I triple promise you that this will be the easiest/loveliest little satin flower pillow you will ever make.
And it will only take you about 20 minutes to make. Maybe 15. You think I’m kidding, don’t you.
Can you see why?
Oh, maybe you already figured it out. But yes, this beautiful fabric is pre-sewn with all of those luscious flowers on it. Pretty though, huh?
And perfect for a pillow, right? And maybe 17 other things that I could rattle right off for you. Ahhhh, beautiful fabric gets me. EVERY. TIME.
Do you want to see how simple this Satin Flower Pillow is to make?
First of all, I found this flowered fabric at fabric.com, here. Isn’t it full and fluffy and gorgeous? (And by the way, this isn’t a fabric.com sponsored post. I just found this fabric and haven’t seen it anywhere else. So, fabric.com gets a shout out!) Well, it also comes in a variety of colors, in case you were wondering:
And in case you need different colors, or a slightly different rose looking fabric, type “rosette fabric” into their search engine, and you’ll find all sorts of great flowered fabric in so many more colors. Or let me do it for you………go here. (I also bought this great purple rosette fabric for a future project for my daughter’s room. It’s great stuff.)
And depending on how big your pillow insert is (16 inch pillow or less), you may only need a 1/2 yard of it. Which doesn’t end up costing very much for a pillow cover. Because we all know the perfect pillow from a store, in the perfect color, with the perfect texture…….always costs like $50+. Boo. So always, always, always try finding fabric to make your own decorative pillows. Then your fabric selection is almost endless. And there’s no sense in buying something that is super easy to make. :)
Anyway, let’s get started. Before cutting your fabric, you’ll need a pillow insert. (Or you can stuff this pillow cover full of batting.) I love either using old pillows that I’m tired of…….or I find decorative pillows on clearance at Ross, TJMaxx, or Ikea to use at my inserts. They always seem to have old pillows on clearance that have some little flaw or are just plain ‘ol ugly. But you could also use a 40%-50% off coupon at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Joann’s on a pillow insert or batting. It’s up to you. (But here’s my clearance Ikea pillow.)
Then, measure your pillow from one side seam to the other. If it’s square, the cross measurement will be the same. If it’s a rectangle, you’ll need the other measurement too. My pillow is 18.5 inches in both directions.
Then, add an inch to your width and height measurement for a seam allowance. I cut 2 squares of my flower fabric that were 19.5 x 19.5 inches, which will allow a 1/2 inch seam allowance around all sides. (Okay, that’s not true. I actually cut them 18.5, just like the original pillow size because the pillow wasn’t terribly full or firm. So I wanted to fit it into a smaller size pillow insert to compress the pillow a bit, firming it up just a bit more. But if your pillow insert is nice and firm, add an inch to your pillow measurement like I mentioned first. Did I confuse you? Hope not.)
Then place your two squares together, with right sides together, and pin around all the edges to keep fabric from slipping while sewing.
Then sew around 4 sides (with a 1/2 inch seam allowance), leaving a wide opening along one side. It needs to be big enough to shove your pillow in…….but you also want to be sure to have all four corners sewn, so that those corners look nice and crisp from the “right” side.
Next, clip each corner……and then either zig-zag or serge the raw edges. (But just leave the opening alone.) Trim off any excess fabric if necessary.
Then, turn right side out, poke each corner out, and then shove the pillow insert inside.
Now, fold the raw edges of the opening towards the inside 1/2 inch (just eyeball it) and then hand stitch the opening closed. Nothing fancy needs to be used here because the fluffiness of this fabric is very forgiving……so I just used a quick whip stitch on the opening. (Need help with hand-stitching and tying knots? Go here.)
And that’s it. Your fluffy flowered pillow is all ready to add some beauty to a couch, bed, chaise lounge, etc.