DIY Pillow Slipcovers


Pillows!  I love patterned pillows.  Pillows allow one to add patterns and colors to a room in an inexpensive way.  I have been looking high and low for blue pillows or pillow covers to add color to the living room and have been unsuccessful finding ones that were in my budget so I decided to make my own.  I already have the pillows, but just needed covers. 

So why do I need to make pillow covers? We have an open concept living room, kitchen, and dining room situation.  The ceiling in the dining room was painted blue and we didn't mind it so we bought a rug that went with that color scheme.  When that happened, we realized that we needed to add some blue into our living room area instead of all the black, grey, and whites.  We already have orange going on in there too which we carried over from our last house.  Orange and royal/navy blue look great together.  We recently purchased a zig-zag/chevron patterned navy and white rug for the living room so I wanted the pillows on the couch to go with that.  Pretty much there was a whole chain effect leading to the making of these pillow covers.

When looking for easy patterns, this one in particular stuck with me because it didn't require a zipper and still could be removed.  Following the tutorial was easy to follow the steps and didn’t take much time at all.  The measuring was easily modified, as my pillows were larger than the ones in the tutorial. Here is the breakdown:

  •  My pillows were 20 x 20 inches, so my width was measured at 21”.   
  • The overhang in the tutorial adds 6 inches to the length, but I did 7” and still had enough to overlap in the back. 
  • The length was 47” measured (2 x 20" = 40 + 7= 47”). 
  • No matter the size of your pillow, make sure you give yourself an extra inch to the width and enough overlap on the length.

Saving some money tips...

The fabric came from the reminisce pile at Hobby Lobby. The pillows were down inserts from pillows purchased in the clearance section at TJ Maxx for $12.99.  No need to spend big bucks (regularly at least $30) on down inserts.  Instead, buy ugly but quality down pillows that have zippers so you can easily remove the insides and reuse.   Quality pillows retain the sweet "karate chop" dent in the top. Try it out!

Happy sewing!

<3 mk

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