I have fallen in love with all the throw pillows that have huge flowers sewn on them. They are so flirty and fun. So I decided to make one with a Christmas theme. Today I am going to teach you how I made a Poinsettia Pillow cover. By making just a cover for a throw pillow you already own you save money by not having to by a new pillow form, and you save space because you don’t have to store a big pillow that you only use for a few weeks a year.
I purchased 5/8 of yard of Felt for my project. I chose felt because it leaves a nice edge that you don’t need to finish.
I started by measuring the pillow I had, in this case 21″ square, then adding an inch to give room for me to sew a seam. So I cut one square that was 22″x22″ for my front pillow piece. (Your measurements will be for the pillow you have.)
For the back I wanted to make a place where I could just slip the pillow in and have it close up with out having any ties or buttons.
So for the back of the pillow I cut a 25″x22″ square the give me some extra length. Then I cut off a 10″x22″ piece off of that. This is going to be the space that the pillow will slip in. The extra length lets it overlap so it will cover the whole pillow. (I hope that isn’t too confusing)
I pinned the template to my fabric that I had triple folded so I wouldn’t have to cut out so much.
When you cut out your petals be sure you use your fabric wisely and place your template right up against your last cut. You will be able to make more petals out of your fabric this way.
To give my petals more life, I took them to the sewing machine and ran a gathering stitch with red thread. When you gather, put your stitch length on the highest length you have (mine is a 4) then sew the line that you want without back stitching at the beginning. This will allow you to pull the threads and gather the fabric. I sewed right up to about 2″ from the point of the petal, and then I back-stitched to keep my line of stitching in place.
make, easy to put on and easy to store.