Monday, March 8, 2010

Pillow Makeover: Quick Envelope Back Pillows

The pillows on the living room sofa have been bugging me for a while.  First of all, the sofa was not supposed to be in the living room, but in the basement, but when it was delivered it wouldn't fit down the stairs.  So, until we move, and we really don't have a need to, it will remain. 
Hubby was thrilled when his themed throw pillows matched, so I acquiesced.  It's all about compromise, right?  However, even he has admitted lately that they are looking a little worn.  The cording is unraveling, and let's face it, it's been a long winter and these are a little dreary!
 Spring has now officially sprung in our living room!  Yeah!  Those of you who know me know that my life has always been filled with bright and cheery things.  So now I have a little piece of spring in my living room while I await the snow melt.

This is the back of the pillow.  No buttons to fool with.  Easy in, easy out-- just in case he hates them!

1.  Measure size of existing pillow and add 1/2" seam allowance all the way around.  My pillow was 20" square, so I cut my squares at 21" allowing for 1/2" on all sides
2.  For pillow back, cut 2 pieces.  Divide by height OR width, depending on how you want your envelope oriented by 2, then add 4 ".  For example, 21"/2 = 10.5" + 4" = 14.5", so I cut two pieces with a width of 21 and a height of 14.5
3.  Hem the the bottoms of the back pieces with a 1.5" double hem (so, turn up 3/4", then turn up again, then stitch)
4.  Place front piece right side up, then the other pieces right side down so that they overlap each other, but are even with the front piece, pin, and sew all around with 1/2" allowance.
5.  Turn right side out and stuff with your pillow!

If you want more info on how to do this, I suggest the following website:, or the book The Sewing Bible, as they both have great tips on pillow making!

Weather in the 40s the last few days - could it really be Spring?

The Real Housewife of Sheboygan County

1 comment:

  1. You know when you're really gonna love these? When the baby throws-up/drools/pees on them and you can throw 'em in the wash. Kids are the whole reason we got slipcover furniture.

    You'll see.


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