diy pillow covers by linen and salt gabbi byrd
If you’ve ever been shopping for throw pillows, you know that things can get out of hand really quickly price-wise. I’m all about balling on a budget. So I started brainstorming the easiest and cheapest ways to give my room a color-lift. After a little research, I decided to try DIY Pillow Covers. I loved the outcome.

Here’s how I did it….

Supplies:

  • Fabric-I went to Wal-Mart for fabric. The fabric was sooo cheap. I used about a half a yard for each pillow, but I leaned that it’s never a bad idea to have a little wiggle-room! By the time I went back for the fabric for the rest of the pillows I was getting a little over a half a yard. All together, I definitely spent no more than $20 for fabric for 7 pillows.

Sewing Method

Hot Glue Method

(I ended up liking the sewing method better. My hot glue experiment didn’t turn out that hot and that could be 100% due to user error.)

Steps

Sewing Method

  1. Thread your needle.

  2. Lay out your piece of fabric on a flat surface.

  3. Place your pillow in the center of your piece of fabric.

  4. Fold the side up and make sure you have even amounts of fabric on each side.

  5. Start sewing the sides with the least amount of fabric down first.2015-07-27 22.00.23

  6. Once you have these sides sewed down directly onto the pillow, pick up the fabric from either end and pinch the sides together with the part already sewed down.

  7. Do this for both ends of the remaining fabric.2015-07-27 22.44.25

    *This does not have to be perfect. I am pretty bad at sewing and mine turned out great. It’s hard to mess these up. Bottom line, as long as it looks pretty in the end, it doesn’t matter how it happened.

    Hot Glue Method

     (This method did not work very well for me. I think it was my fault though. I did the exact same steps as I did for the sewing method, except I used glue. But without the power of needle and thread to make things look better even when they’re not, the fabric just didn’t lay how I wanted it to. I mean, the pillow looks beautiful from the front. The back however, looks like a poorly-wrapped Christmas gift. I’ll post an update on this glue method soon because it is faster and easier. I just didn’t like the final result as much as the sewing. I need to perfect the glue method.)

    1. Plug in the hot glue gun and put sticks in

    2. Lay out your piece of fabric on a flat surface.

    3. Place your pillow in the center of your piece of fabric.

    4. Fold the side up and make sure you have even amounts of fabric on each side.

    5. Start gluing the sides with the least amount of fabric down first.2015-07-28 00.21.37

    6. Once you have these sides sewed down directly onto the pillow, pick up the fabric from either end and fold it over and glue it down over the base.2015-07-28 00.22.31

    7. Pick the other side up and fold it down to cover the other side and glue it down. 2015-07-28 00.30.12

      Here’s a look at the finished product with all of the pillows I somehow ended up doing. I went a little crazy and pulled out more pillows from my closet and did it a second time as well! 

      DIY Pillow Covers by Linen and Salt

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