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Earth tones are my absolute favorites. You will see them on my website and instagram accounts and throughout my personal home decor. Terra cotta, green, gold, brown, cream, etc., are all colors that bring my love of the outdoors into our living space. It helps to recreate the sense of peace I experience when surrounded by natural beauty.
Much of our furniture was passed down to us from family, and the majority it is crafted from wood (aka brown, brown, brown). My husband and I love the rustic element and richness added to our home by these pieces, but without accents, the color palette of our decor would be far too monochromatic.
Throw pillows are the PERFECT way to add a bright pop of color to any living space. However, I could never bring myself to spend ~$20 per throw pillow when I have a toddler and two large dogs that are all equally destructive and messy. So, I bought a 2-pack of 16" x 16" pillow inserts ($5 a pack) and found discounted fabric for $3 a yard. Since then, I have made multiple envelope pillow covers. That is roughly $4 a pillow. Not only was this inexpensive, it's the perfect sewing project for beginners. So, if you have a desire to learn how to sew but feel intimidated by the process, I strongly encourage that you to give this tutorial a try! It's made from one piece of fabric and is a great basic lesson on top-stitches!
Here are the supplies you will need to make one envelope cover for a 16" x 16" throw pillow:
One pre-washed piece of fabric measuring 36" x 17"
Sewing Machine ( I use a Spiegel SP3201 Sewing Machine. It's under $100 and perfect for beginners.)
1. If you haven't already done so, wash, dry and press your fabric before measuring and cutting to
36" x 17"
2. Fold top and bottom of fabric inward 1".
3. Press and pin.
4. Sew a top-stitch on both ends at 5/8". (Remember to back-stitch at the beginning and end of every top-stitch to secure your thread.)
5. Lay the fabric print-side facing down. Fold the top of the fabric inward 9".
6. Now, fold the bottom of the fabric upward and over this piece 9 1/2". and pin in place.
7. Sew a top-stitch on each side at 6/8". (Again, reminder to back-stitch at the beginning and end of every top-stitch to secure your thread.)
8. Cut off excess fabric-especially, at the corners-avoiding the seam line of the envelope "flaps".
9. Turn fabric inside out, push the corners out with long pointy object (pens, chopsticks, scissors, etc. work for this) insert pillow and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. Decorating for the holidays is my favorite, so I plan to sew more covers from seasonal/holiday fabrics.
Be sure to post pictures of your pillow covers on social media and tag Deerwood + Jones so that I can admire your home decor creations!
-Natalie from Deerwood + Jones