I’ve spent the last few weeks wanting a new look in my family room. Buying new sofas is not an option, and our Grand Painting Plan isn’t ready yet. So I decided to make new covers for all the throw pillows lounging around the room. Granted, the pillows usually end up on the floor because Little Guy hates to share our sofas with inanimate objects. (And sometimes his parents.) But I was getting tired of the red/brown/beige color scheme we’ve had since we got married. I wanted something bright and fresh. (Perhaps this is due to the 60-degree weather we had for a few weeks when there should have been 6 feet of snow instead.) So off I went with my coupons to JoAnn’s (a.k.a. my second home). I went in thinking green or yellow, and ended up with Husband’s suggestion of “some kind of gold.”
You like? I like. I wasn’t aiming for a French flair, but I think that French writing pillow was the deciding factor. (That fabric was left over from another project, and I hope it doesn’t say anything offensive. I don’t know; I don’t speak French.) I love how these all look together. I experimented with different styles, such as the two large covers with the border/ruffle thing, and the smaller gold/black one with the contrasting piping. (It's hard to see, but the piping is the same fabric as the large floral cover.)
We have a small front room where I teach piano lessons, and I made covers for its resident pillows too.
Yeah, I didn’t realize that dots one would turn out looking like a domino, but whatevs. I still think they’re cute for a music room.
Making pillow covers is one of the least expensive ways to change the look of a room, especially if you already have the pillows. They are super-easy to make, even for a beginner. Here are a couple of great tutorials that I learned from:
(And just between us, I never make pillow covers with a zipper. I always do the two pieces in the back that open envelope-style. Because, seriously, who has time to sew a zipper into a pillow cover?)