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.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!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.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!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.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!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.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!Ready, set, sew:

  • 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.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!

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DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!Trim threads…

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!Turn right side out…

IMG_6950…paying special attention to the corners.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!I used pillow forms from old pillows that I am not using anymore.

Stuff your pillow cover.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!See how nice the back finishing is? The napkin hem creates a wonderful edge for your “envelope”.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!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 🙂

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!Remember this wing chair that used to be plaid until I painted it? You can find that project here.

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!

 

Before the wing chair fabric was painted

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!

DIY decorative pillow cover made with cloth dinner napkins. Economical, easy, quick and pretty!If you’re out and about and see any napkins I might be interested in…let me know 🙂

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  2. Hello,
    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
    Thank you!

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