You guys know that I have a $75 fabric giveaway going right now with Stitch Stash Diva. Today’s the last day to enter, so hurry over. And today I am showing you a project that I did for my big, gaping, awful bedroom (that’s right-I am finally doing something with it!) with fabric from Stitch Stash Diva! I love this fabric. Here’s 2 pillows I made for my bed. They are very easy DIY pillow covers that you can make it about 30 minutes or so.
I’m doing my room in turquoise and gray. I ordered bedding which should be here Friday (yay!) and I want to have lots of fun pillows on the bed, so here are a couple I made this week.
The top one is a long roll pillow like a log. Bet that has a more official name but I don’t know what it is. The other one is just a rectangle envelope pillow but I added a little sham edge to it.
2 Easy DIY Pillow Covers to Sew:
Fabric: 1/2 yard to a yard depending on how big your pillows are
For the log roll pillow:
Start out by measuring your pillow (or reading the measurements on the pillow form packaging). You need to cut out 2 circles that are the diameter and size of the ends of your pillow. To do this I just stood my pillow form on end and cut around it. Leave a little extra space for your seam (about 1/2″). Then, measure the length of the pillow and you need to know the circumference of the pillow (which would be about 3 times the diameter of the circle ends.) Add an extra inch or two to that and cut your fabric to be the length of the pillow times the width.
So my pillow form had 6″ diameter ends and was 20″ long. So I cut my 2 circles and then a piece of fabric that was 20″ by 19″ (18″ circumference +1″).
OK, so now you have your pieces:
Now, fold your big piece in half with right sides together. Sew it closed into a tube, BUT leave an opening in the middle to put your pillow form through eventually.
On each end, pin your circle in place so that the right side is on the inside. If your circle is a little too big, don’t worry. Just evenly distribute the extra around the circle and it will give your pillow a little gather.
Sew it in place on both ends:
Turn everything right side out and stick your pillow form inside. Then pin the opening closed and hand stitch it shut (or machine stitch if you prefer).
For the Sham Pillow:
Get your pillow form and your fabric and lay them out. Fold your fabric in half and lay the pillow on top of it. Figure out how big you want to make your pillow. I added extra on the top and the bottom (and honestly had planned to on all 4 side but cut it bad) to add a little sham edge. See the little hanging edge in this picture? That’s what I mean by a sham edge. It would look nice all the way around.
So, if you want to do that edge, leave about 5-6+ inches extra on each side when you cut your fabric.
Cut your fabric. Cut the back piece in half horizontally and hem one end of each piece:
Now, lay those two pieces on together so that one overlaps the other just a little:
Then lay your top piece beneath those two piece with right sides together. You will now need to trim down your top piece just a little to match the 2 bottom pieces.
Sew all the way round the pillow edge. Turn it right side out. Then, lay the pillow form on top of your fabric and place a pin to mark the outer edges of the pillow all the way around.
Top stitch where you marked and stick your pillow form inside and you are done! Here’s a shot of the back of the pillow: