Thursday, August 23, 2012

How to make an envelope pillow case

Hope everyone is having a great summer!  It has been a long time since I've written a post.   I've been so busy playing "Camp Mommy" for my children, I have not had time to do anything creative.  My kids want to go to the beach everyday.  Even though the beach is only a block away,  I still have to watch them in the water.  This is not  the worst past time!  I find my self welcoming the rainy days so that I can at least get some house work done.
Well, enough of my tales of woe,  lets talk about a small project that I did manage to accomplish. I made some throw pillows for my sofas in one of my favorite patterns.
One of the wonderful advantages of throwing in some accent pillows to a room is that they can bring in some well needed color to a space.  Such as my couch that is very brown like the rest of the room.  Adding the throw pillows on the couch broke up the monotonous color.

Here are some images of really beautiful pillows...

Tropical Living Room design by Miami Architect Errez Design Inc.

Tropical Living Room design by St Louis Interior Designer Savvy Surrounding Style

Contemporary Bedroom design by Orange County Interior Designer Jessica Bennett Interiors

Source: via Sheer on Pinterest

Source: via Sheer on Pinterest

Source: via Sheer on Pinterest

                             How to make an envelope pillow

 If you plan to wash the pillow covers, I recommend washing and ironing the fabric beforehand.  This way it will not shrink when its washed later.

What you will need...
- 1 yard of fabric. 
- matching thread
- scissors
- pen/pencil for marking
- yard stick or ruler 
- sewing machine
- measuring tape
- Iron
- pins

How to cut for the pillow

My pillow is 18"X 18", so I cut out one 19"X 19" piece of fabric for the front of the pillow.
For the back side of the pillow, I cut out  19" X  26" piece and cut this piece in half, this way the fabric will overlap nicely.
There should be one 19" X 19" piece for the front  and two 13"X 19" pieces of fabric for the back
Sew a 1/2" hem on one side of the edge of the two 13"X 19" pieces of fabrics.
Repeat this on the other small panel

Sewing all together

Lay the 19"X 19" piece of fabric right  side up
Lay one of the 13"X 19" piece wrong side down over the large  piece from the top.  The hem on the small piece should be at the middle of the large piece. Repeat with the other small piece.
Pin around the edges of the cover with all the pieces of fabric in place.
Sew along the edges using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Remove the pins
Cut excess fabric at the corners on a diagonal, so not to bunch up at the edges
Turn the pillow cover right side out
Put in the pillow form and it is that easy!

This project can be done in about a half an hour and it is so easy!

Have a great day! - Widget 1


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