Easy Pocket Pillow Tutorial
One of my decorating goals this year was to change out pillows each season. I see people doing this all the time and the impact it makes on a room is HUGE! Two things have held me back from jumping on the pillow change out bandwagon:
- It seems expensive
- Where do I store 500 pillows?
Why pocket pillows? What even is a pocket pillow?
Let me explain.
A pocket pillow is a pillow cover that goes on a pillow form easily, much like a pillow case. There are a few reasons this solves multiple issues for me. For starters they are easy to make at home. If I can sew one, anyone can, and the pocket pillow tutorial will be outlined below. Making them yourself is not only cost effective, but allows you the freedom of getting exactly what you want for each season or occasion. They can be made from scraps of fabric, remnants on clearance and even cool fabric you find at thrift stores or garages sales.
One of the best features is the fact that each pillow cover comes off and is easily folded and stored. If you invest in a nice pillow form, you can use it year round and simply store the pillow case! Storage solution solved.
Now that I have address my main concerns I am kicking off my seasonal pillow change out with cute Easter pillows. You all know I am a huge fan of Minted*** and they were kind enough to give me this precious bunny fabric*** for this project. They have tons of holiday fabrics to choose from and you can read my tips about buying fabric online for more details! I have another upholstery project coming soon!
Pocket Pillow Tutorial:
For your pillows start with a size that works best for the space you plan on changing out seasonally. For me, I went with a 20″ pillow. I think these Synthetic Down Pillow Inserts*** look nice.
Select your fabric. I suggest if you are new to sewing (like me) you don’t pick a fabric with a lot of stretch or movement. It can be difficult to sew for a newbie. Iron it to remove any creases.
Using a large Quilter’s Ruler*** draw out your square on the wrong side of the fabric. You want to cut your fabric the same size as the form. If you are using a 20″ pillow form, make your square 20″ X 20″. It makes for a nice full pillow.
For the back (the pocket side) you will cut two pieces of fabric 20″ by approximately 13″. You want enough overlap of the two back pieces to make a deep enough pocket that the pillow doesn’t come out. This is where you can really incorporate scraps for costs saving. I used left over material to make a color block back to my Easter pillows.
Now hem the straight edge of the two back pieces. This is the edge that will be the “pocket”. Simply hem by folding over a quarter inch and ironing, then folding another quarter inch and ironing the seam flat. Then sew a stitch through the seam. Ironing is always key to professional looking sewing.
Now stuff it and enjoy your handiwork!
I hope this pocket pillow tutorial helps you tackle seasonal pillow change outs! You really will be amazed at the difference it makes in your home. Please let me know if you have any questions or extra tips to getting great looking pillows! Don’t forget to poke around over at Minted*** for some one of a kind, can only get it there seasonal fabrics! I’d sure appreciate it of you shared this post with others on Pinterest or Facebook!
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