Lately I have been seeing some AWESOME new pillow covers on Instagram. Unfortunately, as my home decor budget has grown – my husband’s patience has shrunk (okay not really, but I can’t keep hogging all the money y’all). I decided to blow the dust off my sewing machine and make my own DIY pillow covers.
Fabric (I used some canvas type material I had)
Sewing machine (or you could do it by hand)
Colored string to match material
Silhouette or Cricut Machine ( You do not need this but I used it later on to add designs)
Heat Transfer Vinyl (Same with this)
First, I found this awesome tutorial and followed it to make my own envelope pillow cover. I could go over exactly what I did but she did such a good job of explaining – I’ll leave it to her!
I am the worst- and didn’t take any pictures when I was making the pillows. This picture is the only one I took :(. I made sure to iron the edges and that helped a lot when I was sewing..this is also a picture of some of the material I used.. For this tutorial, I also used a tan canvas material which is what I later applied wording too!
The hardest part was cutting straight lines honestly. I used the edge of my coffee table to help square off the material… My lines weren’t perfect but the covers still came out pretty good I’d say!
Next, I used the Silhouette Design program on my computer to make some designs I liked!
I settled on the first one and made sure to flip my design- When using any type of vinyl that is to be applied to material, you have to flip your pattern! I tend to forget and don’t realize it until it is too late.
I proceeded to cut out the designs on my machine. I kept it simple and used black.
Lastly – I placed my designs onto the center of the pillow cover and pressed. I happen to own a heat press so I used that but an iron would work well also!! It is all about the pressure so make sure to push hard when pressing.
That was it!
I know I didn’t go into details for how I made the design using my Silhouette machine. Some people may have a Cricut as well. Hopefully if own a machine, you are familiar with it enough to cut these designs. If you need help with that portion of the tutorial, do not hesitate to email me! I would love to help :).
If you do not have a dye cut machine – you can definitely buy heat transfer designs/letters from craft stores or even use fabric paint and a stencil! The possibilities are endless.