Don’t ever spend $50 or more on a pillow again! I have a secret for making gorgeous, professional-looking pillows and you don’t even have to use a sewing machine! Now that’s my kind of “sewing” project (sewing machines and I seem to have a hate-hate relationship). You can make your own pillows like the one above for very cheap and you only need 3 ingredients. Here’s what you need:
- 1 Pillow, any size – You might have old pillows around the house that you hate looking at…just use those for this project and recover them! If you don’t have any old pillows just go to any fabric or craft store and you can buy pillows with batting already in them for very cheap.
- Fabric – As a guideline for how much fabric you will need: 1 yard covers a 24″ pillow pretty perfectly.
- Liquid Stitch Fabric Glue – this stuff is an obsession of mine. I couldn’t live with out it. Because sewing machines aren’t for me, I use Liquid Stitch for any and all sewing related projects.
Ok, get ready to be blown away at how easy this is…
1. Today I made a cover to fit a 24″ pillow, so for my demonstration I’m going to explain this using the 24″ size. A 24″ pillow is a pretty large pillow, but I do have a reason for recovering such a big pillow (which I will share in a post later about making your sofa totally FAB). Anyway, typically pillows are more in the 16″-20″ range. Just adjust the sizing you see here in my instructions based on the size of the pillow you are making. The rule of thumb is to add 2″ to the width and height. For our example: With the fabric face-up on the floor, cut out the fabric 2″ bigger than your pillow – so for a 24″ square pillow, cut out a 26″ square.
2. Next, you need to cut the second piece larger than the first because this is going to be an envelope pillow so the back flaps will overlap each other. For the 2nd piece add 4″ to the height of the last piece you cut and keep the width the same. The width on this piece will remain 26″ wide, but the height will be 30″ tall.
3. Now cut the 26″W x 30″H piece in half horizontally, so this piece becomes two separate pieces at 26″W x 15″H.
4. Flip the 26″ W x 15″ H pieces over to be face-down.
5. Using Liquid Stitch, on the top 26×15 piece, glue the BOTTOM side to finish that edge off. Leave the other 3 edges (left, right and top side) unfinished. And then, on the bottom 26×15 piece, glue the TOP side to finish that edge off. Leave the other 3 edges (left, right and bottom side) unfinished. In other words, finish off only the 2 middle edges that are facing each other. So only 1 of 4 edges will be finished off on each piece. (Make sure you put something like a scrap piece of fabric underneath the fabric when you glue so glue doesn’t seep through and ruin your work surface.)
6. Now, keeping the 26″ x 26″ piece face-up, lay the two 26″ x 15″ pieces face-down on top of the 26″ x 26″ piece. Line up all 4 corners with the 26″ x 26″ square piece. The two finished-off sides of the 26″ x 15″ pieces will overlap each other.
7. Glue all 4 sides of the 26″ x 26″ square together, binding the bottom face-up piece to the 2 face-down pieces.
8. Glue the sides where the two 26″ x 15″ pieces overlap too. Now all 4 sides of the square pillow should all be glued together and sealed shut.
9. Let it dry overnight to ensure it is thoroughly dry. Tomorrow you will turn the entire pillow cover right-side-out and stuff it with your pillow like you are stuffing an envelope. It will take a little bit of tugging to get your pillow inside the cover so you really want to make sure the glue is totally and completely dry.
10. Ok, after it has had hours to dry you can now turn the cover right-side-out.
11. Stuff your gorgeous cover with your pillow and you are done! How easy was that?! So much easier than struggling with threading a bobbin and tangled thread and the overall miseries of sewing machines!
Have any questions on how it’s done? If any of the directions are unclear, please leave a comment below and I’ll try to clarify. If you try this, I’d love to hear about how it turns out!