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Even though we’ve been here in the north country for about 6 months now, I’m still in the process of decorating our on post home! I’m kind of starting from scratch, since our last home I was winging it with what we had trying to make it work.
As I’m discovering my personal design aesthetic, things are really coming together this time around. With a mixture of pieces I buy and pieces I make, the image of what I like in my head is playing out in our home before our eyes.
One of the pieces I’ve recently added that I made, were these envelope pillows with side pom trim. My mother in law let me “shop” in her basement and his fabric spoke to me. It’s southwestern yet with modern colors, and it’s everything I’ve been looking for!
Along with this fabric, I happened to have two pillows I had received from her as well. The pillowcases on them didn’t mesh with where I want to use them. So I decided to mash them up together to create two pillows for one of the couches in our living room.
I’m so happy with how they turned out, and today I’m going to walk you through how I made them. Ready, set, sew!
My pillow is a 19″ x 19″, you may need more or less depending on the size of yours.
First things first, after washing and drying your fabric, lay it out and measure across 20 inches.
19 inches for the size of the pillow, plus another 1/2 inch for the seam allowance for each side.
The length of my fabric was 44 inches.
After trimming the frayed edge, I ironed the short width back against the wrong side 1/2 inch using my template, and then another 1/2 inch.
Pin and sew as close to the tucked edge as possible using a straight stitch.
Repeat along the other edge.
Place your pillow insert on the wrong side of the fabric, lining up the sewn edges so that they overlap as much as comfortably possible, centered in the middle of the pillow.
Pin together to keep in place.
Carefully pull pillow insert out, and align raw edges so that they’re even.
This is where it gets tricky, but hang in there. Sandwich the trim with the pom facing towards the inside (or the right side) , about a 1/2 inch in (our seam allowance).
I placed a lot of pins vertically to keep the trim in place, and so I knew exactly where the edge of my trim was. It also helps to use your fingers to feel for that edge and guide it directly under the needle while sewing.
Slowly and carefully, sew a straight stitch across the pinned area, making sure to catch that edge of the trim. Below is what it will look like when you’ve properly sewn the trim it into place.
Repeat along the other edge.
Sew a zig zag stitch along the unfinished edges to finish them and keep them from fraying too much when washing.
Clip your corners at an angle before turning your pillowcase out. This helps take the bulk out of the corner and keeps it sharp.
Place your pillow insert into your newly made envelope pillowcase with your cute pom side trim, and admire how quick and easy that was!
Have you made this? I’d love to see! Comment below, tag me on twitter @gracethaneblog or on facebook @graceandthane.