I’m a throw pillow junkie and nothing makes me more pleased with myself than changing pillows up for the season. What makes me less happy is trying to store all the pillows I’ve accumulated over the years. Which is why I decided to try my hand at making Christmas envelope pillow covers this year. I figured I can put them over my regular pillows and when Christmas is over, I don’t have to find a place to store two extra pillows. If you want to use pillow forms, the cheapest place I’ve ever found them is here.
I’d like to tell you this was an easy project and it probably is for most people but I’m a non-sewer. And I don’t do math. So any time measuring, pinning, and a sewing machine is involved, I freak out a little.
Since I have no idea what I’m doing, I turned to one of my long saved pins from Krista at The Happy Housie. She does a great tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow cover that I followed as closely as possible.
I basically cut out two 18 inch wide by 42 inch long pieces of fabric just as she suggested and hemmed the envelope side before adding my applique. I used white muslin for these pillows as that was the least expensive and heavy fabric I could find. Broad cloth is cheaper but I was worried it would be too transparent if I was covering my regular patterned living room pillows.
I cut out two deer from a panel of cute Christmas fabric. Get ready….you’re gonna see this fabric a lot over the next few weeks. I heart it so much.
Once the deer were cut out, I used Heat n Bond to “glue the deer to the pillow form. Excuse the blur….I sew in the basement.
For the first pillow, I stitched around the edges of the deer cutouts before sewing the red rik rak ribbon around the edges.
Then I decided I didn’t like how sloppy that looked. For the second deer, I sewed the rik rak on without stitching the picture on first. I don’t think it mattered that much, I was just having a Jenna moment. (ie neurotic)
Once the deer appliqué was attached, I sewed around the edges of the pillow to make the envelope and popped in the pillows I had on hand. Bam! Christmas pillow covers. Just like that. Except it wasn’t. Because I don’t sew all that well and it took me over four hours. Next time, I’ll be a total pro though 😉
Do you swap out your throw pillows during Christmas?
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