Easy Up-cycled Holiday Pillows - 12 DIYs of Christmas

Updated: Dec 7, 2020


This was one of the best DIYS for two reasons. First, it was completely free, and second, it made the biggest impact in our living space!


I have made DIY pillow covers before and, for me, it is really easy. If you have a sewing machine and know how to thread it and sew a straight seam then this will be really easy for you too. If you don't have a sewing machine, this would be a little tough but if you have a friend who does, maybe you could make a deal where you provide the fabric and you both get plenty of new pillow covers out of it!


The reason this project was free for me is because I used an old rectangular table cloth that my mom was getting rid of because she now has a round dining table. I pulled all the throw pillows from around my house, took measurements, and was able to truly transform our space for the holidays!


I am no sewing expert, so if you are, I'm sure you will laugh at my directions but I tried to make these as simple as possible. Each pillow case only needs one piece of fabric and 2 seams. You may or may not need an iron depending on your fabric. Because I was using a finished table cloth, I used the finished edges to my advantage and didn't need an iron at all!


Here are my directions for those visual learners out there.



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The width of your fabric though be the same as your pillow + 2 inches in order to have a 1 inch seam allowance on each side.


The length should be the same as your pillow times 2 and + 6 inches. This means your 'flaps' will have 3 inches of overlap on the backside to keep your pillow secure.


When folding your fabric, make sure you have it right side in and also keep in mind that which ever 'flap' you lay down first will end up being on the outside after you sew and turn it right side out. I made sure that each of my fabric rectangles had one of the finished edges of the tablecloth so that I didn't have to worry about it. For me, the interior flaps are unfinished.


If you are working with a rectangle of fabric that has no finished edges, you can simply fold it over 1 inch and press it really well with an iron before sewing. Just make sure it stays folded when you pin your sides together so it doesn't get wonky while you sew.


Finally you can sew two straight lines and turn your pillow cover right side out! Stuff your pillow, give it a nice chop (iykyk,) and voila!



This tutorial is obviously infinitely customizable for every holiday and every season. I always save fabrics like sheets, duvet covers, curtains, and even shower curtains for projects like this!


Don't forget to follow me on IG @carlyrhill and tag me if you try any of these DIYs this Christmas!









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