I usually make envelope pillow covers because first of all, they're easy, they don't need a zipper or complicated closure and I can take them off the pillow form at any time to wash them and re-use them later on.
These pillows were crafted after most of the items on the Valentine Mantel were made, and I wanted something on the same theme and/or color scheme.
I know, hard to find. ;)
That's why I made them.
They are far from perfect, but in my opinion, that added to the rustic feel the mantel had.
The main material came from two plain t-shirts and one sweater I bought at a thrift store, for only one buck a piece, they were a good alternative to create the pillows and I could even pick whichever colors I wanted.
However, the pillow began with three pieces of fabric cut out from an old flat bed sheet, taking advantage of the already hemmed sides. ;)
These are the dimensions I usually use.
Two inch strips were cut from the front of each
They were laid diagonally on top of the front piece of the pillow cover
Then, the other way, weaving them.
They were pinned in place and the excess was trimmed around the form.
All the strips were then zig zag stiched.
Once done sewing the strips of fabric to the front cover, the two white back pieces were attached to put the pillow cover together, sewing all around.
If you're a novice at sewing like I'm, I'll recommend you to skip the t-shirt fabric, it stretches too much!
My excuse is that all those wrinkles give them the rustic factor. :)
Anyhow, I'm enjoying them!
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