When I made some changes to the guest room (swapped out art, changed the linens and added an antique quilt) I knew I also wanted to swap out the accent pillows on the bed. However, since I have so many pillow forms sitting in the basement I decided that rather than buy new pillows, I’d make some pillow covers.
Originally I planned on buying some fabric and making the envelope pillow covers that I’ve made in the past but when I found beautiful yellow fabric napkins at Target I changed my mind (4 for $9.99). I figured there was an easy way to sew two of the napkins together to form a cover but rather than try to figure it out I did a quick search online and came across Kate’s easy no-sew instructions instead.
Head over to her site for instructions but here are some changes I made: During step 1 she has you ‘hem’ the seams you just cut. I decided this was extra work that wasn’t necessary so rather than do that, when you layer the seams over one another to make the opening (step 3) I just used the already hemmed edges of the napkin (so the non-cut sides). The edges you cut would be hidden inside of the cover anyway so why waste the time? :)
I’ve decided that while making covers without a sewing machine was nice, I prefer to sew my edges. Also, with these, you can’t use fat pillow forms since the back won’t come close to closing (even with my skinnier pillow forms I had to use safety pins to close the back).
These were super easy to make and I did both pillows in less than half an hour. Not a bad way to spend the evening and an inexpensive way to dress up some old pillows.