I’m finally back at my sewing machine and it feels great! Last week I shared how to make your own pillow forms or pillow inserts. Making your own is so much cheaper than purchasing them, and it’s easier than you probably imagine. You may even already have the materials in your craft stash to whip them up. After you’ve made the pillow forms, then the pillow cover possibilities are endless. Like this Secret Love Notes Envelope Pillow Cover– shhh….it has a secret hiding pocket for leaving little notes or cards for that special Valentine. And be sure to catch my little GIF at the bottom. Yep, I’m bringing the techie out.
- Chevron material
- Pink fleece remnant for heart
- Black material for back
- Sewing machine
- Black or white thread (white thread if you want a contrasting look)
- Pink thread
Begin by cutting the material. For this cover, I am making it for a pillow insert that is 16″x20″. It may seem that I am cutting the material pieces too snug, but I want the cover to be snug. A loose cover looks sloppy, so there is a fine line between too tight and perfect. Here are my cutting dimensions for this pillow:
- Front Chevron Panel- cut material piece 16.25″x20.25″
- Black Back Panel #1- 16.25″x11″ (the 11″ came from halving the 20″ measurement and adding an inch)
- Black Back Panel #2- 16.25″x14″ (the 14″ came from halving the 20″ measurement and adding four inches)
- Heart- Cut a heart that is in proportion to the pillow. I used the old school version of folding the fleece in half and cutting the heart
Position the heart in the middle of the right side of the chevron material. Pin in place. Sew halfway up the sides of the heart, stopping at the arrows at the sides of the heart as shown. Be sure to leave the top open so that you can leave your secret notes!
For Black Back Panel #1, press under 1/4″ on one of the short sides. Fold this edge up again another 1/4″ so that there is no longer a raw edge. Press and pin. Sew this in place. Set aside.
For Black Back Panel #2, press under 1/4″ on one of the short sides. Fold this edge up again 1″. Press and pin. Sew in place along pinned edge. Sew again at the outer folded edge.
Place Chevron Panel on a flat surface, right side up. Pin Black Back Panel #2 to the Chevron Panel, right sides together. Pin Black Back Panel #1 to Chevron Panel, right sides together. Both of the Black Back Panels will overlap!! Sew the panels together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Clip corners and threads and turn the cover right sides out.
Place it on the pillow and write your love a secret note.
For those of you interested, here’s how the back of the pillow comes together.
Love the color combo. Plus you had me at chevron!
Thanks! I like the color combo too- my little one just likes the pink 🙂
Love it, Melanie! My girls would be thrilled to find secret notes in a pillow!
What a sweet idea. The pink on black and white is so nice and the little note pocket is just adorable.
Thanks so much!
Cute, cute, cute and a great tutorial! I have so many fabric scraps I could use for this but I love your fabric choices.
Thank you! This is my first time using chevron, and I like the way it looks!
Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner says
This is a very clever idea – pinned!
I am really into chevron right now! So, I think your pillows are super cute! Have a great day!
Thanks, Tiff, for stopping by and for your nice comment.
What a cute idea and now I just wanna make gifs. And sew. 🙂 I wish I could get a snow day!!
Melanie I absolutely LOVE this project! Secret notes are so fun!
I know. Get your hubby to send you a secret note, Marilyn! Do you think he can whip up a pillow? 🙂
This is really cute! I love the fabrics you chose. Pinned 🙂
Such a sweet idea! I love the color combo, too! 🙂
What a cute idea, I think my kids would have fun sneeking notes to each other in the pillow.
Love the pillow, and the secret pocket! I found you over at the Creativity Unleashed link party. I am definitely pinning this!
Thanks! This one of my favorite pillows!
Amy Huntley says
I love this and the idea of a secret little note pocket! I love to make my own pillow covers too! Great job! Pinning!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I love this! My tween wants to make her own after seeing this. How did you do the rotating picture in the image? I pinned it and loved seeing the note slip into the pocket!
It’s called a .gif! They are so cool. There are a few programs where you can load your photos and then it makes them into a GIF for you.
Seriously adorable. This would be perfect for my daughter’s room. She just painted it pink and chose black accents. I think she could even make this herself. Saved and pinned! Thanks!
Thanks! My daughter stole this pillow from me for her room, too. 🙂
My daughter would love this 🙂
Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3 says
Cute idea! Pillows are such fun, and I love making pillow covers, because you completely change up your room’s decor for really cheap! Pinning!
Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt says
This is so cute! I am hopefully getting a sewing machine soon from my grandma so I am pinning this!
Seaweed & Raine says
I love it! I think I’ll have to check out your pillow form tutorial – they can be quite expensive to buy.
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Melanie, my hubby still hasn’t whipped up a pillow for me! Perhaps I should make one for both of us and nudge him to write me some love notes! 😉
That sounds like an excellent plan!
You’re a genius! I’m definitely going to give this DIY project a try!!!