In my Fall Leaf Book Page Wall Art post, I posted this picture of an area right inside of our front door that I’m transforming to reflect the fall season. The leaf art brought a little fall in, but it’s still missing something.
It’s missing pillows! I already had one pillow on hand to use, but the area needed just one more pillow. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get tired of things really fast, so I didn’t want to buy an expensive fall pillow that I may not like next year. That’s when I decided to make my own easy fall pillow cover and just cover an existing pillow. I actually only spent a dollar for this project because I already had all the other supplies on hand from other projects.
Before we get started, for all you non-sewers out there, it is possible to use fabric glue for this project. Although, the pillow will last longer if you sew it together. Everyone else, rejoice that there’s no zipper or buttons 🙂 We’re making a simple envelope pillow.
- painter’s cloth or cotton fabric
- sewing machine
- large felt cut out (found at Dollar Tree)
- measuring tape/ruler
- pillow insert 20×20 or appropriate size for felt applique & pillow insert
I made my pillow 20 x 20 because that was the size of my existing pillow and it worked perfectly with the felt cut outs. If you have a different size insert, cut your pieces to fit your pillow and felt cut outs.
First, iron your painter’s cloth if it’s wrinkled. Now, I cut my envelope flaps a little smaller by accident… so, do as I say, not as I do…lol. Anyway, cut one 20″ x 20″ piece and two 14″ x 20″ pieces. Try to use the existing edge of the painter’s cloth for the finished back edge of the envelope pillow. If you don’t have any finished edges on your painter’s cloth, you’ll have to make a finished edge for the envelope closure.
Pin your felt applique in the middle of the 20″x 20″ square and begin to sew around all the cut out edges. I stitched about 3/8″ from the edge of the felt applique. You can use contrasting thread or the same color thread as your applique – it’s up to you.
Once you have sewn around all the edges of the felt piece, pin the right sides of the front and backs flaps of the pillow together. Sew along all four edges. If you have a serger, finish off the edges here or zig-zag stitch around the edges to prevent unraveling/fraying. **Just make sure the right sides are facing each other when you sew along the edges**
Turn right side out and insert the pillow into the cover. Easy peasy! And the best part is that I can easily change and store these when I’m not using them.
Aren’t those cute?! I plan on making more for Halloween ones with some glow in the dark paint and Christmas ones too! Will you be adding themed pillows to your fall decor?