Friday, September 2, 2011

V and Co: make your house pretty: affordable pillow covers


making this house pretty has been kind of a challenge to me.
first off, we have a super tight budget. i mean who wouldn't be after not having a job for 4 months and living off of what you have right? so when we sold most of our stuff to move across country on the lighter (cheaper) side...well, you end up getting in a house with a lot of empty space.
but because we sold a lot of our stuff, we were able to hold onto that money and once settled for a little bit of time, we used that money to semi furnish the house. oh no, it's still empty, but at least now we have a place to gather that's not on the floor.

our new couch came with these ugly striped pillows. i mean they might be cool for someone else, but for me not so much.
i kind of wanted something happy and colorful, but affordable. so i waited till all the boys went to school and then i piled up katie and we went to our hancock fabrics store and started to search. i found the "outdoor" fabric to be on sale for 40% off. love that. and well if it's suppose to withstand harsh conditions of mother nature...i figured that it would have a good chance of withstanding the harsh conditions of the 4 hooligans i call my kids.

so i bought with the 40% off deal at that moment 1 yard of this fabric originally priced $17.99 yard(i think it's full price again) for $10 something plus tax...lets just call it $12.
the measurement of the width of the bolt is 54" so i was able to make three pillows (2 at the 21" and one smaller one for the chair across the way.
i also used fabric i had for the back. yay for using up some of the stuff you already have!

this is how i made my covers:

first i measured my pillows i wanted to cover. these turned out to be 21" by 21"

-so from my patterned fabric and my back fabric i cut out two squares each measuring at 21" by 21" (yes i know i didn't add seam allowance, but you want your pillow to fully fill out the cover you are making. trust me it looks and fits better.)
-then i placed the right sides together and pinned in place.
-next i sewed around all three sides of the pillow cover

-on the 4th side i sewed only about 3" in from each side (back stitching at the start and stop of the stitch)
-this will make stuffing and closing your pillow easier.

-next i sewed diagonal about 1/4" to 1/2" in so your "ears" aren't so pointy when you turn it inside out.
this is what you end up having.


-turn inside out.
-now take your pillow and fold it in half. (squish it down good)
-and insert your pillow through the opening.
-make sure you adjust the pillow while you are placing it inside. try to put the corners with the corners and flatten out and adjust your pillow once you get it in there.
hand stitch or machine close the bottom opening.

three pillows for $12 bucks...uh $4 bucks a pillow aint bad considering most pottery barn pillows cost at least $36 each. and that my friends is making my house pretty on a budget.


i like the color it gives and i love that i can easily change them out when i tire of them, because they only cost me $4 each to make.

one thing down...a bazillion more to go...
have a great weekend. i have more sewing i've been doing to show you monday. :)

28 comments:

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Oh, I love the fabric you used!!! Much better then the original! Curious to see what other project you come up with. Have a wonderful day!

a little bit biased said...

so cute. love the 4 dollars a pop deal. they look great with everything else you've got going on in there.

hope you're doing well :)

amber

Kwilt Noob said...

Fabulous! Man, I'm glad you're back at it! :)

sonia said...

It's amazing following you, you're so smart! Love the things you do. I wish you the best of luck in your new life and with your projects.

Jamie said...

thanks for the "ears" diagonal tip! so often my pillows look like they have four strange pointy growths coming out of the corners :)

Biz said...

Easy Peasy and ADORABLE fabric ;)
Thanks for the make-over tip!

Have a Blessed Day!
Biz

Esch House Quilts said...

Your pillows look great! Thanks for the idea about sewing across the corners. I never would have thought of that :)

Mindy said...

I'm craving your simplicity right now. I've got to get rid of some stuff. LoVe the new pillow! Much better than the original for sure! You're the bomb.

Crystal Hendrix said...

Lovely just Lovely!! :D

amylouwho said...

That is how I do my pillows too! I love not worrying about a zipper. This fabric is really pretty, Hancock's can surprise you sometimes.

Alex Duenkel said...

You inspired me! I just got back from Hancock Fabrics! Ready for the much needed makeover my sofa pillows need.
Thank YOU!

Yara said...

I wanted to run and get fabric (from my fabric bins, not the store) and redo my pillows. Then I realized it has been a few years since I've seen my pillows. Sigh. I have three small ones from Ikea I bought last year, because apparently the old ones, the nice size ones I bought when I got married 11 3/4 years ago, have disappeared.

Leigh Anne said...

Nice job! Love the fabric :)

Luke and Hailie Girl said...

love the fabric you used, and I do that same thing to all my pillows.. best thing ever to change out looks :)

Nancy said...

Those look so much better, they say 'Welcome'! Thanks for the sewing tip, I will have to do that since I am about to re~do my living room pillows with 'Boat Cloth'~

Huggs, Nancy

Cindy said...

Now how awesome is that? Pretty darn awesome, I say!

Rachel said...

Very pretty! Amazing what one can do with a bit of fabric and ingenuity!

bethanndodd said...

Yay for pretty on a budget...nicely done. Hope your weekend is fabulous! Smiles~Beth

mandysri said...

Thanks for the tip on how to make the cushion look nice and "full" and how to do the corners. I would never have thought of that!

KMower said...

So lovely.

When youtire of them, I will gladly take them off your hands :)

Jenny said...

I love your pillows! Can you tell me if your couches are green? They look like they are the same color of green as my couches, and I'm really struggling trying to decorate my living room because of the color of my couches. I will check back in the comment section, so if you can answer there, that would be great. Thank you!

lisa said...

kaap sharing, I am stealing the ideas I love!

Miss Nancy said...

Great ideas and great tips! Thank you for sharing.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

marisa said...

I was looking at my awful looking pillows that came with our couch and wished I could go buy some new ones. Um..don't need to now! Thanks!!

V and Co. said...

jenny, my couches are actually a chocolate brown.
my suggestion would be not to try to decorate around your couches, because someday you will either recover them or buy new ones...so decorate how you would want the rest of the room to look like and save pennies here and there to finally get the couch to go with the rest of your house! :)

Patty said...

Looks great!

Brandi said...

I used that same fabric for a garden flag that I made! Good choice!

Eryn said...

Call me crazy but I love that striped fabric on your original pillows! I'd gladly trade you new pillow forms for your old pillows!!

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