Today’s post is about a fun challenge that I have been a part of called Waverize It! Jo-Anns and Waverly fabric has teamed up to celebrate National Sewing Month and Waverly’s 90th Anniversary. Us bloggers get to participate in their blogger contest, but there is also a Facebook challenge going on if you love to sew but don’t have a blog. The Facebook contest runs through September 22nd, so make to check it out HERE for more info. There are some fun prizes too; you can win $1,000 in Waverly fabrics or a $200 gift card to JoAnns!
A few weeks ago Waverly sent me their fabric and I was SO happy with the pattern I received. I had seen this print at JoAnns many times and always swooned over the beautiful organic shapes in the pattern. The blue was an exact match to the blue in my master bedroom, so I knew where I wanted it to go.
You might have noticed I haven’t posted about my master bedroom yet. The reason? Well I just haven’t been happy with the direction it was going in. AKA I didn’t have a direction! The space was just kind of “blah” in my opinion; it needed something to make it POP! … Something to make the look cohesive. I needed an inspiration piece.
When I got the fabric in for the Waverize It contest, I knew this was going to be my inspiration piece for the room. Now I just needed to figure out where I would use it. I had an old set of euro pillows that I loved, but their pattern (white and cream stripes) didn’t really go with my other 2 euro pillows. (I have a king bed and need a TON of pillows!) I thought, if I could just recover them with my new fabric, my pillows would finally be cohesive! As much as I hated to recover them, I knew it needed to be done to complete the space. The moment I started the project, I was giddy about my decision. The large print looked BEAUTIFUL on the euro pillow – I was ecstatic.
Oh, and P.S. I slipcovered our headboard for this post. My new pillows should feel special:)
** Note: I wouldn’t normally sew a non-removable pillow cover on something that is used often like an accent pillow that sits on a couch or chair, but since this is our bedroom (and lets be honest, I don’t make my bed every day) these pillows aren’t used 24/7. In other words, I’m not all that worried about washing them. Please don’t judge me:)
Ok, moving on to the tutorial!!
1. Lay your 2 yards of fabric flat on the ground and fold in half.
2. Lay your pillows over the folded fabric with the edge against the fold.
3. Measure your pillow, turn fabric inside out (non-pattern side showing) and mark your measurements on the fabric. I made 2 sets of measurements. One set that was an inch longer than the pillow (aka the cutting measurements), and another set that was the exact measurement of the pillow (aka the sewing measurement). For example: These pillows were 26×26 inches and I was working with a fold. My cutting measurements were 28×27 (because of the fold). My sewing measurements were 26×26. See diagram below if this sounds confusing.
4. Leave your fabric inside out (non-pattern side showing) and cut along your “cutting” measurements.
5. Sew the two adjoining sides of the fold (along your “sewing” measurements) and leave one side open
6. Turn fabric back to where the pattern side is now showing. Insert the pillow into the open side.
7. With your open side, fold the fabric in and pin it closed.
8. With the pillow inside, sew the pillow shut. (The fold side will end up being the top of the pillow)
So what do you guys think? In my opinion it’s a relatively easy project that makes such an impact. I want to give a HUGE thank you to Jo-Anns and Waverly Fabric for including me in their contest. My master bedroom thanks them too:)
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