Pillow Upscale

Pillow Upscale - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I bought new bedding to go with the new color scheme of my room. I decided instead of spending a ton of money, I would buy plain bedding and add interest with pillows.

I used Seafoam Dahlia Lama and Seafoam Aromatherapy from the Sanctuary line by Michael Miller.

Old Pillows
Quilting Batting
Needle and Thread

I had old pillows that I wanted to recover. No need to waist money on stuffing when you have old pillows lying around right?

Because my pillows were dark and I didn’t want the color to show through I decided I would sew a layer of batting over the pillow before adding the fabric.
I cut 2 pieces of high loft quilting batting that I already had about 2″ bigger than the pillow. (Length and width).

I first sewed 2 sides of the batting together and then used the pillow as my guide to sew the other 2 sides closed.
You can also sew three sides and then put the pillow inside to sew the last side shut.

When you are sewing with the pillow inside you will have to pull the pillow a little.
If the batting gets stuck around the presser foot just rip the batting off, it won’t make a difference in the look or feel. Make sure to backstitch just to be safe.

I cut the excess batting next to the seam and now it is ready for my beautiful fabric!

For the fabric I cut 2 squares 1″ bigger than the pillow so it would be nice and taught.

I Put right sides together and sewed 3 sides. Don’t forget to backstitch.

When you get 1/4″ from each edge leave the needle in the fabric, lift the presser foot and turn your fabric. Backstitch at start and finish.

After you have sewn 3 sides shut, leave the fabric inside out and insert the pillow. Pin any loose areas and corners. You want the fabric to be very tight around the pillow.

Take the pillow out and sew along the pins. Don’t forget to backstitch.

Turn the fabric right side out and put your pillow in. It should be a perfect fit.

Fold the top the fabric down and pin in place. Make sure it is very tight.

When you are folding you want to fold each side down to the center to conceal the raw edge. 

To sew the top of my pillow closed I used the invisible stitch.

To do the stitch take a needle and thread (doubled and knotted) and take it through the inside of the fold right at the edge of the fabric.

You DO NOT take the needle though to the  outside of the fabric.
Only through the inside fold.

You would see the stitching if you took it through to the other side.

Now take the needle through the fold on the other side.  Try to make your stitches even and close together.

This is the way the stitching should look. Go all the way to the end and tie the thread in a knot to secure.

Pillow Upscale - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Cover ALL the old pillows you have!!

This project was easy! It’s amazing how adding a few pillows changes the whole look of the bed!

If you want to be able to take the pillow case off and wash it you could add buttons or Velcro instead of stitching it closed.

If you have old pillows that are outdated or stained
this is a great alternative to going out and buying new ones.

The Ribbon Retreat has SO much beautiful fabric to choose from!  You will have no problem finding the perfect fabric to match any room!

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  1. Chacoy
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! I have soooo many pillows that I only use once a season and now I can cover them for every season or anytime!
    Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Amanda Morrison
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Instead of the invisible stitch, finish that edge before you sew the other three and add snaps, buttons or Velcro on one side. It’s a pillow slip cover. 🙂

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