I have a kind of unusual color scheme in my living room. I have a dark orange sofa, grayish-green armchairs, and walnut mid-century style tables. The whole thing is pulled together by a crazy rug which has splotches of all of those colors and more. I wanted some throw pillows for the couch, but finding something commercially that works with my colors has been difficult. Time to DIY!
When I was on the spoonflower website working on my own design, I took some time to look for throw pillow fabric. Even limiting my search to mid-century and orange, I was kind of amazed to find that there were pages and pages of choices. This design was absolutely perfect. It had all of the colors I wanted, kept the mid-century theme, but was simple enough to harmonize with my chaotic rug. (If you love this pillow and don’t want to make it yourself, Spoonflower’s Roostery business will make it for you. They charge between $35 and $41 per pillow depending on fabric choice.)
I figured a yard would give me enough material to make covers for two 16×16 throw pillows. I considered the fabric options and chose the Cotton Sateen Ultra. The tight weave and slight sheen lend it a high-end feel. Cotton Sateen comes a little wider than I thought (yes, the website does say how wide it is… I just didn’t look), so I was delighted to find that I could cut three pillow covers, not just 2.
I purposely sewed them a little small, taking one inch off the pillow measurement (so 15×15 for a 16×16 pillow form). I like having my pillows a little overstuffed. I used invisible zippers because that’s what I had laying around. I think the hidden zipper works well with the smooth fabric, but it’s one of those things that only the person doing the sewing really notices.
There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to sew pillow covers with zip closures, so I’ll get straight to the results. Ta-da! Quick and simple: three new mid-century style throw pillows! Don’t you just love those instant gratification projects?
Cost to Make:
$11.01 Pillow Forms
$24.30 + $3 shipping Fabric
priceless My time and energy
$39.81 TOTAL or about $11.30 each