I love to switch out pillow covers to correspond with the seasons. But changing all the pillow covers for each season can be a bit pricey. Also, I hate to spend money on anything that I am capable of making myself with just a little time and effort. Making pillow covers involves easy straight-line sewing for the most part. I prefer to install a zipper, so that’s really the most difficult part of making a pillow cover.
I love all those gorgeous pillows in the Pottery Barn catalog, but, oh my, I am not crazy about those prices. I saw this one in September and knew it would look great on my sofa throughout the fall. But the price of two pillows was more than I was willing to spend at that time.
I have found table linens to be a less expensive way to get a similar look. For example, Pottery Barn often carries table linens that match some of the seasonal pillows in their catalog. So when I saw these napkins on sale, I bought four napkins for less than what one pillow cover would have cost.
I opened the hem all the way around each napkin and pressed the pieces. Then I took two of the napkins and matched up the plaid (shown in photo below.) I was able to cut two matching 19-inch squares from each pair of napkins to make 18-inch pillow covers.
I installed invisible zippers along the bottom of each pillow and then stitiched the other three seams after the zipper was installed.
My plaid matching isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close.
Four napkins made two 18-inch pillow covers like this and the price was less than the cost of one of those in the PB catalog. Even with the cost of the zippers, I made two pillow covers for less than $30.
Sometimes other table linens such as tablecloths or place mats can be used to make pillow covers. Recently I purchased a seasonal placemat on sale at Kohl’s for $5, and made a pillow cover.
I pulled out all the original stitching, cut a back panel from a coordinating fabric, installed an invisible zipper, and stitched the other three sides.
Here’s another seasonal pillow cover that I made from a placemat last fall.
It’s fun to find table linens that can be used in other ways. Whenever I am out shopping, I am on the lookout for table linens in discount stores and I also watch for sales at the end of each holiday season in stores such as Pottery Barn and Pier 1.
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