My mom was an amazing seamstress. Unfortunately, I paid little or no attention when I was younger, especially in my teen years when I was much too busy dealing with the latest drama. But, I digress!
Over the years, I’ve dabbled in sewing from time to time and even asked my in-laws for a sewing machine for Christmas one year. However, most of the time it collected dust. It wasn’t until I got sober and needed something to focus on, that I actually took it out, dusted it off and started using it (after I re-read the manual a dozen times!). I started off small by making some burlap and fabric banners (I’ll have to post those later!) and eventually moved on to larger projects – but not too large!
Surprisingly, I’ve found a lot of enjoyment in teaching myself to sew and satisfaction in completing a project. It’s one of the many ways I’ve practiced following through with things, which hasn’t always been my strong suit! I’m far from an accomplished seamstress – if anything I’m a total amateur. Regardless, it’s a fun way to express my creativity and practice not being perfect – because, believe me, my sewing is NOT perfect!
Okay, so on to my latest sewing project. We recently got new couches for our living area and I desperately wanted some new throw pillows. Instead of buying them like I usually would, I thought “what the heck!” I’ll try making some covers for my old pillows. It can’t be that hard, right? Well, there’s A LOT of ways to make throw pillow covers. Oh, and did I mention I like easy, no fuss projects? I’ve never done a zipper, so that was out. A sewing friend of mine mentioned she always makes envelope-style pillow covers, which sounded much more doable. Being optimistic, I bought some cute fabric from an adorable fabric and quilting store in Sisters, OR called the Stitchin Post.
Okay, with fabric in hand, I Googled envelope-style pillow covers. I wanted to use two different patterns, for front and back, so I looked for directions that incorporated those elements. Like I said, I like easy projects, which also includes EASY directions! I found a great tutorial over at Redbook Magazine. With cutting, ironing and sewing, the whole project took about an hour – allow for a bit longer if you’re trying to prepare dinner and answer kid questions all at the same time!
Overall, I’m really happy with how they turned out! The only thing I would do differently next time is add a few more inches to the width of the front panel, so a total of eight inches instead of five as it suggests. My pillows have a small gap at the envelope closure and adding a bit more fabric would prevent this.
Apparently, even our kitty, Tally, approves of the finished product!