Sewing Tutorial: Easy Steps to Recover Your Old Pillows

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This is my favorite time of year. The weather warms up, and we eat all of our meals outdoors. Cleaning and prepping the patio for the summer season was quite the endeavor, but well worth it!

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I’ve always loved this old trunk and milk can in our yard, but it’s always been buried or tucked away in a corner. And while the pillows look decent in this image, they are old and incredibly worn. In less than a couple of hours, I recovered both of these with bright, new fabric.  Here’s how you can easily do the same!

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Step 1

Measure your pillow.My approach isn’t exactly scientific, but it works. I lay the pillow on the fabric, mark the corners and cut.

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Step 2

With your two pieces cut out, pin the fabric right sides together and sew 3/4 sides.

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Step 3

On the 4th side, sew approximately 3″ in on each side, leaving an opening in the middle. You’ll use this opening to turn the fabric inside out and stuff your pillow into the new casing.

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Step 4

Now that you’ve stuffed your pillow into the casing, pin the raw edges to create a clean seam and stitch. Then stitch the clean edges together to close the pillow. This is the most challenging part.

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If you prefer not to close it off, you can add a zipper or try this approach with an open flap.

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Easy Bedroom Makeover – Before and After Pictures

After at least two months of working on the bedroom makeover, it’s DONE! The only reason it took so long is I had to make time to sew and whip up my curtains. With very minimal changes, and for less than $350, the bedroom became a brighter, happier room. We replaced the dark red wall with blue paint we already had and exchanged a few clunky things for smaller ones.

What do you think?

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Much to Manfriend’s disappointment, I donated that big clunky chair and drab, old end tables to the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission.

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[1] Etsy [2] Manfriend bought these in Thailand in 2009 [3] Urban Outfitters [4] Bed Bath & Beyond

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[5] Target [6] Had the pot, bought the plant at Raley’s for $3 [7] La Garage

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I’ll post the tutorial to these curtains soon!

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