Easiest Pillow Covers Ever
I really want to show you how to make these easy pillow covers, but things have been a bit 'eventful' around here. I debated whether or not to share all of this, but part of it is really important. Let me begin...
It started with my husband's emergency laser surgery last week for retinal tear in his left eye. He is currently on 'light-duty' - no bending, lifting, etc, as well as, no reading and very limited screen time...serious business!
My PSA: If you have a sudden burst of floaters and/or flashes of light in your eye, seek immediate medical attention. We headed to the ER and from there, the retina specialist's office where the surgery was done. We go back in a week to see how things are healing. In the meantime, he's resting and hoping that spider in his eye goes away...we've named him 'Boris'....gotta have a sense of humor when these things happen, right?
Then we also had a snowstorm - about 10 inches. Can I tell you how glad I am that we don't have a driveway and sidewalk to clear anymore??
Beeeecause this morning, I had a muscle in my back spasm and I'm currently in the recliner with an icepack/heat after taking ibuprofen and a muscle relaxer. Ugh!
Now that we know everyone at the Cottage is falling apart (don't worry, we're pretty tough and we will heal), shall we talk about those pillow covers? I think we should. Here we go....
If you like to change your pillows often but don't have room to store them, I have the solution: Make pillow covers.
They take less than 30 minutes to complete, so, let's get started.
The first thing you need are pillow forms. They are available everywhere and I bought a package of 2 16" pillow forms for about $15.
Now, grab your fabric. For each 16" pillow, you will need 2 pieces: A 17" x 17" piece and a 17" x 23" piece. I added 6" for the back...you'll see why in a minute.
After setting aside the 17" x 17" piece, cut the 17" x 23" piece in half along the 23" side.
You will have two pieces that each measure 17" x 11.5". Along the 17" side of each piece, press under 1/4".
Fold it under again...
One side of each piece is now hemmed and, believe it or not, you're almost done!
Take the 17" x 17" piece and place it on the table face up. Facing down, match the raw edges of one of your smaller pieces to one side of the 17" x 17" piece with the hemmed side facing in. Then match the other small piece to the opposite side. The hemmed edges will overlap in the middle.
Pin and stitch completely around the outer edge of the 17" x 17" pillow cover using a 1/2" seam.
As you are looking at this photo, you are able to slide your hand in under the seam to turn the cover out. But first, clip your corners:
Once turned, insert your pillow form and you're done!
Now make another one and put them on your sofa!
This is such an easy way to change your pillows and storage is a breeze. Just take them off the pillow form, fold, and store on a shelf or in a drawer. That's SO much better than storing pillows!
I recently made a set for Valentine's Day out of a tablecloth, so don't feel like you have to buy fabric. Take a look around the house and see if there's anything you're not using that would make pretty pillow covers. Tablecloths, tea towels, and fabric scraps are all fair game.
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