Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's a Pillow Makeover!

You know that ugly pillow that has sat on your couch for years?
Tada!  It is ugly no longer!
And it only took 15 minutes, and one piece of fabric!
Begin by measuring your pillow from side seam to side seam, and add 1/2 inch for seam allowance.
My pillow measured 15", so the final width was 15 1/2".
The fabric piece you cut should be 15 1/2" (or the width you measured)
And 2 1/2x 15 1/2" in length.
Finish the edges all the way around your fabric piece.
turn the fabric over so that the right side is facing away from you, then fold down the top edge of the fabric by about 2", and sew it in place using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Now turn the fabric piece back over so that the right side is facing up.
Fold the top edge (the edge you just hemmed) down toward the center of the fabric.
Then fold the bottom edge up to until the folded piece measures 15" (or the width you need)
Pin the sides making sure to capture all the layers, and sew down each side using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Now turn the piece right side out and you have a nifty pillow envelope!
Simply slide your pillow inside, the cover should fit snug, so you might have to do a little maneuvering!
And voila!  Your pillow is no longer ugly!
It's a really simple way to change the look and feel of your room, add a pop of color, or hide that ugly juice stain courtesy of your oldest child!


  1. I love how you created the foldover-tuck in finishing piece! (Obviously your grandmother had something in mind for finishing the other pillow covers - I just never figured it out.) You rock!!!

    1. Now I just have to choose what fabric I want to use to cover all of my pillows! Glad you like it!