Sunday, January 1, 2012

10 minute pillow

I recently purchased new couches and I am lacking pillows! 
These pillows are a perfect addition to my wannabe cottage.

 I am going to show you how to cover a pillow in 10 minutes! This is an envelope style pillow.
 My pillow measures 16 x 16
so you will cut one strip of fabric 17" wide.  The length will be  from when it was on the bolt (so the basic width on a bolt of fabric is 36)

fold one end and sew so that you don't see the raw edge.

now you will fold your fabric into the size of your pillow
I just place my pillow over it and since it is folded then there is not going to be a seam allowance needed.
now pin the sides really good and sew both sides of your fabric

when sewing burlap I use a different type of stitch
After you sew both sides then believe it or are done! Turn it inside out...

you just made a pillow cover with one piece of fabric!
now you can embellish it....

 or if you used cute fabric then there is nothing more to do.
 but  I'll show you how I  added a "belt" to my pillow.
I cut the strip 10" wide then folded it in half

right here I am also putting a stitch down the middle because burlap sometimes has a mind of its own.
If you get matching thread you will never even see the stitch.
attach both ends of the burlap then attach the flower over the seam.

As for the flower....
I use felt for the petals. just cut out the shapes then when you chain sew them together make sure you use the longest stitch so you can gather the petals together before you glue them (used a hot glue gun)

Now slip your belt around the pillow....

Pretty cool right?
So after all this I'm still not sure if I like the look?   I want to have something more crisp and bold like this....

I just got new couches just like this but not pure white. It is linen color but it seams dreary:
I definitely need to get more pillows (i'm working on it)   I just don't know what colors???
But I do love the pop of color coming from my vases.

I like the nuetral colors in this as well. so now i'm thinking if I do a bold color is it still okay to mix burlap into it? Does burlap really only go with off white or white?  Anywho...just thinking outloud.
I did purchase some chevron prints from so we will wait and see.

sew many ways
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  1. Love your cushion covers! What a great little tutorial - and I like the idea of adding the 'belt' which could then be removable or transferable!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Just found your blog from Creating my way to Success party. I'd like to subscribe or follow you by rss (I'm a wordpress blogger and learned too late they don't Google Friend Connect). FWIW I think burlap would go great with my green striped couch, so no to only off-white or white with burlap. :-) In fact I'm thinking of covering it with tan canvas. Janet

  3. Saw your post over at Sew Darn Crafty! Love these pillows. Pillows are a favorite of mine to made it look even easier!! Now everyone in my family may get one!! I'm a new follower~!

  4. I really like your burlap cushions, are they comfy though as I imagine they could be rough? You could use the colours from your vases to add a pop of colour to the sofa, green and orange toned fabric with burlap roses maybe, to tie them in?

  5. Hi Delilah! Just found your blog through Sew Darn Crafty....You are very creative! Love the burlap pillows, they look great on your couch! I'm now following you! Have a great day, Deanna

  6. I love those pillows - especially the flowers on them.

  7. I love the design of your new pillows! Great idea. If you want to try it...I have read how you can spray paint bulap and it comes out nicely. I mean it really can't get any rougher. Thy might give youths punch of color you are looking for. Just a thought! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love yours. You are super talented and I which I could knit!

  8. Gorgeous pillows! Love the flower!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party


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