Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DIY Pillow Covers

I recently took a trip to Ikea and picked up 4 Hendriksdal chairs, which you may have come across in my Best of Ikea post.  The Hendriksdal chair is a beautiful parsons chair with an easy to clean slip cover.  Although the chairs are beautiful on their own, I felt like they needed a pop of color... so I decided to get on sewing my own pillow covers to take my kitchen nook to the next level!  This is a great project for beginners, as it consists of only a few simple straight stitches.  Easy and darling!

Cute right?!  I fell in love with this fabric at Hancock Fabrics.  I had been looking for a fabric to freshen up this room, and this was the perfect fit.  It combines the sage green in my nearby living room and brings in some spa blue and yellow to brighten things up... it is exactly what I had been looking for!  Along with the look, it was only $16 per yard.  Since I only needed 1 1/2 yards of fabric to complete 2 pillows, this was quite a steal for the perfect fabric.

Some things you will need to complete this project:

1 1/2 yards of fabric
2, 12" x 16" pillow inserts
fabric pins
sewing machine

Begin by measuring out your fabric.  The first piece you will need is for the front of the pillow.  I keep a 1/2" seam allowance on either side, adding 1 inch to the width and length of the pillow measurements.  To simplify that... just cut a 13" x 17" piece of fabric for the front of the pillow.

Next, you will want to cut the 2 pieces for the back.  These 2 pieces will create an envelope for the pillow to be inserted into.

The first piece will need to measure 13" x 9".  This piece will be the front of the envelope and will fall in the center of the pillow.  The other piece will need to measure 13" x 11".  This will give enough room for overlap to create the envelope and not allow the pillow to show through the opening.

Once you have your pieces cut, pin your seams and sew the edges of the envelope, as shown in the picture above.  Once those edges are hemmed, pin the rest of the cover's edges together.  When you do this step, make sure to pin everything inside out, so that your stitches will be on the inside of the fabric.

Next, just sew your edges, stuff in the pillow, and voilah!  You have your own beautiful pillow cover!  


  1. Very cute! They dress up the chairs nicely.

  2. I love the chairs, and I love them even more with the cute pillows! Great job!! I love your fabric choice.

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