Making your own decorative pillow cover is one of the simplest and quickest ways to really punch up the look of a room. It’s also inexpensive, which makes it even better.
You can do it in just 3 easy steps:
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Before the fall season totally loses its place to Christmas, I wanted to add one more piece of decor, and since I already had a custom-made fall stencil, I decided an accent pillow would be perfect. Because…pillows, right?
I actually wanted to use the stencil again after I made it – and in block form – so a square pillow was perfect.
Here’s what I used:
- a 16-inch pillow
- canvas fabric
- FALL stencil
- Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint – Linen
- stencil brush
How to Make a Pillow Cover
If you’ve never made an envelope pillow cover, be encouraged because they’re absolutely the easiest little sewing project ever.
Start by measuring your pillow and cut a rectangle from your pre-washed fabric to fit by using this guide:
- measure the width of the pillow from seam to seam and add 1 inch (for my pillow, that’s a 17″ wide cut).
- measure the height of the pillow from seam to seam, double that distance, then add 6 inches (that’s a 38″ length cut.)
- That’s it!
To make sure the stencil would end up centered, I wrapped the fabric around the pillow from top to bottom, and ironed in creases.
Then I used a measuring tape to center the stencil between the side edges and top and bottom creases. If you’re good at eyeballing…yay you! I’m not so good at it.
After the stencil is dry, all you have to do is sew six simple straight stitches:
- on the wrong side of the fabric, sew a double 1/2″ hem along the top and bottom edges (fold over 1/2″ and stitch, then fold over another 1/2″ and stitch again to hide raw edges.)
- overlap the top and bottom edges on the back, 3-4″ – depending on how tight you want the cover to fit (see photo above), and pin in place.
- stitch the two sides closed with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
- turn right-side out and use a pencil or something blunt to push out the corners.
- insert the pillow.
Wasn’t that easy?
As always, you can use this basic idea and make all kinds of pillows. If you don’t want to stencil FALL on yours, use any stencil you like – for any season or holiday. You can also use a wide range of fabric types and colors too.
Just one rule:
Enjoy your project! 🙂