If you are anything like me the thought of spending $20-40 for one new throw pillow every time the seasons change is crazy. Seriously since when have throw pillows become so expensive!?! So today I am back sharing the quick and easy way I update my throw pillows for $1-4 per pillow using my Envelope Throw Pillow Covers! Doesn’t that sound better? It does to me!
Now the key to easy and inexpensive throw pillow covers is finding inexpensive fabric. There are three key places I love to find this kind of fabric.
1. The reminent section at Hobby Lobby (any fabric store/craft store works) – The fabric is usually 50-70% off which makes a huge difference. Depending on the size of the pillow you’ll need 0.70 + yards. or two smaller pieces.
2. Thrift Stores – I always walk through the clothing sections at the thrift store. You never know what will jump out and inspire you. Like the button down pillow in the picture above, that was a mens dress shirt.
3. Yard Sales – Did you know that you can more times then not you can buy the same things at a yard sale for less then the thrift store? Seriously. Thrifting has become a big business in the last few years and they take advantage of it. The good news is, in most cases the money goes back into the community in the form of support programs. Thrifted clothes used to be $1 now they range from $5 – 25+ depending on the item. But the same item is still $0.50 – 1 at your neighborhood yard sale. So don’t pass them up! Case in point, today’s project.
I picked up this beautiful fall table cloth at my blogging besties, Iris Nacole’s yard sale a couple of weeks ago for $5. Yup $5! I was ecstatic! (To see how she used it, beautifully I might add click here). It was exactly the fall fabric I had been looking for! And the best part is there was enough fabric in that one table cloth to make 4 pillow covers and 4 fabric pumpkins. I call that a win all the way around!
- Fabric of your choosing
- Sewing Machine
/Needle and Thread
- “Seamstress Measuring Tape
- Coordinating Thread
- Sewing Pins
- Fabric Scissors
To start my Envelope Throw Pillow Covers I first lossly measured around my pillow ( gently running the tape around the outside without pulling it in) then added 6″ to the total then and measured the opposite direction (from seam to seam, ((not all the way around)) + 1″ seam allowance). Next I grabbed my fabric and measured it and cut it according to my measurements.
After my the fabric for my Envelope Throw Pillow Covers was cut I quickly hemmed both short edges with a 0.5 seam allowance. By folding the fabric over (right side facing out) and adding a single row of stitches all the way across.
Next I flipped my fabric over so the right side of the fabric was facing up and folded it so there was a 6″ overlap of fabric in the middle. When folded the right side of the fabric should be facing in.
Finally I used my machine to add two quick seams along either side with a 0.5″ seam allowance. After both sides were sewn and the threads trimmed I turned the fabric inside out so the right side of the fabric was now facing out and ready to be slipped onto my pillow.
And viola, two everyday throw pillows and one UPcycled tablecloth now became two adorable floral fall pillows with the help of my DIY Envelope Throw Pillow Covers.
Now my bed is perfectly coordinated and ready for fall all because of a great yardsale find and my Envelope Throw Pillow Covers! To see more posts about my bedroom click here
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