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DIY Pillow Cover Overlay

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A Ballard Designs inspired project sewing project.
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This month has been extremely busy so I didn't have a lot of time for Christmas projects. I did manage to make these DIY Pillow Cover Overlays. This is a simple sewing project even for me. I also love that it is an inexpensive alternative to changing out pillows and pillow covers throughout the changing seasons.
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I started off with selecting 1 1/2 yard of inexpensive red and white fabric and 2 rolls red grosgrain ribbon that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The fabric reminded me of candy canes and would be a nice Christmas addition to our grey and white guest room.
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Once the fabric and ribbon were cut to size, I folded the fabric over on each side 1 inch and secured the hem with straight pins. Then I added 2 pieces of the ribbon on each side about 3-4 inches from each corner. I was careful to ensure that the ribbon aligned on the opposite side. For the back portion of pillow overlay, I aligned the ribbon with the front overlay to ensure that the ties were even and would meet when attached to the pillow.
I then used a simple straight stitch (basically the only one that I know) to secure the ribbon to the fabric and for the finished seam. I am an impatient sewer and did this all in one step.
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After sewing the pillow overlays, I placed them on the front and back side of the pillow and tied the ribbons in a simple bow.
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To see more details of this project, visit our blog. Have a wonderful day.

To see more: http://www.living511.com/our-blog/2015/12/21/versus-diy-pillow-cover-overlay

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Dec 21, 2015

    So beautiful! I love the red ribbon ties.

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Hannah V Thank you for your comment. My favorite part of this project is the red ribbon bows. Have a wonderful day.

  • Mary Beth
    Mary Beth
    on Dec 21, 2015

    Absolutely darling!

  • Izelle Venter
    Izelle Venter Canada
    on Dec 21, 2015

    This is a brilliant idea,just love it. Now one can play with different colours,and those very nice teacloths. Thanks x

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Izelle Venter Thank you very much for your comment. I love switching decor out seasonally so this is a simple and fun way to change things. Have a wonderful day.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Dec 22, 2015

    I adore this!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Miriam I Thank you so much for your comment. I love how these turned out and look forward to making more.

  • Cindy Carley
    Cindy Carley Wamego, KS
    on Dec 22, 2015

    Love the color & how it brightens up the bedroom for "CHRISTMAS"!! :)

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      Thank you for your comment. It is a fun way to add color and pattern without a long term commitment. :) Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

  • CoastalBohemian
    CoastalBohemian Myrtle Beach, SC
    on Dec 22, 2015

    Cute

  • RJK
    RJK Live Oak, CA
    on Dec 22, 2015

    simple idea for those who do not sew

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @RJK Thank you for your comment. I am not an experienced sewer and was able to make these. I know if I can do this others can too. Have a wonderful day.

  • Heather
    Heather United Kingdom
    on Dec 23, 2015

    Love it, and I agree with Cindy that it brightens up the room. Good work :)

  • Mickey B. & Boo Boo
    Mickey B. & Boo Boo
    on Dec 23, 2015

    Fresh, clean, homespuns always inviting. Thanks for sharing.

  • Joan
    Joan Spring Hill, TN
    on Dec 23, 2015

    It's very cute!

  • Becky
    Becky Canada
    on Dec 23, 2015

    I love your idea! I'm going to borrow it to make seasonal pillow cover accents. It's a great way to feature fabulous fabric without committing to a huge piece. Thank you so much for your contribution!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Becky Thank you Becky! Please borrow away. I see so many fabrics that I love but know I will grow tired of them quickly. This allows me to use these fabrics in my home without spending a lot of money on pillows. Thanks for your comment and please share your pillow covers as well. I would love to see them. Have a wonderful day.

  • Jrachelle
    Jrachelle Hampton, VA
    on Dec 23, 2015

    Love it! Simple and effective... and brilliant.

  • Nadine
    Nadine Houston, TX
    on Dec 23, 2015

    Very nice. Big impact for a little work.

  • Rosalieklidies
    Rosalieklidies Waco, TX
    on Dec 23, 2015

    That is so cute, I like that.

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Rosalieklidies Thank you so much for your comment. Have a wonderful day.

  • Patty S
    Patty S Sturgeon Bay, WI
    on Dec 23, 2015

    I love it. So cute.

  • Carole Bisby
    Carole Bisby Clinton Township, MI
    on Dec 23, 2015

    I love it, what a clever idea and you can use this any time of the year!!! I will keep this one for a future project. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Carole Bisby Thank you. I look forward to making some of these for spring with some fun floral prints. Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

  • Kathy
    Kathy Orlando, OK
    on Dec 23, 2015

    you are sooooo smart.

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Kathy Thanks for your comment. I can't take credit for this idea of this project. I was inspired by a pillow cover that I found from Ballards Design. I took that idea and made it my own to fit our home's decor for a lot less. Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

  • Claudia_wood
    Claudia_wood Odd, WV
    on Dec 23, 2015

    Are the front and back pieces separate, or is it one piece of fabric that wraps around on the underneath side. This is a such a great idea. Thanks.

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Claudia_wood Thanks for your comment. The front and back pieces are two separate pieces that are held together by the ribbon ties. For each pillow you will have two separate covers. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Oh, I am a WV girl myself. :) Have a wonderful day.

  • Kathy Gogal-Westmiller
    Kathy Gogal-Westmiller Rochester, NY
    on Dec 23, 2015

    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Kathy Gogal-Westmiller Thank you for your comment and have a wonderful day.

  • Alice
    Alice Kansas City, MO
    on Dec 23, 2015

    This is awesome love it. I really think I could even do this with my nonexistent sewing skills

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC
      on Dec 26, 2015

      @Alice Thanks for your comment. I have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine. Haha! I know if I can make these anyone with sewing skills can. It did take me some time to put these together. As mentioned in my post, those who are experienced in sewing could probably make these in a whole less time.

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