Hi Friends! As many of you know I am getting my deck all decorated in 5 weeks for the One Room Challenge. This week I am going to reveal the deck accent pillows and rug. If you are new here and need to catch-up, here is my design plan for the space and here is how the first week went.
First of all, my new rug arrived!I love it! It is a little bright for my normal preference, but the price was right and the size is right so why not go outside of my comfort zone a bit?!
Don approves! This is officially his favorite spot for an afternoon snack. Next up, I decided to sew pillow covers for the space. In the past I have talked about how I prefer to decorate with pillow covers because you can easily switch them out if you get bored of them. I had been buying them on Etsy for around $15 per pillow cover plus shipping, so I figured I would try going the absolute budget route and sewing my own!
- 1/2 yard of fabric for every 18″ pillow cover you want to make
- Sewing machine
- Coordinating thread and bobbin
- Pillow insert (I am using an 18″ one. You can get one from Amazon for $5.75)
- Cut out your fabric. For an 18″ pillow cover, you will cut your fabric to 19″ H x 42″W. If you have a different sized pillow, here is how you can figure out how much fabric you need: For the height, add 1″ to the size of your pillow cover for seam allowance. For the width, double the measurement and add 6″ for overlapping and hem.
- Hem your edges. I just folded over once and sewed close.
- Wrap your fabric over your pillow insert so you can see how much of an overlap you need to create. If your pillow has a pattern, shift the overlap until you like the pattern on the front of the pillow
- Pin the edges so right sides are inside
- Sew the top and bottom edges closed. Turn right side out and insert your pillow cover.
I made two of these in less than 30 minutes! The fabric is outdoor fabric from Hobby Lobby which was $5 a yard. That means if you already own pillow inserts, you can make a pillow for $2.50! #yay!
I sewed the pillows and then was worried the pattern is too much with the rug. What do you think? I put out a pink pillow I had on hand. Which one do you think looks best?
Check back next Monday for my newest progress post! If you would like a daily sneak peek, I am posting a photo a day on Facebook of the deck so you can better follow along.
If you missed any of the past deck posts, here is the deck plan
and here is the first week’s progress (and embarrassing mistakes)
Thanks for following along!