Store bought pillows often have no zipper or way to remove the pillow cover when it needs washed leaving pillows looking dingy after time. In this tutorial you will learn how to make your own pillows with good quality fabric that can be removed for washing with the convenience of no zipper to sew in. And my favorite part ..... IT WAS CHEAP!
Oh and while your there you will need:
- Thread ( to match)
- 3/8 " Grosgrain Ribbon... 1 yd per Pillow ( cream or white matches everything)
- 16" x 16" pillow insert ( unless you have some at home or can spot an ugly pillow at a thrift store for it's pillow form)
These are the samples I picked out. A front and a back for 6 pillows.
Lets Gets Started:
1. Wash your fabric to prevent shrinkage.
2. Place right sides together.
( If one piece is smaller than the other by a little bit place it on top where you can see it to use as a guide. Other words you might not catch the smaller piece with your stitches if it is on the bottom.)
3. Start sewing about 2" from the corner eyeing your footer as your seam allowance guide. Be sure to do a reverse stitch to prevent stitch from unraveling. You can see how my foot is at the edge of my top fabric. STOP at the corner with your needle DOWN (as pictured).
(Here you can see the back stitch at the tip of my finger.)
(The blue side is finished. It looks wavy because the blue fabric had a knit to it. You won't notice it when the sides are tied.)
(Be careful not to stitch the to sides together.)
10. Now take your grosgrain ribbon and cut three 12" strips.
( I used the width of my machine as a guide.)
(Don't put the ribbon directly over the flame or you will have a black ribbon from soot. Just hold them at the edge of the flame.)
(Now you have clean edges.)
( My spaces were about 2 or 2 1/2" apart.)
( This is what mine looked like when I was done)
( Place your ribbon side down on the couch as you would with your zippered pillow or show off the cute bows!)
This is a simple way to keep your pillows fresh and clean!
Have a great day!
Savvy Southern Style
Savvy Southern Style