Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIY Pillow Slipcovers

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DIY Pillow Slipcover Tutorial

Finally it looks like some sunny skies in the weather forecast here!

Chevron Pillow Home Decor

This DIY adventure started in the cold gray dreary days of February. And it's Pookie's (my sister Julie) fault! While we were at the fabric store (with our dear friend Pooh) Pookie finds this fabulous orange floral fabric and says "Look at this Lori."  It was love at first sight, and it was on sale!! A few yards were purchased and it was mine!! When I got home and laid the fabric on my dark green couch, well it looked a little Home Depot orange to me. Uh oh!!

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Quick I need some creamy/ivory colored fabric to buffer this bright orange I said, that is when the cool cream textured fabric below joined the project.

At Bed Bath and Beyond I found this cool washed out orange, rectangle shaped pillow below that I thought looked like it belonged in our group.


Then I saw the Paris heart pounding as I realized it had every color of the project palette!

And more importantly, I had enough coupons for them!!!

I was happy with my pillow project, it felt complete. Until I dreamed of an orange chevron pillow.

Time for the DIY to start. First I measured my original dark green couch pillows. I cut the cream fabric below, for the front of the pillow, one inch larger than my pillows are. For the back pieces of the slip cover, I added four extra inches of fabric to each side. I folded and stitched one side of each back piece to make a hemmed edge.

In the photo below you can see the hemmed edges, and how they overlap for the back of the slipcover. With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, stitch around the outer edge of the slipcover. Turn it inside out and you have a slip cover!

Of course I couldn't find any orange chevron fabric. That didn't stop me, I decided to paint me some! First I taped out a lattice pattern and then trimmed the tape to make a chevron pattern. For me this was a quick way to lay out a semi-even pattern. Check it out in the photo below.

You are now watching paint dry.

Once the paint was completely dry, I pinned the trim to the front piece of fabric. I turned the cord part of the trim inward for stitching. I stitched it on using the zipper foot attachment on my sewing machine.


Then I stitched the back pieces to the front using the zipper foot attachment again. By using the zipper foot I could get super close to the cord/trim. Always trim and snip your corners before you turn the slipcovers inside out.

The trim will pop right out all around the pillow. It adds a great finished edge to the pillows.

Below you can see the back of the slipcovers. Just slide the pillows in and I am done. By adding the extra inches to the back panels of the slipcovers and making sure they overlap before you stitch, the backs have a nice finished look.

Next are some arrangement pictures. Pretty much any way works!




There is Dexterdoodle looking at me and saying, "Really cream colored pillows??"

Dexter Havanese Puppy

We are all loving the bright pillows in the living room. That is true DIY success!

Just one lingering issue....there is a collection of beautiful plum colored fabric at the fabric store...thinking that would be some pretty slipcovers for fall!!

What is your favorite way to brighten up your home? Leave a comment I would love to hear your ideas.

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day, Lori

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  1. I love all of your wonderful choices of fabric and colors, gorgeous. Great tutorial also. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. The pillows look great...very bright and cheerful. I love the tip for painting chevron! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!