Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner!  It’s time to freshen up our patios and porches for entertaining.

Sewing pillows is an inexpensive and easy way to update outdoor living areas.

Did you know that you can sew a pillow cover in ten minutes?!!

If you have been thinking about sewing, this is the project for you.

Sewing pillows is rewarding. With a little planning it may be worked right into a busy schedule. The secret is setting up a sewing area and planning the pillow project.

Day 1 – Plan . . . How many? What size? Count and measure old pillows (often, sewing new pillow covers and repurposing the pillow inserts is the best, least expensive, and best of all the most sustainable choice).

Day 2 – Gather the tools and set up the sewing area . . . project table (dining room tables are perfect – protect the surface so that it doesn’t scratch if the wood is soft), sewing machine, iron, ironing board, sewing scissors, ruler, square ruler, a seam ripper(just in case), measuring tape, and pins.

Day 2 – Shop for OUTDOOR fabrics, OUTDOOR pillow inserts(if buying new pillow inserts), separating zippers, thread, pins, etc. Before making a decision to purchase fabrics, it is best to look at the big pieces of fabrics and arrange them together. So it’s easier to shop in a local fabric or craft store.

Day 3 – Measure and cut out pillow covers.

Cut out the pillow covers 1″ smaller than the pillow insert. Example: To sew a pillow cover for a 26″ square pillow insert, cut out a 25″ square piece of fabric. Sew 1/2″ seam allowances on each side. This trick makes the pillow covers fit properly!

Day 4 – Sew pillows and stuff with pillow inserts. Done!

Thanks for joining me for a quick tutorial on sewing pillow covers!