Friday, July 9, 2010

Pillow Covers

Having a beige couch with 4 beige pillows can seem quite...boring.


So, in order to liven up my husband's office, I opted for pillow covers. I found this fabric and knew I had to use it. Luckily, I have a great friend who loves to sew!


I started by measuring my original pillow and cutting the fabric and fabric lining 1/2 inch more per side (for the seams). Then we turned the fabrics facing each other to pin. I pinned the ribbon ties along the edges also facing in (so, when we finished sewing and turned it right side out, the ribbons would be hanging out). After sewing, we pressed the edges.


Then I tied the two fabric pieces together with the pillow inside, and voila! I now have some excitement to my beige couch!!

Now we can sit and enjoy!

My friend even made a window treatment using the same fabric and fabric lining. She made a large rectangle for the window and then used the same ribbon to tie the edges giving it more shape. Such a quick and easy solution to my world of beige!


I'll be linking to these great parties this week, so be sure to check them out! Enjoy your summer weekend!!

25 comments:

Kasey Hunt July 9, 2010 at 6:00 AM  

It looks great. I like the use of the ribbons on the pillow cover and the valance looks very nice. Good choice.

Kim @ Frost Me! July 9, 2010 at 6:24 AM  

agreed! Love the ribbon detail (hopefully your husband didn't object too much!)

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
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Tiffany July 9, 2010 at 7:20 AM  

I have always loved that fabric you chose. It goes perfectly in the room and such a great solution to easily cover pillows that need a little color! Looks awesome!

Jessica July 9, 2010 at 7:26 AM  

I love the fabric Amy!

Patrice July 9, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

I love these. What a great solution for something you don't want to be permanent. Gorgeous fabric.

Allison July 9, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

Those are so cute and easy! Maybe I will do that with some of our sofa pillows instead of just buying new ones.

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Laura PARING DOWN July 9, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

I love love love the colors and pattern in that fabric. Lovely!

:) Laura

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum July 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

I was totally thinking you could do this and switch them out through the seasons!

The Cannary's July 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

Gorgeous fabric and i love the way you made the covers a tie on - easy to clean and something different!

The Cannary's July 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

Gorgeous fabric and i love the way you made the covers a tie on - easy to clean and something different!

Erin A July 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

These look so great! I love the addition of the ribbon, it adds a great little something extra. The fabric is beautiful!

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide July 9, 2010 at 1:40 PM  

Definitely a nice splash of color. Lurv that pattern.

Maria July 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM  

What a cute twist on a slip cover! I love the matching window treatment too!

Janis July 10, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

What a great solution!!! I recently wanted to lighten up the red pillows on my couch but didn't want to purchase new ones. I ended up buying cheap muslin and wrapping them like a package and pinning the fabric to the back with safety pins ... i know ...UGH!!! Your idea will get me moving in a better direction. Thanks!!!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net July 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

The pillows are really cute, but I love, love, love the easy window treatments! I need to do something for my bedroom, and I think this is the perfect (easy) solution. Easy being the key word!
thanks for sharing and inspiring!
gail

Jocelyn July 14, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

What a cute idea and I love the matching valance:-)

Helena July 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

I love that fabric! And I love how quick and easy it will be to launder these.

Thank you for linking this up as well!

Erin A July 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

Hey Amy,

I just saw that this whole post was featured on Remodelaholic here, didn't know if you'd seen it.

http://www.remodelaholic.com/2010/07/sewing-pillow-cover-tutorial-guest.html

Amy July 15, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

Erin-Thanks so much for letting me know!!

muralimanohar July 16, 2010 at 3:37 AM  

What a cool way to do those! I think I am going to have to try that! :D

Jenny July 16, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

I have been wanting to make seasonal pillows for our back porch (Halloween, Fall, Christmas, etc) as we use it almost year round. Problem - I didn't have the space to store 8 pillows for each season. Here is my solution! One set of pillows and and a set of pillow covers for each season/holiday. Thanks for solving my problem!

Wifeof1Momof4 July 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM  

Neat idea! Great job.

JHill July 17, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Sheri@childmade.com July 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM  

The popularity of your link-up has earned a feature as one of this week's top 10 favorites on my weekly newsletter! Great post!

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