Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Improv Throw Pillow Covers

As I started writing this post, I was feeling embarrassed that I've been meaning to make these pillow covers since May. That's many months ago. But, then I decided that I am so happy with the results, so excited that I actually did finish them, never mind the time delay, that you're going to get me and my enthusiastic endorsement of my own handiwork.

You may remember that during Virginia's bachelorette scavenger hunt, we went to Purl Patchwork in NYC and she choose two yards of fabric that her sister Caroline and I would make into pillows for her as a memento of the day. I thought of the idea and figured that even though I'd never done this, pillows couldn't be that hard. And they're not.

Essentially (and this isn't a real tutorial since I kind of made it up along the way and thankfully it worked!), I cut the yard of fabric in half and used each half to make a cover for a 16x16 pillow. I did an overlapping seam on one side so that they are removable (and washable) but they didn't require zippers or any fancy fasteners. I used the pillow as my guide for how wide to make the covering and while they might not look entirely like something one would buy in a store, I think they are pretty nice for my first attempt. (Though to prove to you how little I know about sewing, I couldn't get my bobbin to catch, so I hand sewed them since that's what I'm more comfortable with anyway!)

So Virginia, as soon as I can find a box for these, they will be on their way to you. Just in time for you to start planning the living room decor of your soon-to-be new house. Maybe the timing on these worked out for the best after all!


  1. super cute! :) I loooove that fabric.

  2. I am so excited to see these in person!!! They look fantastic.

    Though clearly I need to come give you a bobbin tutorial because that is a lot of hand sewing! (Well not for you, obviously.)

  3. Oh V, if only you could always live down the street for me to load my bobbin when needed. I just don't understand it, even after I've been shown how to do it over and over. I mean I know how to do it, but I don't know what to do when it gets stuck. Hrmp. But yes, it's not a lot of hand sewing for me!