As a busy working momma and blogger, I love projects I can do in a very short amount of time, like my 5 Minute DIY Vintage Industrial Pendant Light. Today’s project is not only quick, but thrifty as well. The supplies only cost $3, and I had enough to make two pillows! You’ve probably seen other’s make pillow covers out of cloth napkins, but these are made from inexpensive tea towels I picked up at TJ Maxx the other day. Aren’t they cute?
I really love this method because it’s no fuss – you don’t have to measure or cut, which is usually pretty time consuming when sewing. If you’d like to make some pillow covers of your own, here’s how.
1) Purchase tea towels – TJ Maxx and Marshals have a lot of great options for only a few dollars each! Tea towels generally measure about 20″ by 28″, so you will be able to cover a pillow that’s no larger than 18″ x 14″. My larger pillow was 18″ x 14″ and it barely fit.
2) Lay the tea towel face down, place the pillow on top, and then fold the towel over it, placing seam where you want it. Ideally, you would want it somewhere near the middle of the back of the pillow. On my smaller pillow I had to place the seam close to the bottom in order to get the grain sack stripes to show. This did make it more difficult, but not impossible.
3) Pull the folded part over snug and pin it in place on the sides. Then pinch the sides tight against the pillow and pin on one side, then the other, as shown. This is where you will sew your seam and is how you are able to skip the measuring and cutting. Try to pin in a straight line as much as possible.
4) Remove the pillow form very carefully (those pins are sharp!) through the flap created by the fold. (This pic actually shows the pillow being reinserted into the finished cover, but you get the idea :))
5) Using the straight pins as a guide, sew a seam along each edge. If you have a good sewing machine, you really just need to start the seam at the right point, and then make sure you don’t pull or twist the fabric as it feeds through the machine. I am fortunate enough to be able to use my MIL’s Bernina, so all I had to do was start my seam on the first pin, and then just allow the fabric to feed unimpeded.
6) You will want to trim the excess fabric so that you don’t have extra bulk inside the cover.
Turn the cover right side out. This is what the back of my large cover looks like.
Stuff your pillow throughout the flap. It was a pretty tight squeeze for the larger pillow, so I have a tiny gap at the back. I knew this would bug me, so I just sewed a little piece of velcro on to close the flap.
Yay! Two adorable pillow covers for a very small investment of time and money! Gotta love DIY! I love the way they look with my new DIY Pottery Barn inspired headboard, which I shared in this post.
Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post! If you make a pillow cover using this method I’d love to see it and share it on my social sites!
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