Let’s Tango

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement yesterday!  I’m so happy you like the pillows.  I hope to add more as soon as possible in a variety of colors, so stay tuned.  Do you remember when I made new pillows for our outdoor bench?  And at that point I mentioned I wanted to add tangerine pillows.  While sewing the arrow pillows, I kept my sewing machine out to sew a few orange pillow covers.

I bought the fabric at Joann’s about a month ago, not knowing exactly what I wanted to make.

For the back side, I made an envelope closure back in a bright tangerine coordinating fabric.

I’m a big fan of mixing floral and geometric, and I’m really liking the color combo.

These covers are quilting weight cotton, but if they start getting damaged, I can bring them inside.

So that’s the latest little project.  Progress has been slow elsewhere because the roof is taking up so much time and energy.  Hopefully I can knock out a project or two to share soon.

Sew it Begins…

I love patterns and pops of color to freshen up a room.  One easy way to add pattern, color or both is with fabrics.  Pillow covers are an easy, simple and affordable solution.  First,  find a  fabric you like.  I chose this pink geometric pattern for $7.00 per yard from Joann Fabric.  Determine the size of the pillow insert you’ll use; you can also buy inserts from Joann.  I bought a 16 inch square pillow form. 

To make your pillow cover, cut a piece of fabric 1 inch wider than your insert size and 6 to 8 inches longer than double the pillow size.  To make a 16 inch pillow cover, I cut my fabric 17 inches wide by 42 inches long.  

Starting with your fabric face down, fold your short ends over about 1/2 inch and pin to secure.  Then, fold over again, pinning in place.  Sew a straight line across.  Do this to both ends.  Flip your fabric over, right side up. 

Fold one end near the center of the piece. 

Fold the other end over, overlapping the other end about 4 inches.  Measure the distance to make a 16 inch square.  Pin the sides together and sew.

Cut your corners, being careful not to cut your sewn edge, to remove the excess fabric to make sharp corners. 

Turn right side out and you’ve just completed an envelope closure pillow cover.