Clay and I are about to move a couple miles down the road. This of course means that I have to come up with a new theme for our home decor. I like to be prepared and since we have 3 weeks until our move, I figured I’d start DIY’ing now. One of my projects has been recovering the sofa pillows. The pillows that came with the couch are the exact color and texture as our sofa, which means they blend in lending no hand to home decor.
After hitting up the local spots (a.k.a. Hobby Lobby) I quickly realized that buying new throw pillows was out of the question. Why are throw pillows SO EXPENSIVE?! I could have afforded one, but I had a feeling that one throw pillow on a sectional couch would look pretty stupid. So, naturally my mentality switched from purchasing pillows to just re-doing the pillows I had.
I purchased coordinating colors and patterns suitable for the new place and got to work. Some cutting, sewing and several parenting interruptions later I had my final product! This tutorial only took an hour to complete and doesn’t eat up your time. I’m a fan of fashion and function so this sweet little farmhouse style pillow is perfect. It give that pop of color I needed and also is a place to rest our heads during our Netflix binging.
DIY Bow Pillow
- 1/2 yard fabric
- Strips of fabric or ribbon 1″ wide by 6″ long
- Sewing Machine
- Measuring Tape
Start by unfolding your 1/2 yard of fabric and cutting in down the middle seam. This will yield 2 equal size rectangles used for our project!
Take your fabric rectangles and flip them so that they are facing inside out. If you have a pattern fabric then your patterns should be facing the inside. If you are re-covering an old pillow, measure the size of your pillow with your measuring tape and mark the dimensions on your fabric. Pin your fabric together along the lines of your dimensions to keep the fabric in place while sewing
Sew your fabric pieces together along the top and bottom line of where you marked your dimensions all the way across your fabric. (See image below)
After sewing, turn your giant fabric tube right-side out by pulling it through one end (just like a sock). The seams should now be on the inside of your fabric. Place your pillow inside the center of your case. There should be extra fabric on both sides of your pillow. Tuck the ends into your pillow until they are tight. Smooth out the fabric so there are no folds or crimps.
Once your fabric is smooth, take your measuring tape and on the side of the pillow where the fabric is tucked, mark 4 equidistant lines with a pen on both sides of the pillow.
Make sure to make 4 equidistant marks on both right and left side of the pillow where you tucked the fabric. These markings will be our indicator of where to sew the fabric strips for the ribbons!
Take the pillow out of the fabric and set the pillow aside. Smooth out the fabric and on each of the marks you made, place the end of your ribbon or fabric, pattern/ face side down.
Sew each of the ribbons in place and repeat until all 16 ribbons (8 on one side, 8 on the other) are attached to the fabric.
*Make sure not to sew both sides of your fabric together while sewing your ribbons!… because you won’t be able to stuff your pillow.
After all the ribbons are attached, stuff your pillow back into the fabric, tuck the sides, tie your ribbons together and you are DONE!
The best part about this pillow DIY, is that it’s a slip cover! So any spills, crumbs or dirt that inevitably get on your pillow can easily be taken off in the wash. Thanks for reading this Farmhouse Bow Pillow tutorial, let me know your thoughts below! If you give this a try, make sure to snap a photo and upload to social media using #beingmrsmcintoshdiy.