Easy Outdoor Pillow Covers
July 2, 2012
Wow, what a weekend! After six weeks of renovation, we finally finished up the kitchen over at our Alma Project at I snapped a lot of pictures, can’t wait to show you the transformation, it’s such a great before and after story! Thanks for all the sweet comments on our blue balcony from last week. As promised, here is the four step easy peasy lemon squeezy way to sew your own removable pocket pillow covers.
First things first, grab yourself some outdoor fabric from a local fabric store or online (here’s a great list of online fabric sources!) I used two yards of P. Kauffman Conservatory Aquamarine for two rectangular lumbar pillows and two yards of Waverly Meridian Medallion for the square versions. (Depending on the size of your pillow, you often can get away with only 2/3 of a yard per pillow, but I ordered 1 yard for each pillow to be safe.)
For each pillow cut the front piece to fit the size of your pillow giving yourself extra fabric for the “pouf” of your pillow insert – also allow an extra inch for sewing the seam for Piece A (the front) and an extra inch on the sides of Pieces B and C.
Step 1: Roll under the sides of the edges of Piece B and C and hem the one side.
Step 2: Lay pieces B and C pattern side up on your work surface and layer the pattern (or repeat) so they are lined up. Allow about 3 inches of overlap for your pocket opening so the pillow form doesn’t bulge out from the pillow cover.
Step 3: Lay the front piece on top, pin the pieces together inside out, then follow the pins all around the four sides with your sewing machine, it takes just a minute or two.
Step 4: Trim any excess fabric, turn inside out, then stuff your pillow insert inside the cover, pretty simple!
I follow these same four steps when I make a removable pillow cover for both outdoor or indoor pillows, it’s my favorite way to make pillow covers with new fabric that are easy to wash and change out with the seasons. The same method works for any size pillow insert. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can still create your own pillow covers with fusible web, see this tutorial for no sew pillow covers.
Cheers to alfresco decorating!
Coming up tomorrow, a fun announcement and also the pictures and story of our Alma Project kitchen!
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