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.