So I started Whole 30 on July 5 and haven’t had much time for sewing, because I’m cooking ALL THE TIME. It’s not my favorite thing to do… so I can’t wait for this to be over.
These pillow covers are really simple, especially because I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut out the triangles. I just turned the crank and had 16 triangles! It was amazing to work with. I made covers a few years ago in grey and yellow, and I used this Pottery Barn Tutorial for the envelope pillow back.
Pillow Cover Details
- 24″ square pillows
- 4″ half-square triangles
- 36 squares per pillow
- Pillow inserts (I had extra 24″ pillow inserts at my house, but I’ll teach you how to make any size)
- Sizzix Big Shot or Sizzix Big Shot Plus & all the included cutting supplies
- Sizzix Half-Square Triangle Die I found mine at Walmart for only $5! Apparently some Walmarts in my area still sell fabric
- Fabric for triangles, and fabric for backing (I just used Kona White)
Tutorial for Pillow Covers
- Cut out the necessary amount of triangles. This will take some simple math skills.
I had 24″ pillows, and a 4″ inch die, so 6 squares across the top and down the sides.
6×6 = 36 squares total for the pillow
That means I needed 36 grey triangles and 36 white triangles.
I hope that makes sense, because I’m not a math teacher!
- Sew together the triangles, and double check that you have enough…
- Plan the layout:
I’ve been loving the simple triangle layout with all triangles facing the same direction, and then I just scrolled through pinterest really quickly for a few more ideas and love the herringbone layout!
- Sew together, quilt a quilt sandwich, and square up, like you would normally… but don’t add the binding
- Cut 2 back panels for each pillow: These should be the width of the pillow (24″) x half the length (12″) plus a few inches: mine were 24″ x 18″.
- Fold and hem long edge of each panel: You only need to hem one edge, because the rest will be sew to the front
- Lay the back panels on the quilted front with right sides together, overlapping the hemmed edge. Trim and pin all four edges
- Sew all the edges, flip inside out, and stuff with a pillow! You’re done!
I’m obsessed with these! So simple to make, and adorable! of course, It’s much faster to make a pillow cover from one long piece of fabric, like the first ones I made. But this didn’t take too long 🙂
Do you use different methods for making pillow covers? I felt like a zipper would take too long…