You live in a small place, but you love to decorate for various holidays. What’s a person to do? These Easy Festive Pillow Covers are your solution. You can whip them up in an hour or less, put them on an existing pillow and voila, you have added something festive for the next holiday. They store flat and take up almost no room. Seriously, the perfect solution for your small space needs. You can also make them if you have a large space, I don’t want to leave you out.
The idea for these started when I was visiting my mom at Thanksgiving and we found the cute green Christmas fabric above. She wanted some pillow covers for her bed or sofa or something. I finally got to making them for Mother’s Day and then I decided I would add a few other holidays into the mix and she can have some variety. These ended up being part of her Mother’s Day gift this year. I hate that it took me so long, by life sometimes gets in the way of your best plans, so this was the best I could do.
When you complete your pillow cover, you will have an envelope type of cover. There are no zippers involved at all. Yay! Here are the instructions, with photos, for these pillow covers. They can be used for any size pillow, you just adjust your measurements.
- Measure your pillows. You want to measure them from the center of the side on one side to the center of the side on the other side. Measure each direction. Then add 4 inches to each measurement. So, if your pillow measures 12 inches by 12 inches, you will cut your fabric 16 inches by 16 inches. This is for the top piece only.
2. For the bottom piece, the pillow will still measure 12 inches by 12 inches, but instead of adding 4 inches to both directions, you will add 8 inches to one direction and 4 inches to the other direction. So your fabric will be 20 inches by 16 inches. Here is the tricky part. If there is a directional design on your fabric, as will the green Christmas fabric, be sure you have that horizontal with the larger side being on the horizontal.
3. Cut this second piece of fabric in half, from top to bottom.
4. Lay the two pieces of fabric out side by side that you just cut for the back piece so you have them going the same direction. Fold the inside edge over for each piece and iron it in place. This will be your finished edge. Sew it in place.
5. Pin the pillow cover together. To do this you will lay the front piece of fabric out, right side up, and then lay the back pieces on top, right side down, with the finished edges overlapping, as in the picture above. You want the side edges to be even, so the overlap is several inches.
6. Sew all the way around the edges, ensuring there isn’t a pucker, as in the lower left picture above. If you get a pucker, you will need to pull out the stitches and sew that area again.
7. Trim your edges and clip the corners, as shown in the last picture above and the first below. (I should have numbered these pictures. Sorry. Next time.)
8. Turn the pillow cover right side out, iron it well and put it on your pillow.
See? Easy as pie. At least I hope you think it is easy.
I made the ones in the picture above for my mom. Her favorite it actually the red, white and blue set. It has a little bit of sparkle to it.
What do you think? Is this something you would like to try? Do you decorate for the holidays? Let me know if you make some and how it worked out for you. Happy sewing!