When Kevin and I first moved in together, we needed a couch. We immediately agreed on the shape, style, and price point, but there was a week-long debate on what color fabric to get for the couch cover. He wanted light khaki, while I wanted dark espresso. We couldn’t come to an agreement one way or the other so what you see below is our compromise:
Smack-dab in the middle. Kevin’s mom got us the throw blanket you see in the background, and I decided we needed a couple of throw pillows. After doing some light browsing online, I quickly realized I didn’t want to pay $38 for one decorative pillow that I couldn’t even take the case off to wash if it got dirty. It was time to DIY something. I bought two throw pillows from Jo-Ann Fabric, and two different colors of cotton fabric that tied in with the throw blanket – all for under $20.
This tutorial is for a pillow case for a 15″x15″ throw pillow. You’ll have to adjust your measurements accordingly if your pillow is a different size.
- One piece of fabaric cut to 24″x24″ (for a 15″x15″ pillow)
- Two pieces of fabric cut to 17″x14″ each
- Fabric marker
Front of the Pillow:
- Cut a piece of fabric that measures 18″×18″. The extra room allows for the fabric you lose when doing the pintucks as well as the inseam when you sew your pieces together.
- Plan your pintucks. Place the fabric right side down and mark where you want to put your pintucks with a dot, spacing them out to make a diagonal-square pattern. I spaced everything about 4″ apart in alternating rows.
- Grab a small piece of fabric where you drew your dot. Twist about one 1/2” inch. Pin to hold and you’ll sew a straight line right where the pin is. No worries if it’s ugly, since that’s the back side!
- Repeat steps in a diamond pattern and you will start to see beautiful pin tucks!
Assemble the Pillowcase:
- Trim your pintucked front piece of fabric down to 17″×17″, keeping the pintucked area centered.
- Lay piece of pintucked fabric so that the pretty side faces up. Then lay the two back pieces right side facing down.
- Pin all 4 outer sides together and sew a 1/4” inseam on all 4 outer sides.
- Flip inside out and slip on to your pillow!
I made these over a year ago, and they miraculously are still in good shape, even after some machine washings. If you make these with machine washable fabric, just throw them in a garment bag before you put them in the washer and dryer to help protect the pintucks.