Do you have special pillows you set out for Christmas? Aren’t they a nightmare to store? They take up so much space!
This year, I’ve got a solution. On a recent trip to T. J. Maxx, I bought some tea towels.
I did a simple fold-over to form a tube shape for sliding an existing pillow into. Do you remember my DIY Pillow From Thrifted Chico’s Jacket?
The goal is to slip-cover pillows currently in use somewhere in your home.
Here’s how to do this. Lay the tea towel face-down and roll both bottom and top edges over so they are facing you. You can hot glue the flaps together, or you can add some trim first.
Hot glue the trim to the lower edge as shown below.
Fold the upper flap over the lower edge and hot glue along the edge, covering the trim’s ugly sewn edge.
That. Is. It.
I know! Just slide a pillow through one end and you’re done.
To make one with ties at each side, hot-glue the trim onto the towel first. I wanted the fancy edge to show on this one.
Hot glue ribbon strips the same distance from the top and the bottom, both ends of the slip-cover. You’ll need eight ribbons cut to 6-7″ long.
This one is a little fru-fru, but to each his (or her) own, as they say.
After Christmas, remove slip-covers and store them flat. Christmas pillow storage problem solved!
For an entirely different option, dig through your stash of old clothing.
In my recent flurry of Joining the Tartan Plaid Craze, I raided HH’s pile of discarded shirts and rescued his old plaid shirt for a very quick pillow slip-cover.
Men’s shirts are so smooth and make THE BEST pillow covers. (See Fifteen Minute Pillows.)
We don’t use this pillow anymore, so I might keep the plaid cover on it permanently – even after Christmas. 🙂 Measure your pillow and smooth the shirt flat for cutting. You’ll want to cut the shirt 1/2″ wider and longer than your pillow.
As I said earlier, I love taking advantage of closures already in place. Cut the front piece first, then place it face-down over the shirt’s back side.
With right sides together, stitch all four edges at a quarter-inch seam allowance. Serge or zig-zag the raw edges.
If you don’t sew, iron seam binding tape between the pieces (right sides together) along all four edges. (Be sure to cut the pillow large enough to accommodate the seam binding width.)
Slip your fingers between buttons to the under side and unbutton. Invert pillow and press.
Stuff the pillow inside, and button it up. Voila! (I’m considering a trim but don’t have one masculine enough. Hmm…)
The three pillow slip-covers were super-quick to make.
Does this give you ideas for making your own special pillow slip-covers for Christmas? Any other ideas of things we could use to make more?
I’m sharing my slip-covers at Metamorphosis Monday. Come along for the fun!