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Pillow Cover Tutorial

Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial

I have all of this beautiful fabric from Zazzle to play with now (read about it, here!), so my creative juices are definitely bubbling! I think it’s the months and months and months of not having any free time or willpower (or sanity) to make things that has my creative brain screaming for some activity. Oh, babies.Pillow Cover Tutorial - Close Up

I really like the cotton twill fabric — it’s perfect for totes, clutches, curtains, pillows and other home decor items. But seriously, PILLOWS! I do love me some pillows, as they are the quickest and easiest way to change up your decor and bring a fresh new look into your room. Want some color? A pillow here, a pillow there and POW! Whole new house.

Thus, my Stickelberry friends, I present to you, the easiest way to make a removable (and washable) cover for a pillow! This is an easy project, perfect for beginners!

Pillow Cover Tutorial - SuppliesSupply List

  • Pillow (mine is 18×18)
  • Fabric — This tutorial uses one long piece, 19×44. Adjust as necessary to your pillow size, allowing an extra inch on the short side and double the length + (plus) 8-10 inches. (You can purchase the fabric I used, here!)
  • Thread – will show on the back so coordinate the color if you want
  • Scissors & Pins

A few notes before you start…

*I like a loose cover on my pillows so I can smash them — if you like a tighter fit, simply up your seam allowance on all sides and cut off the excess. You can also go back and round the corners if you don’t like them pointy.

**If you DO plan on washing your covers eventually, then DO pre-wash your fabric, please! Otherwise you may not be able to shove that pillow back in again.

1. Start by laying your fabric out, right side down, and placing your pillow in the center. I’ve folded one edge to the middle so you can see..if you fold both sides over the pillow, they will overlap significantly since you added 8-10 inches to the length. This is a good thing. Pillow Cover Tutorial

2. After centering your pillow on the fabric, you’re going to fold the left edge in an inch

Fold Edge

Fold edge in one inch

3. Then fold again and pin.

Fold again and pin

Fold again and pin

4. Repeat on the right side, fold in an inch, fold again and pin.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Fold Edge Twice and Pin

Fold other edge in twice and pin

5. Take the fabric to the machine and sew down each edge, back-stitching a few times at the top and bottom. Use whatever seam allowance you’d like as long as you’re locking in the fold.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sew down folded edge

Sew down the folded edge

6. Doesn’t that look nice? Now Go do it on the other side, too.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sewn Edge

Pretty Pretty Sewn Edge

7. After both edges are sewn, lay out your fabric again, but this time right-side up.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Pleace Pillow on Fabric right side up

Lay fabric down, right side up and center pillow again

8. Fold both edges over so they overlap and the fabric is as tight as you want it around the pillow, and pin at the top and bottom.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Fold Over

Fold edges over pillow, they should overlap

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Pin at Overlap

Pin at overlap on both of the raw edges

9. Slide the pillow out and re-pin to include the bottom layer of fabric that was under the pillow.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Slide Pillow Out, Re-Pin

Slide pillow out and re-pin both edge to include bottom layer of fabric

10. Back to the machine! Start at the top and sew all the way down to the bottom, pausing for some back-stitching where the overlap is along the way. I’ve placed my hand where the overlap is — be sure to sew all of the layers together.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sew Down Raw Edge

Sew all the way down raw edges, back-stitching where the overlap is to reinforce it

11. Repeat on the other side, remember to back-stitch where the overlap is to reinforce.

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sew 2nd Raw Edge

Sew down the other side as well

12. Inside-Out Envelope!

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Inside Out

Sewing Complete!

13. Turn your pocket of goodness right side out, use your poker of choice to poke out the corners (I totally use chopsticks).

Pillow Cover Tutorial - turn right side out

Turn your happy little cover right side out!

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Sewing Complete

Happy pillow cover!

14. Press

Pillow Cover Tutorial - Press

Press the cover – get the wrinkles out

15. Shove your pillow in!

Pillow Cover Tutorial

Happy pillow in the happy pillow cover!

That’s it — pretty easy right?

Pillow Cover Tutorial

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IKEA Poang Chair Slipcover

***August 2014 Update: Sadly, my blog was hacked and rendered useless! I had to restore from a backup but it was from just prior to this post so I lost all of it. I have the pictures and have re-created the directions but I no longer have the exact measurements, but you’ll need about 4 yards (measure length including flap extended x 2, plus 10-15″ for movement, fold overlap & Sean allowance. Give yourself 2″ on each side for the width / seam allowance). 

The IKEA Poang Chair is a very popular staple in many budget savvy homes — but it only comes in a few colors and patterns, white being the only one that would work in the baby’s room. We all know white won’t last long, and I wanted a chair that would POP, so I decided to attempt to make a cover for the Poang cushion that would do the baby’s room some justice. 


You know these chairs – you’ve seen them, and you may even own one! We opted for one of these guys over a rocker (saving us hundreds of dollars) when we were decorating Logan’s room, and it turned out to be a great purchase. Logan is 2 now, and we still use the chair every night for story time, and he likes to climb up and sit and read by himself as well. We decided to save our pennies again and go with the same chair for the nursery, but with an added twist!

I found this fantastic duck canvas at Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite sources for fabric (40% off coupon – can’t beat that!). There were a few ways that I could have tackled this project, but I wanted to make it as easy on myself as possible (8.5 months pregnant and all). I decided to forgo zippers, but since I wanted it to be removable – knowing full well that spit-up WILL make it onto the beautiful fabric – I made it a giant slipcover, much like a normal pillow cover.

I couldn’t get a piece long enough to cover the cushion with one whole piece of fabric (if you can, do it, it will be easier!) so I had to use two pieces (one long, one short), but really the hardest part of the whole project was just shoving the cushion into the cover. 🙂

I followed the same method for creating the ottoman cover – a large piece of fabric, overlapping in the center on the backside.

Here is the tutorial for you DIY-ers — hope it is clear, if not please feel free to contact me with any questions!

IKEA Poang Chair Slipcover!

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric – a few yards, you’ll need to measure your cushion to determine, but I think I used 4.
  • Velcro – one piece the length of the velcro that is on the existing cushion, and you’ll just need the one side (soft side).
  • Sewing supplies — machine, coordinating thread, scissors, pins, etc.


1. Measure your cushion (flap extended) and get the length of fabric you need to cover the whole thing (length of cushion x2 + 4in) if you can. If not, do the math to figure out how you can get it covered with two pieces – I had a long and a short piece that I sewed together. You’ll want to do this prior to starting the cover.


*Had not yet sewn on my second piece of fabric – so imagine the top has an extra few feet of material that would fold over the top of the cushion and overlap the other edge!

Lay the fabric face down on the ground and place your cushion on top (flap extended, back side up so you see the velcro). Wrap the fabric around the cushion so there is an overlap.

2. Fold back one edge about an inch twice and pin in place. Do the same with the other edge — the two edges should still overlap if you measured correctly. IMG_69823. Pin up the long sides of the fabric, but leave the shorter side open (so you can slip the cushion out later) IMG_69814. Use a pin to mark on one edge of the fabric where the velcro is on the cushion. This is the edge that you will sew new velcro on so that your cushion connects to the chair. IMG_69875. Fold the edge back and pin your piece of velcro (check to make sure the length and texture matches what is on the existing cushion) IMG_69916. Pin just the corner of the short side that you haven’t pinned yet to hold it in place – you’re going to then slip the cushion out and start sewing!IMG_6981

7. Take your fabric to the sewing machine. First sew your folded over edges.  I sewed mine right in the middle of the fold, so it left a nice-looking seam.IMG_6995IMG_69968. Next, sew on your velcro strip!IMG_6994
9. Now you can sew up the pinned sides on the long half of your cover. Start at the bottom fold and go up – when you get to the top where the folded edge is, stop at the top of the edge and do some back-stitching several times for reinforcement. IMG_7000
10. You’re almost done – it looks like an envelope right now. Lay it out and pin the remaining sides on the short half, and sew those up too. Your folded edge at the top should be past the folded edge on the other half of the cover, so when you sew you’re going to sew right over the first edge (underneath your current layer) and up to the top of the current edge — again back-stitching several times for reinforcement.

*Showing first edge under the current layer - sew right over it!

*Showing first edge under the current layer – sew right over it!

11. One last bit of maintenance. Since the cushions are rounded – you’ll want to clip and sew the corners. Use pinking shears if you have them – it makes it easier! IMG_7004IMG_7005 12. Turn your project inside out, press it if needed, and proceed to STUFF the cushion into the cover. Stuff the long side first. This isn’t easy and you will think you did something wrong – but just keep pushing, I promise it will go in!

Stuff it!

Stuff it!


And Voila! You’re done 🙂


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Car Seat Canopy and a great time saving tip!

Sharknado Canopy

Sharknado Canopy

I recently received a request for a car seat canopy for a baby carrier. I had never made one, but I did some looking around and figured I could probably handle it. It’s like a lightweight baby blanket with straps, right? Pretty much!

They wanted shark fabric. That was the tricky part. Ultimately I ended up looking online for the cutest shark fabrics I could find, and I sent them all to the customer for her to choose from. The print at your left (I call it Sharknado) is what she decided on. I went with a solid blue flannel for the back of the canopy so that it could in fact double as a lightweight blanket or play mat.


I found this fantastically easy tutorial at A Little Time, A Little Miracle – truly a great tutorial, AND I received the best sewing tip EVER while I was reading and sewing along! I didn’t follow the tutorial to the letter, I did end up doing my own thing on the straps, but it turned out quite lovely and I was very happy with the results.

My modified version —

  • 1 Yard top fabric
  • 1 Yard bottom fabric (something soft)
  • Coordinating Thread

Very simply – cut the fabric pieces to 33×42 (save the scrap strips – those will be your straps!). Place them right side facing and fold in half, and then in half again so the corners are all together. Use whatever you have on hand that is round to trace and cut the corners so they are rounded. The original post uses a plate, but as I was too lazy to go downstairs, I used the bottom of my trash can. 😀

Rounded Corners via Trash Can

Rounded Corners via Trash Can

Unfold and pin your heart out…

Pin Pin Pin

Pin Pin Pin

Now sew the two pieces together, all around the outside (I used about a 1/4″ allowance), and leave a gap about 4-5″ for turning.

Now here’s the super special sewing tip that I can’t thank A Little Time, A Little Miracle for — instead of clipping the corners as you normally would with your scissors, one annoying little cut at a time, USE YOUR PINKING SHEARS! I mean, DUH!


Pinking Shear Love

Pinking Shear Love

Turning right side out

Turning right side out

Turn your canopy right side out, flatten and press neatly, folding the gap edges under so that they seal nicely when you top stitch all the way around the outside. Do that next – top stitch alllll the way around.

Now for the straps, take your extra strip of top fabric and make two equal sized pieces – mine were 4×14″. Just like bias tape, fold the outsides (lengthwise) in toward the center (easier if you leave a gap in the very center) and press. Do the same to the two ends, folding them in about 1/2 and inch. Then fold in half lengthwise so there are no exposed edges – everything is folded in and you have a nice long strap that you can easily stitch lengthwise to close. Repeat for the second strap.

Sewing the strap Closed

Sewing the strap Closed

I followed the original tutorial to measure and place my straps 12″ from each side, 8″ apart from each other, and 17″ from the top of the canopy. To be clear, it took me a minute to figure out which was the top – it’s the shorter side of the canopy (the 33, not the 42).

I pinned the straps in place, and stitched a box at the center of each strap so that I really had two small straps on each side to tie together around the handle bar of the carrier.

Strap stitched in place

Strap pinned in place

IMG_5624 IMG_5621And that’s it. Unfortunately my baby carrier is shrink wrapped in the garage so I wasn’t able to model it for you, but it really is cute. I failed to take many pictures while doing this too, so please DO go over to A Little Time, A Little Miracle and follow their awesome tutorial!






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