Cover for Throw Pillow
As we put the finishing touches on Ellie’s bedroom makeover, adding beautiful throw pillows is the icing on the cake! And would you believe that all but one of these pillows were made from leftover fabric?!
Today we will share the easiest way to make a cover for a throw pillow using that fun faux fur.
If you’re new to sewing, making a cover for a throw pillow is the perfect beginning project. In most cases, this throw pillow cover is an easy DIY that can be made in just 30 minutes.
The envelope pillow cover is quick and easy to sew, because there’s no need to insert a zipper or add buttons and buttonholes. Just sew a few straight lines and you’re done!
In addition, see our tips for working with faux fur, for this Boho, glam throw pillow.
Supplies for Making a Cover for Throw Pillow
Cut Fabric for Throw Pillow Cover
Since we are working with faux fur which is bulky, we chose to use a coordinating fabric for the back side.
In fact, this fabric was taken from pillow shams we were not using, that came with the comforter set.
First, determine the size of the cover for the throw pillow. Measure across the pillow and add 1″. This will give you a 1/2″ seam allowance.
For example, if your throw pillow is 18″ x 18″ cut your fabric to 19″ x 19″
For the backside of the throw pillow cover, we cut apart a pillow sham. Just like the front piece, we will cut one piece to the same dimension as the front, 19″ x 19″.
However, we want to form a pocket for the throw pillow cover, so along one edge form a hem, by pressing over the edge of the fabric 1/2″, then repeat the fold, press and stitch across.
Cut another piece that is the 19″ x 9″. Form a hem along one edge on this piece as well.
Since we are working with faux fur, we want to share a few tips for cutting it.
In order to preserve the long lengths of faux fur along the seams you do not want to cut it with scissors.
In fact, the best tool to use to cut faux fur is a utility or craft knife.
Begin by marking cut lines on the backside of the fabric, then place a straight edge along the desired cut line and score with the knife.
Once the backside of the fabric is scored with the knife the fabric will rip along that score line.
Pin Edges of Throw Pillow Cover
If there is a definite pattern on the fabric determine which edge will be the lower end of your pillow cover. Similarly faux fur has a nap, be sure to determine which way the nap will lie.
At the top edge of the main fabric (faux fur) align the larger backing piece and pin in place along the top and 2 sides, with the right sides of the fabric together.
Along the lower edge of the pillow should be the hemmed edge for the back piece. The lower edge on this piece will not be pinned, so as to form a pocket.
Next, pin the 9″ piece along the lower edge and along the sides as well. The hemmed edge should be in the center of the pillow.
As you are placing the pins around the pillow push the wispy edges of the faux fur in towards the center of the pillow.
Stitch Throw Pillow Cover
The final step is to stitch around all 4 sides. I like to begin in the middle of one of the sides.
Begin with a backstitch to secure the thread, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Then stitch to the corner, stopping 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric.
At this time, turn the balance wheel with the needle to the down position, raise the presser foot and pivot the fabric and then stitch the next side.
Continue to stitch all 4 sides of the pillow.
One thing to keep in mind when working with faux fur is to be sure that the fur is pushed towards the center of the pillow as you stitch around.
As I stitched each side, I would stop and use my fingers to push the fur in toward the center of the pillow.
Turn, Stuff and Enjoy!
Once the throw pillow cover is turned right side out, you can see the pocket where the pillow insert will go.
Place the pillow insert into the cover, working the corners into the ends of the pillow cover. Then tuck the bottom of the pillow inside the lower flap.
This is what the finished pillow looks like from the backside.
Definitely one of the best ways to add decor to a bedroom is with throw pillows. Not only is making a cover for a throw pillow quick and easy, but it’s also so affordable.
If you missed our post for how to make a bolster pillow you can find it here.
For more pillow ideas click here.
Have we inspired you to make a few pillow covers for your home?
If sewing is really not your thing, or you feel you just don’t have time, check out the beautiful throw pillow covers I found on Amazon and they are so affordable.
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