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DIY Pillow Cover

Pillows can be a wonderful addition to any space.  They have the ability to turn a boring couch into a conversation piece, or turn a dull living room into a bright place to entertain.  What’s even better about pillows?  Pillow covers are super easy to make!

Just a little FYI – this tutorial is for a 14X14 pillow.  You can follow the same steps for any size pillow, just change the size of your cuts:)  The thing to keep in mind is that your front piece will be the same size as your insert (14X14 insert = 14X14 cut, 12X16 insert = 12X16 cut) – this will ensure that the insert fills out your pillow case nicely:)

What you’ll need:

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-scrap fabric (get creative – it can be the same on the front/back, different fabrics, or you could even print/write/draw on your fabric to make it your very own!)

-basic sewing supplies (thread, pins, ruler, marker)

– iron

1.  Cut out a 14X14 square (or the same size as your pillow insert if you plan to make a different size).  We are using our own little design that we screen printed – cute, huh?!

2.  Cut out 2 pieces for your envelope back.  For a 14X14 pillow, you’ll need two pieces cut 14X10.5  (length = 3/4 original).  The key here is to make sure these two pieces overlap enough to cover the insert when it’s all stuffed inside.  **Some pics may show 2 different sizes for the back, but after you stuff the pillow, there might be a gap if one is shorter (like I did).  Learning from my mistakes, so you can, too!

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3.  Take one of your back pieces, wrong side up, fold in 1/4″ along the bottom and press.  Fold in another 1/4″ and press again. Repeat with the remaining back piece, then sew along each pressed hem.

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4.  Place your front piece right side up, then place each back piece right side down (so that right sides are touching).  Your back pieces will overlap – this is a good thing:)

5.  Pin front and back pieces together, then measure and mark 1/2″ all the way around (optional).  I say this step is optional, because if you’re comfortable sewing without pinning and marking, have at it!

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6.  Sew 1/2″ all the way around, back-stitching at each corner.

7.  Trim the corners and turn that baby right side out!  Make sure to turn the corners!

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8.  Stuff that insert into the cover, taking time to fill out the corners.

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And, you’re done!  Put that baby somewhere fun and show it off!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook to stay caught up on all our tutorials!

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