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Update Your Living Room, Keep Your Throw Pillows

Not loving your plain pillows, or just in need of a refresh? Don't throw out your throw pillows.. spruce them up with a pillow case set that you can make yourself!

Today's tutorial is brought to you by Marlayna's mom! A woman of many skills, one of which is being excellent at sewing (sadly, not a skill Marlayna ever learned to embrace... oops! regretting that now!!). Fortunately, she's helping us out with a guest post to show you how you can easily spruce up a set of throw pillows by creating your own pillowcases! Honestly, one of the best parts for this project was going to Joanns and picking out the fabrics :) & If they look familiar, you may recognize these from our Love you to Infinity Styled Shoot! Let us know what colors and fabrics you'd love to see your pillows get dressed with, and we hope this tutorial will be a fun DIY for your home!

MATERIALS:

Pillows or pillow forms
Fabric-height of the pillow plus 1 1/2" by 2x the width of the pillow + 6"-8" 
Thread
Iron
Scissors
Sewing Machine
Ruler
Tape Measure
Straight Pins
Fabric Marking Pencil

Throw Pillow Pillowcases Directions

Choosing Fabrics

1 Choosing Fabrics

When choosing fabric for your pillows, try to offset a pattern against a solid of one of the colors. This will add some nice contrast when they are side by side.

Pillow Forms

2 Pillow Forms

You can buy commercially made pillow forms or some pillows that could use a refresher. In this case we’re using some pillows we already own since the covers aren’t permanent.

Measuring the pillows

3 Measuring the pillows

Use a tape measure (not a ruler!) so you can measure the pillow including it’s thickness. Measure across the pillow making sure it lays flat without pulling tightly. Do the same to measure the height of the pillow. Add 1 ¼” to each of those measurements. That will allow for a 5/8” seam.
 

Trim for a straighter edge

4 Trim for a straighter edge

If your fabric was cut unevenly when you purchased it, use a straight edge to get a perfect straight edge to start your measurements from.

Mark with a sewing pencil

5 Mark with a sewing pencil

Mark off the height of your pillow
 

Mark your pieces (you will have 3 total)

6 Mark your pieces (you will have 3 total)

Now, divide the measurement across by 2, then add 6”-8” (depending on whether you want a 3 “ or 4” overlap of the back flaps.) Mark off using a sewing pencil. For example: If the pillow is 20” across x 18” and you want 3” flaps, you will mark off 2 pieces that are 18” x 13”.
 

Hem the edges

7 Hem the edges

Fold over and hem on the edge of each of the back pieces.

Create the back flaps

8 Create the back flaps

You will have 3 pieces, one front and two backs that are 3” or 4” more than half the front. Pin both back pieces to the front panel, right sides facing each other and sew a seam along the edge. Then sew across the top and bottom. The back pieces will overlap to create the pocket for the pillow.
 

Cut corners (for easier turning)

9 Cut corners (for easier turning)

Cut diagonally across corners, then turn right side out and flatten and press seams.
 

Stuff it!

10 Stuff it!

Stuff pillow inside one of the flaps, then bring remaining flap up and over other edge of pillow. Re-adjust corners until they are even.
 

Start the accent pillowcase

11 Start the accent pillowcase

Use a tape measure (not a ruler!) so you can measure the pillow including it’s thickness. Measure across the pillow making sure it lays flat without pulling tightly. Do the same to measure the height of the pillow. Add 1 ¼” to each of those measurements. That will allow for a 5/8” seam.
 

Hem the edge (again!)

12 Hem the edge (again!)

Fold over and hem on the edge of each of the back pieces.
 

Three pieces create the flaps

13 Three pieces create the flaps

You will have 3 pieces again, one front and two backs that are 3” or 4” more than half the front. Pin both back pieces to the front panel, right sides facing each other and sew a seam along the edge. Then sew across the top and bottom. The back pieces will overlap to create the pocket for the pillow.
 

Cut corners again!

14 Cut corners again!

Cut diagonally across corners to help in turning right side out.

Flip it out!

15 Flip it out!

Turn right side out
 

Stuff & Admire: Your Perfect Pillow Pair!

16 Stuff & Admire: Your Perfect Pillow Pair!

Stuff pillow inside one of the flaps, then bring remaining flap up and over other edge of pillow. Re-adjust corners until they are even.

Bonus: Use them in a styled shoot!

Bonus: Use them in a styled shoot!

These pillows were the perfect addition to our infinity styled shoot. They added the right amount of style and comfort to our lovely anniversary shoot!

Meet the Authors

Marlayna is not only a wedding photographer, but also works at UMBC taking photos for our alma mater! When she's not photographing, she loves to kick back and relax with her husband Adam and their two cats Zoe and Annie! And when they're not at home, they love to travel and try new beers, cocktails, and of course, delicious food!