DIY Pillow Covers – Made with Dinner Napkins…
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Don’t you just love it when inspiration strikes you in a nano second? That’s what happened to me recently when I was shopping in Marshall’s. I had just started organizing and creating a design file for making over our master bedroom. Here in Atlanta we have many wonderful fabric and design centers. While, I am always drawn to the beautiful textiles and patterns I am often shocked at how costly fabric can be.
As I was walking up and down the aisles I spotted these napkins.
I knew in an instant that they would make great pillow covers for our master bedroom. The colors were perfect and I knew they could be sewn into pillow covers with minimum effort! Also, the price was right – at $6.99 I could make two pillows – or four pillows if I used a contrasting fabric for the back.
When I actually sat down to sew, I decided on the two pillow route – matching front and back fabric, therefore making two complete pillow covers.
I left one napkin intact as it was…the other pillow I cut in half being sure that my pattern was matching to the front fabric.
- Right sides of the fabric face each other
- The cut side of the fabric is at the bottom – I sewed this side first.
- Sew the other two sides
- Leave the fourth side open – as this will be the pocket opening for your pillow form. The best part is that with this opening, the sewing is already done for you and creates a nice sewn edge.
…paying special attention to the corners.
I used pillow forms from old pillows that I am not using anymore.
Stuff your pillow cover.
See how nice the back finishing is? The napkin hem creates a wonderful edge for your “envelope”.
Even though I will be using these pillows in my master bedroom I couldn’t wait to show you this project and how easy it is to make pillow covers 🙂
Remember this wing chair that used to be plaid until I painted it? You can find that project here.
If you’re out and about and see any napkins I might be interested in…let me know 🙂
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I just came across this project/your site- wow I love it. I’m just starting out or back into sewing after 40 years- being retired I now have the time to do these projects. I can hardly wait!!! In looking at this I’m assuming 20X20 standard napkins- what size pillow form did you use ? 18X18? any guidance on this would be most appreciated
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