Easy Porch Pillow DIY

In my opinion, you can’t get any easier than this technique to cover your porch pillows.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Remember how I said Sir Winston ate holes in the corners of all my porch pillows?  I decided to sew pillow covers for the old ones.  It eliminates stuffing, and a bonus – no handwork.

Here’s How:

Step One – The Measuring

Measure across your existing pillow (or pillow form), from side seam to side seam, and add half an inch.  That’s your width measurement.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Wrap a soft tape measure from top seam, around and over the bottom seam, over the top seam and down again to the bottom seam.  That’s your length measurement.

Measuring

Step Two – The Cutting

Cut your rectangle to the width and length measurements.  I cut two because I had two pillows the same size to cover.

Pillow Cuts

Turn under one end 1/2 inch and press.  Turn under again and press.  (We’re finishing the shorter ends.)

Hems

At the opposite end, press a double one-inch hem.

Hems

Step Three – The Sewing

Top-stitch the turned hems you pressed at each end.  Or, to reduce the seams, you can run a strip of iron-on hem tape under the turned hems and press to secure.

Hems

Wrap your fabric around the pillow to see how you want to align the flap.

Pillow Wrap

The one-inch turned edge should wrap around and over the first layer, ending about 3/4 of the way over the pillow front.  Pin one end at the edges…

Test Fit

…and slide the pillow insert out.  Pin at both edges.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Measure for the button and buttonhole in the center and mark with pins.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Attach button with machine or hand-stitching.

Attachine Button

Stitch buttonhole to the size of your button and cut the opening.

Buttonhole

Slide button through the hole and realign the pillow edges.  Mark each corner with a pin.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Invert to right sides together.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Stitch along each side.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

To secure your threads, you can run a zig-zag stitch along the edges.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Invert your cover.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Insert pillow, button it up, and you’re all set!

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

As a final step, I sprayed my covers thoroughly with fabric waterproofing.  That stuff smells lethal, so do it outside.

2-Seam Porch Pillow DIY @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

I think you would die if you sprayed this inside!

After drying mine outside overnight, there was no smell at all.  I’ll keep you posted as to how the waterproof spray works.  I do recommend as a first choice – use outdoor fabric.

Blessings~

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8 thoughts on “Easy Porch Pillow DIY”

  1. Great post! By-the-way, how is your new heavy duty sewing machine working? I would like to get
    a different sewing machine and I am curious about your experience.

    1. Thanks, Marian! I’m glad you asked about the new machine. I’m working on a video to share the results of my findings. Stay tuned… 🙂

    1. Thank you, Pam. I try to cover everything, for any skill level. I hope I don’t insult anyone’s intelligence while I’m at it. 🙂

  2. Hi Kim, Lovely pillow slip so quick and easy – thanks for sharing! I’m needing a new ironing board cover and I like yours. Would you share the name or company? Have been traveling so looking forward to checking all your previous tuts. Keep up the great sharing – love your posts. Debi

    1. Thank you, Debi. Here’s the link at Amazon for this cover: http://amzn.to/24SpGPv My board is an 18″ width, but the June Tailor covers come in lots of sizes. I hope you find what you need! I do love having the measuring tape on the board. You will, too. 🙂

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