The best thing about slipcovers is that they whip up really fast and they look so nice and neat when you’re finished – plus you can easily change out the look without having to make a whole new pillow! Yesterday, Easton and I finished up the pillows for his room. He liked the fact that he got to help out with some of the sewing (he is the thread snipper and pin keeper)…every time we finished a slipcover he came running out to show his dad. Of course, the real proof is when all the pillows are put on his new bed:
The thing I like best about this project? The pillows were made for under $5 each – So much better than the $1720 versions in the store!
A lot of people assume that because you sew, you’re saving tons of money by making things yourself. While we all know that this isn’t always the case, one thing I’ve found: Home Decor sewing is always cheaper. I mean $50+ for a pillow? It’s 1/2 yard of fabric and some trim!
Today we’re getting rid of the toddler bed and ‘upgrading’ Easton’s room to a full size version. We’ve packed up all the baby items and have bought everything we need for the ‘big boy’ room… everything except the decorator pillows. Easton’s new bedding set is primarily solid with sports themed sheets. I decided to go with that look and bring in a whole sports look – which is good because he’s gravitated to those prints anyway. Consequently, I purchased 4 sports ball fabrics while at Hobby Lobby and decided to turn them into slipcovers. Normally I would buy pillow inserts, but this time around I decided to make my own forms:
For the pillow forms themselves I used some stashed fabric (it’s been in there for a very long time, like when I first started sewing) and a 50 oz bag of fiberfill. I like to stuff my pillows firmly (because I’m sure they will be ‘mashed’ in no time) so I probably could easily get 6 pillows out of one bag (if you stuff less firmly, you might get about 8 or 9). Now it’s time to quickly whip up the covers (I’ll be using the tutorial I wrote for The Sewing Republic) so they are ready before the bed arrives this afternoon!
The Sewing Republic’s Slipcover Tutorial
An assortment of sports themed fabrics from Hobby Lobby
Materials & Cost:
Fabric………$9.80 (+ stash)