In my opinion, you can’t get any easier than this technique to cover your porch pillows.
Remember how I said Sir Winston ate holes in the corners of all my porch pillows? I decided to sew pillow covers for the old ones. It eliminates stuffing, and a bonus – no handwork.
Step One – The Measuring
Measure across your existing pillow (or pillow form), from side seam to side seam, and add half an inch. That’s your width measurement.
Wrap a soft tape measure from top seam, around and over the bottom seam, over the top seam and down again to the bottom seam. That’s your length measurement.
Step Two – The Cutting
Cut your rectangle to the width and length measurements. I cut two because I had two pillows the same size to cover.
Turn under one end 1/2 inch and press. Turn under again and press. (We’re finishing the shorter ends.)
At the opposite end, press a double one-inch hem.
Step Three – The Sewing
Top-stitch the turned hems you pressed at each end. Or, to reduce the seams, you can run a strip of iron-on hem tape under the turned hems and press to secure.
Wrap your fabric around the pillow to see how you want to align the flap.
The one-inch turned edge should wrap around and over the first layer, ending about 3/4 of the way over the pillow front. Pin one end at the edges…
…and slide the pillow insert out. Pin at both edges.
Measure for the button and buttonhole in the center and mark with pins.
Attach button with machine or hand-stitching.
Stitch buttonhole to the size of your button and cut the opening.
Slide button through the hole and realign the pillow edges. Mark each corner with a pin.
Invert to right sides together.
Stitch along each side.
To secure your threads, you can run a zig-zag stitch along the edges.
Invert your cover.
Insert pillow, button it up, and you’re all set!
As a final step, I sprayed my covers thoroughly with fabric waterproofing. That stuff smells lethal, so do it outside.
I think you would die if you sprayed this inside!
After drying mine outside overnight, there was no smell at all. I’ll keep you posted as to how the waterproof spray works. I do recommend as a first choice – use outdoor fabric.