Pillow Makeover

I almost cringe when I post anything about pillows… I have a lot of posts on pillows. I know, I know. In my defense they’re easy, they’re fun, and when it’s cold like this I have NO motivation to do anything… not even make pillowcases, actually.

I digress.

This pillow has been with me since 2005 when I bought my first house; my condo that I just moved out of in September, actually.

IMG_3653It was beautiful at one point. Then, a few of the sparklies came undone and a 5 year old grandson kept picking them off because “they were just hanging” and he thought he was doing me a favor… Gammy’s little helper! 🙂

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I finished the job he started.

I wanted to cover this now naked pillow form with something “festive.” It is Christmas, after all. I had some scrap leftover from my buttonhole blouse and decided to use that.

IMG_3656Even the edges out with a rotary mat & blade. Then I measured the pillow and cut the scraps accordingly… leave a little extra room for the seam allowances, of course.

IMG_3659I don’t do zippers… so for the back of the pillow I just cut two pieces of fabric to overlap each other for the “closure” of the pillowcase. This is the easiest method for a fake seamstress like myself.

Finish what will be the exposed hems on the back of the pillowcase.

Pin
Pin, then sew 

I did this twice (for each of the two back pieces, obvi) 🙂

The “assembly” of the pillowcase was pretty easy. Right sides together, put the back pieces on top of the front panel piece.

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Pin around the entire perimeter.

It should look like this when you take it to your sewing machine.

IMG_3663Sew around all four edges. The middle seams where the three panels end up overlapping will be quite thick, which is why I sewed it on the beast (aka the Janome 8900).

IMG_3664Turn the material right side out when you’re finished and put the pillow form into the case.

IMG_3665An easy, festive makeover is now complete!

IMG_3836Things are a little messy at the new homestead…

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We’re preparing for Santa’s arrival 😀

I decided to move the pillow around a bit…

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I know I make pillowcases all the time… but they really are easy 🙂 Plus, they’re a really fun way to change up your home decor. I can make a pillowcase from scraps for every season or holiday and have a new look for the couch without breaking my piggy bank. What’s not to love about that?

And, even though you and I know this was super easy to make… my house guests always seem to be amazed that “You MADE that?!?!

Why yes, yes I did. And it was free.

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