(UPDATE#1: Instructables has featured yet another tutorial. You can download step-by-step instructions of the Coral Floral Pillow via Instructables. Thanks, Instructables!)
(UPDATE#2: Thank you, Blogher, for featuring this tutorial on the website!)
Are some of you ready for spring? I’m looking forward to the snow in our yard thawing out, seeing our grass turn from a muddy brown to crisp fresh green. I’m most looking forward to color springing out. No more drabby black knee high boots to keep my toes dry and toasty.
We’ve received tons of catalogs with new colors for the season to liven up the dreariness in our home. Of most recent, I saw the Julian Orange Pillow from Crate and Barrel that was a punch of orange and hot pink, perfect for a girl wanting to add a splash of color.
However, I had to pass on this purchase after seeing the price tag, ouch! I’m all for color and trying new things, but not when it comes to my pocket book. As I strolled through Jo-Ann Fabrics, I noticed a fabric similar to the Julian Pillow. After a quick rummage through some hot pink fabric, I found one that fit the look.
Step 1. Measure pillow insert.
I like Dana Willard’s tutorial to make a throw pillow tutorial. She recommends using the same measurements of your pillow for your cover. Adding more length and width to your fabric will make your pillow look oversized and too loose. However, I wanted a little buffer, so I gave myself an extra 1/2 inch all around.
Step 2. Cut fabric pieces to size. For a 20″ pillow insert, I cut the fabric 21″ x 21″.
Step 3. To make an opening at the back, cut back pieces with about a three-inch overlay to cut pieces. After ironing a hem, this will make it easier to take off the pillow cover and hand wash any accidental stains away.
Step 4. Pin front and back panel pieces. Make sure to pin inside out. The coral floral fabric will be sandwiched between both pomegranate front and back panel pieces.
Step 5. Stitch four sides of pillow cover. Cut the corners. Flip inside out…
Step 6. Voila! Project Complete!
Two pillows down, and who knows what other pillows may lighten up our home. What colorful pillows are you throwing on your couch these days?
From my hometown to yours,