Monday, October 8, 2012

Curtains to pillow covers

Some people rearrange their furniture, I change my curtains.  I get bored with the look of a room so the first thing I do is take the curtains down and hang new ones.  It drives my husband crazy.  Good thing I know how to sew or I would be spending alot of money on updates. 

Todays redo was in our livingroom.  I purchased curtain toppers at Ollies last year with the thought that I would use them in my livingroom someday.  Well today was that day.  Once I hung the curtains I realized the pillows on the couch didn't match.  Down to my fabric stash I went.  I couldn't find what I was looking for in my stash but I did find 2 sets of curtains that I hadn't used in a while.  They were a very neutral color almost just like a drop cloth. 

My curtains were 63" long.  Did you know that you can cover one large pillow that is 25x25 with one curtain panel?  I didn't have to make any cuts to the panel.  Wohoo it was a perfect fit to make a slip cover. All the pillows in my house have slip covers on them.  I can just remove the cover and wash it or even better CHANGE IT for an entire new look!

Here's a look at what I did.  I layed out the curtain panel (right side of fabric facing up) and folded one end to the center, then take the other end and fold it over that layer to the center.   Now you need to measure to make sure that your square that you just created is 26" or 25 1/2" if you like the form to fit very snug on your pillow.


Now just sew a straight line down both sides of the fabric (the 2 sides that are open not the folded sides.) I like to reinforce the stitching line by just sewing over it 2 times.

Now you just need to flip your square right sides out and insert you pillow.  This is what the backside looks like after I inserted the pillow.



Next time you see a set of curtains at the thrift store, yard sale or just on sale pick them up and cover your pillows with them.



The smaller pillow in the front was made from a tablecloth a few years back.  Stay tuned for how I used the tie back from the set of curtains.

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5 comments:

Ewa S. said...

they look lovely!

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

Looking Good!!!!

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Great, I will remember this, I have some pillows to recover. These look so good!

I got a curtain at the Restore that I am thinking of using to recover a bench! I love making something old new!

Thanks for sharing!

Christa from Controlling Craziness said...

What a great tip. I love how you can change the room expensively by changing out curtains and pillows. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog too. I'm now following you back.

Hunter Douglas said...

You have shared wonderful information about curtains to pillow covers. It is useful post

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