Make Old Things New Again Part 2
The next project I would like to share with you is a very quick and easy change. There are several things that make this project a favorite of mine. It is very inexpensive to do and because of the way it is constructed, it is easily redone over and over for any season or holiday.
In part 1, I was working on bringing new life to some old things, however in part 2 I am looking at my current decor and creating a new look. I have these lovely matching pillows on my couch. They looked just fine in late winter this year, but as spring and summer were approaching I found I wanted to bring the color from outdoors inside.
I also thought about adding a few extra pillows for the couch and in my bedroom, so I purchased some pillow forms as well. Depending on the space, you could consider varying the sizes of pillows. Pillow forms come in several sizes and shapes and can add that extra touch that can bring it all together in any room.
For the couch I decided to go with a 16" square pillow. There is no hard and fast rule as far as seam allowance, but I prefer to use 1/2" because pillows often have extra stress put on the seams when the family is using them to puppy pile on the couch.
If you use a heavier fabric (like a tapestry or home decor) you will want to have a bit more space in the seam allowance to prevent fraying.
To calculate out the size for cutting your fabric, you will want to begin by measuring the width of the pillow and adding the seam allowance for each side. I then decide if I want it to be a snug fit or a bit loose and add a smidgen (1/4-1/2") to the width. The fullness of your pillow form (or lack thereof) should be part of the decision if you want to add a little wiggle room. For this cover I cut the width at 17" because my pillow form is not very lofty and the fabric is a
beautiful quilter's cotton. Next, measure the girth (the measurement around the middle of the form) and add between 4 1/2-5" on a smaller pillow and more on larger or lofty forms. This particular form is quite svelte so the cross over opening in the back of the cover does not need to overlap as much as a fluffy pillow.
On each short raw edge you will want to finish the edges by either serging or putting in a narrow hem.
Trim the corners close to get a nice sharp point when you turn it right side out.
You can reinforce the seams close to the corners to give a bit of added security if you plan to trim close.
So, it only takes a couple of measurements, two narrow hems, and two side seams and your done!
For about a 1/2 to 2/3 yard of fabric, you can cover most forms or existing pillows for an easy, inexpensive, and beautiful update to any room!
I do hope this inspires you to do something small to make a big change.
This is the most basic cover here and I am very happy with the simplicity of it, but there are so many things you can do to embellish it...can you imagine the possibilities?
Smiles, Sandra of Inspired Remnants LLC InspiredRemnants@gmail.com