Pillow Talk

Last weekend my fabulous Mom came over and helped with some much needed sewing projects. One of the quicker and easier projects was recovering the living room pillows. They happened to be the pillows from my college days and although I loved them, the blues and greens weren’t working in my “more mature” living room. Especially with our honking red cabinet from Ikea. It was starting to look like a Crayola crayon box up in here.

I found fabric at Joann’s on clearance and bought a yard of each. They were both “Summery” but not kill you will Summer overload. Really they are more graphic and fun than anything. One’s silhouetted coral and the other’s simple line drawings of sailboat.

Now it was time to recruit Mom to sew them for me since I have an unhealthy fear of needles. My idea of a good time does not included a high powered one bouncing dangerously close to my hands. Catch was I didn’t give Mom the easiest of jobs, since I wanted to be able to swap them on and off when I got tired of them. Mom’s not a fan of sewing zippers (and we didn’t have any on hand) and buttons can get annoying as well. We came up with a simple enough solution. Sew a “pocket” at the bottom of the opening for the pillow to “sit” in.

That way the cover will stay in place and the pillow can still easily wiggle it’s way out whenever my fancy changes. Simply put it was about 10-20 minutes of sewing for 4 pillow covers and takes roughly 30 seconds to switch them on and off. I’m a rather happy camper.

Total cost? $5.59 a yard for each pattern = $11.18 for 4 awesomely graphic summer time feeling pillows.