This post is sponsored by Waverly but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I feel like I must spend way too much time on Pinterest, because I have an insatiable itch to update rooms in my house all the time. I love changing up my home decor every now and then, but it can definitely get pricy- especially when you start looking at stuff like bedding. I get sticker shock every time I look up how much something so seemingly basic might cost, like throw pillows or a duvet cover.
I got the urge for a little change of scenery in our bedroom recently with the fall weather rolling in, and I decided that this time I was going to take charge (and by take charge, I mean buy some fabric and thread a sewing needle, haha) and DIY my own bedding!
I started out this venture with intentions of making a duvet cover AND throw pillows, but it turns out my sewing machine is broken and I had to hand sew my new bedding instead. Heaven knows, I wasn’t about to sew an entire duvet cover by hand, so that project will be coming another day when I have a working sewing machine again, haha.
Despite that minor setback, I still wanted to go ahead with some changes! I’ve had a couple old lady looking throw pillows kicking around and I figured it was about time they got a little upgrade. If you’ve never made your own throw pillows before, you really should. It’s SO. EASY. As long as you know how to hand sew (and you don’t even have to be good at it), you’re more than capable!
I used fabrics from the Waverly Design Series at Joann for this project and ohhh my gosh, are they ever beautiful! The fabric acting as my faux duvet cover (which I’ll eventually be turning into a real duvet cover- can’t wait!) in these photos is the Admiral Stripe fabric in Nickel, and for the pillows I used the Loft fabric in Glimmer.
Admiral Stripe is a bit of a heavier fabric, but not at all scratchy. It’s going to be perfect for a duvet cover! I think I’m even going to make Duke a new dog bed cover out of the leftover fabric. The Loft fabric is incredibly soft and made for the comfiest pillows. I honestly may just make myself a throw out of the rest of the fabric because it’s that nice!
What you’ll need:
Besides the fabric (of which you need very little- basically just enough to be able to fold over each pillow you’re doing), you’ll need some pins, a needle, thread, scissors and the pillow(s) you want to upgrade. I told you this was easy!
Start by laying your fabric out flat, with the outside of the fabric facing in towards the pillow. Place your pillow on top of the fabric and fold the fabric up towards the top of the pillow to get a rough idea of how much fabric you need for your pillow.
Make sure your fabric is still inside out and start pinning the fabric along the pillow edges (get this fairly snug, but leave a tiny bit of room to sew) and snip off any excess fabric. Remove the pillow, continue pinning on the last open edge and finish cutting off excess fabric. This is literally the laziest way of doing this and it’s totally okay if you feel more comfortable getting out the measuring tape and cutting things more accurately, haha.
Next, start sewing right along where you pinned. If you’re hand sewing, try to make sure that you’re not pulling the needle through so much that the thread is bunching up (see the image below). You’ll want to make sure that’s all flattened out before you tie your thread off at the end, or you may have little wiggly lines showing on the outside of your pillow.
Continue to hand sew along 2/3 edges, leaving the last edge open. If you are using one of the really squishy pillow inserts (or just straight up pillow stuffing) rather than an old pillow with a non-removable cover, then you can continue sewing up the third edge until you’re about 2/3 of the way across. At this point, you’ll want to turn your pillow case right side out, stuff in the pillow insert or pillow stuffing, and then sew as cleanly as possible along that last open piece.
If you’re using an old pillow with a cover already on it like I did, you’ll need to leave the whole edge open, turn the pillow case right side out, stick the pillow in and then pin everything tightly into place with the edges of the fabric . I didn’t pin mine tight enough so my pillows turned out a little loosey-goosey along one edge (woops- I never said I was an expert, haha). You’ll then need to fold the edges of the fabric inside the pillow case and sew them closed as cleanly as possible.
And that’s that! I can’t wait to get my sewing machine back up and running so I can finish the duvet cover and my little bedroom revamp will be complete for fall!
This easy DIY throw pillow upgrade is also a really great option if you’re one of those people that likes to go all out with the decor for different seasons. You can buy some holiday fabric, sew up a couple pillow covers and throw them over top of your pillows as the seasons change!
It’s so easy (and rewarding, I might add) to revamp your bedroom yourself, and it gives you so many more options decor-wise when you get to choose your own fabrics to decorate with! Definitely pop over and check out the Waverly Design Series at Joann for your next DIY decor project!