I have been having so much fun decorating our new house. After renting for so many years in neautral-tone condo’s consisting of white, beige and cream, my decor was limited to dark colors in order to have some contract. Now that I am free to paint my walls whatever color I want, that means I can chose any decor color palette now! I’m in heaven! My childhood summers always consisted of camping trips to the coast and spending weeks on end at the beach. I instantly knew that I wanted a coastal beach theme in my house with natural wood accents, light colors and funky decor. I started looking for inspiration to make some new pillow covers for our loving room and I came across these pillows that I LOVE! But the price?!?! Over $460 for four little pillows! Who would pay that?!?! So off I went to search for some deals!
I bought the nautical grey striped material at a thrift store for $2 and the size of the material peice was enough for at least 5-6 pillow covers. Then I came across the crab pillow at a garage sale and the shell pillows I found at another thrift store for $6 for two! If I buy thift then I make sure they are removable covers so all I do is slip then in the wash and they are better then ever! Obviously I didn’t DIY the shell or crab pillow but the nautical ones I made as an easy envelope style cover. Here’s how:
Step 1: Measure your pillow. Add one inch to all sides and cut out fabric. My pillow was 18 inches by 18 inches so I cut my fabric square 19 x 19 to allow for seams.
Step 2: For your second peice, cut the same width but cut the length 4 inches longer. So for me I cut the second peice of fabric 19 x 23 inches. Once you have it cut out, find the middle and cut into two peices (measure half of the length so half of 23 for me was 11.5 inches)
Step 3: The edges that you just cut on both peices need to be hemmed now. Fold over twice and sew a hem on each peice. These two peices will make up the envelope style opening.
Step 4 – Lay both your hemmed peices on top of your original square with pattern sides in. Line up the outer edges so that the two peices overlap in the middle. Sew all around the outside of your square.
Step 5- Turn your material inside out and stuff in your pillow.
You can either display the envelope side up or the other side. As for the starfish pillow cover. I just cut out a star shape from another peice of material, sewed it on with my sewing machine and added some studs!
Hope you like it!