I thought after my little shower curtain project I would not want to sew again for a long time. I am absolutely for sure that I never want to grommet again. Okay, I will probably do it again but maybe I will use different grommets.
Anyway, I did take a little break and I am back to sewing again. I am sewing throw pillows. To clarify I am sewing big throw pillows for my master bedroom. I made these 27X27 inch pillows for my friend Erika’s bed and I loved the shape and look of them that I wanted a few big throw pillows for my bed.
The colors in my master bedroom have changed like three times but I have settled on the final color palette: Navy, green and mustard yellow. I found some mustard yellow corduroy fabric on the clearance rack at my favorite fabric store. The color was perfect and I loved the soft texture of the corduroy. I spent $2.00 a yard and I bought 2.5 yards so the fabric cost me $5 plus some change. I bought a huge bag of stuffing at hobby lobby for $8.00. It was enough to fill two pillows and I used an old sheet that I had to make the pillow insert. The total cost of this project $13.00! I only had time to make one on my day off from work but here it is in all its glory.
Making a throw pillow is the easiest project. Since I have a dog I make sure everything that I own is washable. Therefore my pillow covers have to be removable. I thought I would share with you my easy “How to make a removable throw pillow cover”
How to make a pillow cover
Part 1: Make the Pillow Insert
1. Determine the size of your finished pillow and add a half-inch to your measurement. For example, I wanted my pillows to be 22X22 inches. So I cut my fabric squares 22.5X22.5 inches. Cut two squares out of your fabric (use cheapo fabric)
2. Pin your two squares together.
3. Sew all the way around the square a ½ inch and leave a little opening on your last side. Don’t forget to reverse your stitch.
4. Turn your pillow inside out. I usually use a kabob stick to poke out the corners. You can use the stick that comes with your stuffing. You can get crisp corners by making some snips in the excess fabric on the edge around the corners. (Make sure you don’t cut the stitching)
5. Stuff your pillow. Take the time to work out the bumps and even out the stuffing. I do this by tap dancing on it, shaking it, massaging it…you name it….I hate a lumpy pillow.
6. Sew up the opening. I hand stitch it. Remember, because it’s the insert, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Part 2 The Removable Pillow Cover
1. Cut one square the same size as you cut your fabric for your pillow insert. (mine was a 22.5 inch square.)
2. Determine the dimensions of the back part of your pillow. You will be cutting two pieces to form the back of your pillow. The width of each piece will be the same size as your front square piece (in my case 22.5 inches) The height is half the size PLUS 6 inches. (22.5/2 = 11.25 inches. 11.25 + 6= 17.25 inches.) In conclusion I measured and cut two pieces that were 22.5X17.25 inches. Here are the three pieces that I had cut:
3. WARNING: Cut your fabric so the pattern is going the same direction on both sides. For example, I wanted my pillow to lay on my bed with horizontal corduroy lines. So, I cut my fabric accordingly
4. On one of the 22.5 inch side of each of the two back pieces I folded ½ inch and then folded another ½ inch so that I could sew a finished edge/hem. The other 22.5 edge was left unfinished.
5. I placed my front square right side up and placed one of the back pieces right side down on top of the front piece. I made sure and lined up the unfinished 22.5 edge with the top of front pieces edge. (See pic)
6. I pinned the two in place.
7. I then placed the 2nd back piece right side down on top of the front piece. And lined up the unfinished 22.5 edge with the bottom edge of the front piece. The two back pieces of the pillow should be overlapping about 5 inches in the middle. Pin the pieces together.
8. Sew a ½ inch seam all the way around the pillow. (see pic above)
9. Turn the pillow inside out and poke out the corners.
10. Insert your pillow insert into the back opening and Voila…you have got a pillow cover!
A Couple Tools I use to make this process precise:
• A Right Angle Ruler. This makes my fabric pieces square. (you can get it at Blue or Orange)
• A sewers tape measure.
• A Kabob skewer to pop out the corners
• A pen or piece of fabric chalk. (If you have the fabric where a pen won’t bleen through I use that to mark where I will cut. You are cutting there anyway…they won’t see it. When in doubt use chalk.
When I am done I will have two pillows for $13.00!
Here is a little secret…all my pillows are made this way. Not all of these pillows are made by me but the ones that are made to be removable.
Hope this helps!
Thanks for Reading,