A pillow here, a pillow there

Throw pillows…… as a rules, men hate them and most women love them.

Some pile them on, the more the better.

I’m in between…..sometimes less is more from a decorating standpoint.

My weakness is……. I like to change them semi frequently and move them from room to room.

That could add up to a lot of pillows.

The secret to avoid a stockpile of pillows is to use pillow covers. Some I buy and some I make.

I discovered these recently in Walmart for 97 cents that make great pillow covers.

Three seams and about fifteen minutes later, you have a pillow cover.


Waverly Fat Quarter cloth that comes in an 18″ x 21″ piece for less than a dollar.

Enough cloth to make a pillow cover for under $2.  The Walmart near me doesn’t a fabric department, but these were in the craft section.

I joined them together like this.. put right sides together and make a stitch down one side, the 21 inch side if your pillow is 16 x 16.

This closure after the pillow is inserted will be envelope style. Hem the two sides opposite the joined  sides.  I used iron on fusing tape for the hems.  for a 16″ x 16″ pillow you will have an inch on each side for the seams.

This is where the instructions get hard to explain.  As when I’m cooking, I don’t always measure to the exact.  Yes, I did say that.

With the seam at the bottom and rights sides together, fold one top edge approximately 6 and 1/2 inches  towards you and pin.  Turn over and turn the other top edge over toward you 4 and 1/2 inches .

Stitch the sides and turn outside in. It should look like the above after stitching and turning the right sides out.


An oblong pillow made with Waverly Fat Quarter.

There are other colors and patterns. I made 4 in gray tones….spending a total of $8.

I’m encouraged to try others……..so simple.