I'm addicted to accessorizing with pillows, and I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that. Sparkly pillows, lumbar pillows, striped pillows, Euro pillows, embellished pillows, round bolster pillows… I do not discriminate — I love them all! But this obsession comes with a price.
My inspiration is usually sparked when the latest Pottery Barn catalog winds up in my mailbox. Take, for example, my latest muse. I'm a total sucker for this preppy red, white and blue rugby-stripe vibe.
If you hate paying full price, like I do, there are all sorts of fabulous online retailers that are stocked with incredible fabric options (some that even look identical to those sold at the expensive retailers we love so much). The only difference is they are a fraction of the price, because you need less than a yard of fabric to sew a 20-inch-square pillow cover.
STEP 1: Find your fabric
For this project, I found a strikingly similar red rugby-stripe fabric by Premier Prints for just $9 per yard. Score!
STEP 2: Gather these supplies
Cut your front and two back fabric pieces according to the specs below. You should have three pieces total (one front piece and two back pieces) when you're done. Tip: your fabric measurements should be the same size as your pillow insert for a nice and snug fit. In this case, I cut a 20x20 fabric front for a 20x20 pillow insert. My pillow will be full and fluffy once it's stuffed into the cover, not loose and droopy.
Step 4: Create your seams
For each back piece, fold one end over 1/2 inch and then fold it over onto itself (1 inch total). Optional: Use pins to hold the folds in place. Press the folds with a hot iron.
Then sew the double-folded hem of each back piece with a top stitch. These will be the finished edges that make up the envelope enclosure on the back of the pillow.
Line up the stripes of the front and back pieces facing each other. Lay the 20x20 back piece down over the front piece first and then the 20x10 piece. This will ensure that when you turn the pillow cover inside out the larger back piece will fold over the smaller back piece. Tip: Make sure the nice sides of the fabric for the front and back pieces are facing each other, otherwise you'll sew the pillow cover inside out. Pin along the perimeter and sew an approximately 1/4-inch seam along all the pinned edges with a top stitch.
Make a small cut at each of the four corners of the pillow. This makes it easier to point the corners when you turn the pillow cover right-side out.
Turn the pillow cover right side out and stuff it with a pillow insert.
Sit back and enjoy!
Now that wasn't "sew" bad, was it? With a little online research to find your inspiration and these discount fabric stores at your fingertips, the knockoff possibilities are endless.
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