Pillow Covers

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As mentioned in earlier posts, I sold my 3BR/2BA ranch to enjoy some city life in a little cottage (and to get rid of the mortgage payments so I could make student loan payments!). I have made efficient use of the storage available in the cottage and have surrounded myself with the things that mean the most to me (or that I need the most for daily survival). I actually moved in on December 21 last year, so my Christmas decorations pretty much consisted of whatever I had in the office, such as my Charlie Brown Christmas tree. This year I felt the need to do some REAL decorating!  In the summertime, my front porch is decorated in shades of red, white and blue, including the flowers in pots. 


These are nice weather-resistant cushions, and they look great during the summer. In the fall and winter, not so much. So with limited storage space and budget (which means NOT buying new pillows for every season!), I decided to make quick and simple covers for the existing pillows … all I would have to buy would be a couple of yards of fabric, and covers would take up a lot less storage space than a bunch of new pillows.




Embellishments (optional)

Note:  all seams are 5/8 inch.

 Measuring and cutting the fabric:

To calculate how large each piece of fabric needs to be, measure pillow. Add 2-4 inches, depending on how large you want flanged edge, to each side. Cut one piece of fabric that size for the front.

Front Piece Example: Pillow is 14” x 14” – cut fabric 18” x 18” – 14 + 1 (.5 seam on each of two sides) = 15 inches, allowing for 1.5 inch flange on each side.

For the back, cut one piece of fabric, which is the same height as the front, plus 9 inches in width.

Back Piece Example: If the front piece is cut 18” x 18” then cut the back piece 18” x 25”.

Cut the back piece in half (if your piece of fabric is 18” x 25” you’ll end up with two pieces which are each 18” x 12.5”).


Finish raw center edges of back pieces by turning over ¼” and then 2”. Press down and then top- stitch to keep from rolling; one row of topstitching ¼” in from the edge, and a second row of topstitching ½” from the edge. Or, if you’re in a big hurry like I was today, just turn them over ¼” and then another ¼ – ½” and stitch once.


Overlap the two back pieces until they match the size of the front piece, using front piece as a guide.


Pin and baste the two pieces together (the horizontal line below; the vertical line is the stitching from finishing the raw edge of one of the back pieces).  


Pin and stitch together the front and back pieces, right sides together. 


 Trim seams, and turn right side out. Press.


 Before sewing “flange” stitch lines, place pillow inside cover and make sure your calculations were correct. Make adjustments as necessary.

 Top-stitch all four flange edges. 




 Here is my “new” Christmas porch pillow.


Now I have pillows for summer, fall and Christmas!


 Then I decided to give the futon (the cottage “guest room”) pillows a mini-makeover and made covers for those pillows also.









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