to wrap around the pillow (with extra to overlap and another inch for hemming.)  Add 1-2 inches to both sides of your pillow and cut along the other side of the pillow.


My piece of fabric measured about 44 inches long by 21 inches wide.



Press your piece of fabric with your iron.


You'll be hemming your short ends first.  These will be the opening of the back of the pillow.


Using your iron, double fold your edge and press.


Pin in place and sew along the inner fold.


Your edges should look like so.


Lay your pillow over the middle of the right side of your fabric.


Then fold over your edges.


On each end of the pillow, pin snugly along your pillow form.



Once you're done pinning, carefully remove your pillow form.  


Lay the pinned fabric down and make sure it looks even before sewing along the outer edges.



After you've sewn, trim your edges.


Zig zag or serge your edges.


Then flip right side out.


Insert your pillow form and your're done!  Go and adorn your sofa or chair.





Here's the back of the pillow.


I love my new pillows!  So fun and bright.  


Hope your weekend was great!  What did you make?


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77 comments :

Jode said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...what a great tutorial...thanks so much! I often think about redoing the cushions but don't want to fuss around with buttons and zips...this looks so simple.
If i can get my twins to keep busy i might have a chance of making these!!!

JOY 2 JOURNEY said... Best Blogger Tips

I found your blog on "Toot your own horn" Love the easy pillowcase! Guess what I will be making?!
Thanks,
Bj

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial Vixen! This is how I make my cushion covers too! So simple!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Recipes We Love said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial and cute pattern!
Found you on debbie does creations!

Amber

Kammy's Korner said... Best Blogger Tips

I appreciate a good tute! Thanks! and LOVE the fabric.

Susan said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent tutorial! Wonderful photos and instructions. Love your fabric!

Deanne said... Best Blogger Tips

I have just made a heap of similar cushions, so I will link to your site if people want to know how.

cynthia said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE LOVE LOVE this fabric! It looks just like some pillows I have been drooling over at World Market for the past couple months. I might have to give this a try, even though I am not much of a sewer. Totally worth giving it another shot. :)

cynthia said... Best Blogger Tips

Sewer?? Seamstress? :-P

Hanni said... Best Blogger Tips

You have choosed a beautiful fabric for the pillow! I love its sparkling colors. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

Forgetful Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh thank you for this! I need to make some pillow covers, in fact I already have the fabric. I can't wait to make some using this pattern. :-)

Mrs. Handyverger said... Best Blogger Tips

A very clear tutorial, and your pillow cover turned out beautifully! Love the bright fabric. :)

Stopping by from Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday. :)

Noland and Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! awesome! i can't wait to get a sewing machine so that i can make some cute covers for pillows! :)
New follower and i'd love you to follow back/ Link up to my linky party going on here:
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Jen

Etcetorize said... Best Blogger Tips

Such beautiful fabric! Perfect for this project. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize~

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I really like that fabric you chose. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
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Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a little addicted to pillows. I love the fabric you chose.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the fabric you used so pretty for summer! Great tutorial!! Looking around a bit more here! Would love if you'd stop by my blog too! :) xo Holly

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the fabric you used so pretty for summer! Great tutorial!! Looking around a bit more here! Would love if you'd stop by my blog too! :) xo Holly

Stacy said... Best Blogger Tips

I adore that fabric!!! And what a great tutorial. I need to make pillows for my couch and I may have to give this a try :)

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the fabric. You are so very talented! I always look forward to hitting your link on Handmade Tuesdays. I feel your pain....my twin boys are 9. I'm with ya, honey.

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said... Best Blogger Tips

THANK YOU so much for this tutorial!! I love that you didn't use a zipper too! I am pinning this! It is something that I have been wanting to do for awhile now! Thanks so much for sharing at Two Sasters!!

Earning My Cape said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! You make it look really easy, too! Thanks for sharing!

DebbieDoesCreations said... Best Blogger Tips

I am fixin to cover my pillows in the living room. You shared this with me just in time! Thanks so much for linking up to Toot Your Horn Tuesday :) Have a great weekend.

Katie Goldsworthy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that material! Where did you get it?

--Katie
@ Creatively Living

Michele said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a great tutorial and I love your bright print fabric.

Jennie Larsen said... Best Blogger Tips

YOUR TALENT IS FEATURED IN COMS- SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT TALENT SHOW. hugs, jen

Toodie said... Best Blogger Tips

Love how colorful and fun they are! what a great tutorial.

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial! Love the fabric! Would love for you to link up to the Pomp Party!

http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com/2012/05/pomp-party-17.html

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

katy said... Best Blogger Tips

I really, really like these. Thanks for sharing.

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the fabric!
Wish I could sew!

Heather Kaluf said... Best Blogger Tips

wonderful tutorial! where did you find that fabric? Its so pretty!
xoxo
Heather

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jode Thanks so much!! Hope you get a chance!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@JOY 2 JOURNEY That's great! have fun!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Recipes We Love Thanks, Amber!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kammy's Korner Thank you!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Susan Thanks for stopping by!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Deanne Thank you!! MUCH appreciated!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@cynthia SO easy!! Hope it works out for you! And thank you.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Hanni Thanks. I love the brightness!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Forgetful Mom Awesome!! Have fun with yours!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mrs. Handyverger Thank you so much!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Noland and Jenna Thank you so much! It's great to have you!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Etcetorize Thanks!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ Thank you for stopping by!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Stacy Thank you!! I hope it works out for you!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie @ My Favorite Finds Thank you so much!! You are so sweet! And it's always nice to meet a fellow twin mama! :)

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters Oh thank you!! I'm so glad!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Earning My Cape Thanks so much!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@DebbieDoesCreations Awesome!! Have fun making some new pillows!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie Goldsworthy Just a fabric store here called 'Fabricland'. That's our main fabric store and it's VERY limited.. so I was ecstatic when I found this. On sale, no less!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Michele Thanks, Michele!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Toodie Thank you!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thanks so much for the invite!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@katy Thanks so much!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Heather Kaluf Thanks, Heather! Our main fabric store here. It's called 'Fabricland'.

Simply AJ said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect fabric for summer! Thanks for your great tutorial. Do you happen to know the name of the fabric or the fabric designer? I would love to try and Google to see if I can order me a few yards. Really love it! Stopped by from Tuesday Time Out. AJ@queenofmynest

Firehousecrafts said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the great tutorial! I am definately pinning this. My boys are 15 months apart so I have not done much decorating these last few years. Now that the boys are 3 1/2 and 5 I think that I will start updating some of the accessories around the house. The pillow covers would look great to cover up a few ugly pillows we have. I would love it if you would link this up to my linky party at http://www.firehousecrafts.com/whats-hot-in-the-firehouse-linky-party-1/. Hope to see you there!

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said... Best Blogger Tips

This fabric is beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I have old blah pillows that I have been meaning to recover FOREVER. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great tutorial!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the colors, so pretty! thanks for sharing.

have a fab weekend!

Hugs,
Lelanie

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Nikki Olmstead said... Best Blogger Tips

finally a tutorial for envelope pillows that make it look easy! I think I can do that! Thanks for the tutorial!

Firehousecrafts said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for linking up to the first What's Hot In The Firehouse linky party. I need to buy some fabric so that I can make some new pillows. Hope to see you next week.

Chantelle said... Best Blogger Tips

The best pillow tutorial I've found!! :) Thanks!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Simply AJ It's made by a company called "Mill Creek Fabrics", that's all I know. I hope that helps you.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Firehousecrafts Have fun with it!! Hope you get around to making some.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun Thanks, Kelly!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie Thanks!!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@ToSewWith Love Thanks so much!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Nikki Olmstead That's great! I'm happy to have helped!

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@Chantelle Thank you!!

LeighAnn said... Best Blogger Tips

I used your tutorial and gave you a shout-out here -http://jamesandleighann.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-pillows.html

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Johnny Culp said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great idea to insert on my project. Currently, I am replacing my mattress and pillow sheets with new ones due to bed bugs. It's just annoying but I am hopeful now since we already called the pest control, and we are now on this project.





John Culp

Tanya Runkle said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial and I love these pillows. I think that is probably why many of my projects have taken longer than I hoped, two in diapers :)

xo, Tanya
twelveOeight

5a34c676-4a82-11e3-b08f-000bcdcb8a73 said... Best Blogger Tips

I am totally in love with this tutorial!!!! I just made six of them and I LOVE them!!!! :-) I added loops and buttons to keep them closed but this has to be the best and clearest tutorial I have ever used! I am pinning it and sharing it on my Facebook!

sally bow said... Best Blogger Tips

So I haven't done a bunch of sewing but I can sew. But I do have a question. Why do I need to zig zag the edges?

Sally

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

@sally bow The zigzag stitch prevents the fabric from fraying. Especially if you wash the fabric, if it frays down to the seam, the se can come undone. Hope this helps!