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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

Got a question about this project?

  • Sandy Hartnett
    Sandy Hartnett Philadelphia, PA

    So very cute! Hugs

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Sandy Hartnett Thank you for your sweet comment. Hugs to you too. Have a wonderful day.

  • Linda Canada Reyes
    Linda Canada Reyes Paso Robles, CA

    Cute and sounds easy

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Linda Canada Reyes Thanks Linda! It is an easy sewing project even for the inexperienced sewer like me. :) Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

  • Jean Quintana
    Jean Quintana Cypress, CA

    Love it! What a great way to change things up for holidays.

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Jean Quintana I love changing our decor for the holidays and that is why I wanted to make try to make these. These pillow covers turned out better than I thought and I look forward to making more. Have a wonderful day.

  • Hildegarde
    Hildegarde Germany

    This is so cool and easy,I'll try some myself. This way one can keep on changing one's decor, many tx

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Hildegarde Thank you and please share your pillow covers once you have finished them. I would love to see how they turn out. Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

  • Carol M.
    Carol M. Pound, VA

    Love this idea!

  • Sandra Crosbie

    Great simple idea. I love it.

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Sandra Crosbie Thank you for your sweet comment and have a great day.

  • Jen R.
    Jen R. Seminole, FL

    It's like a little apron for your pillows. Too cute! :)

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Jen R. I love that! Thank you for your comment and have a wonderful day.

  • Arleen
    Arleen Manassas, VA

    love love love this!!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Arleen Aww...thank you Arleen for your sweet comment. Have a great day.

  • Joyce Soileau
    Joyce Soileau Ville Platte, LA

    So cute thanks!!!

  • Angela
    Angela Tacoma, WA

    I like it...I'm going to have to give this a try....I'm getting a new sewing machine for Christmas!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Angela Thank you for your comment. I hope that you like your new sewing machine and please share your pillow covers with me. I would love to see how they turn out. Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

  • Susie Lee
    Susie Lee Macomb, MI

    Love the simplicity of this!

  • Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors
    Cynthia -... Woodinville, WA

    Sweet and simple ... love it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors Thank you for your comment. Have a wonderful day.

  • Victoria
    Victoria Italy

    Very pretty...but, asked sincerely, what is the point? I've never seen these and am wondering...

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca Arlington, TX

    Gonna just make full sized cases for everyone's pillows do they can slip on some festive decore in every room, bedrooms and the throw pillows in the living room.

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Rebecca That is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

  • Marcie Fulco Speirs
    Marcie Fulco Speirs Shreveport, LA

    You could also do this using cloth napkins, and do even less sewing!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Marcie Fulco Speirs Yes!!! I love that idea especially the sewing less part. :) Thanks for your sweet comment. Have wonderful day.

  • Tricia
    Tricia Purdon, TX

    I would feel very welcome staying in a room like this. Very pretty

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Tricia Thank you for your comment. If you ever pass through NC, please let me know. :) Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

  • Candiegirl
    Candiegirl Plainville, MA

    Very pretty and a great touch!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Candiegirl Thank you very much for your comment and have a wonderful day.

  • Delanie
    Delanie Spartanburg, SC

    Just now getting through my emails after a wonderful Christmas....that's still going... Love this idea! I'm all about cute decorating ideas that are quick for all of the different occasions of the year! These would be cute in a polka dot for

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Delanie, I am sorry for just now getting to respond. Thank you so much for your comment. That is why I really loved doing this project, it is an alternative to buying pillow covers for the different holidays and it is affordable too. Thanks again.

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA

    I too am catching up on posts after Christmas. As I was reading your wonderful idea, I was having the same suggestions as Delanie. We have a Zebulon in Georgia too.

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Liliana, Thank you for your comment. There are so many options to this project to make it your own and to fit in your decor. Thanks again for your comment. Have a wonderful day.

  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH

    Genius!

    • Renee @ Living 511
      Renee @ Living 511 Zebulon, NC

      @Lisa, thanks for your comment. I apologize for the delay in my response. Have a wonderful day.

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