Friday, October 03, 2008

Ugly pillow to pretty pillow transformation

1. Measure your ugly pillow. Mine was 15 inches square. Add 2 inches to each side to get your fabric measurements. So, my 15 inches square turns to 17 inches square.

2. Cut one piece of fabric to your measurement. At this point I have one piece of fabric that is 17 inches by 17 inches. This is the front of your pillow.

3. Divide your measurement in half (17 x 17 would now be 8.5 x 8.5). Take this number and add 3 (8.5 +3=11.5). Now, cut two pieces of fabric to this mesurement (17 x 11.5). These two pieces will make up the back envelope of the cover.

4. On the two smaller pieces, hem the two edges that will form the envelope opening. I did a rolled hem, meaning I folded in the edge 1/4" and then folded it in again, making a clean hem.

5. With the pretty sides of the fabric pieces facing each other, line up all three pieces. The smaller pieces will overlap, creating that envelope opening. Pin in place.

6. Sew all the way around all four edges. Turn out. Stuff with pillow.

Tada. Done. End of story. Easy Peasy.


Nowheymama said...

Oh, what cute illustrations! Thanks for the tutorial!

Laura said...

What a great idea! I am trying to figure out an easy way to recover my kitchen bar stools without having to do a huge job of it. Always fun.

Vickie said...

Hehehe I love the ugly pillow's sad little face! That looks easy enough that even I could do it.