Comfort is always top priority for me. I love my front porch swing and rockers, but I was really wanting to add some pillows for comfort and to soften the overall look. I hope you noticed my patriotic pillows on my front porch makeover, because I was so proud of them. :0)
I am not lying when I say that you could whip out one of these pillow covers in less than an hour. I will show you my steps, and I promise that I made one of these last night (including making my own stencil) in 30 minutes!
Step One – I created my own stencils because I just couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, and it was cheaper! I bought this stencil material at Walmart for $3 and printed out my template on the computer. Then I used an Exacto Knife to carefully cut out my stencil.
Step Two – Cut your fabric. I purchased a painter’s canvas drop cloth from Home Depot to use as my fabric. It works perfectly because it is durable, washable, and ….you guessed it…. cheap! I happen to love the color and texture too!
My pillow measured 18 x 12 inches. I cut my front fabric to 20 x 14 (to allow for the puffiness of the pillow and the seam allowance). I cut two pieces for the backing (I used the hemmed side of the fabric to save time) to 14 x 13. This will allow for overlap and a pocket to make it easy to put the cover on the pillow.
Step Three – I stenciled my designs on the front fabric pieces and allowed it time to dry.
Step Four – Pin right sides together carefully and sew sides together with a 1/4 inch seam.
Step Five – Pull the pillow right side out and stuff it with a pillow form. I purchased an outdoor pillow form for half off at Joanne’s last week.
I love them so much and love that they are so simple to make. I can’t wait to make some to change out for August!