Monday, May 7, 2018

Sewing Pillows For Our Kids' Bunkroom Reno

In the long process of waiting for our renovations to become complete, I have busied myself with plans for the decoration of our new space: the upstairs bedrooms, and new playroom, and the exercise equipment room.

Also, a huge stress reliever has been this Vera Bradley coloring book and these pens.  (Highly recommend!)

We decided to do a color scheme of peach, gray, and mint green.  I am very excited about the quilts we picked out. The walls will be white, so we wanted pops of color in our accent pieces.  This includes pillows, lamps, and the quilts on the beds. We are trying to keep the design very simple, and that is definitely by design!

I have made several envelope pillow covers over the years, so I thought it would be fun to cover some of the old pillows we have but don't use anymore.

Enter the Little, Long Pillows:

I saved the photos of our bedspreads and sconces, and compared the fabric to the pictures I had on my phone as I was buying.  As I looked longer at the sconces, I really felt like we would need some turquoise to tie it all together. Also, pale pink.  So just remember: the pillows don't have to be matchy-matchy. As long as they bring out the colors you're *actually* using, you can be creative and find or make more pillows to tie together the nuances in your statement pieces (for us that is lamps and quilts).

Want to make one?


1. Pick fabric.

2. Measure and cut. Make sure they are uniform. I based the measurements loosely on a pillow we already had with stripes just like this!

3. Iron out flat.

various types of interlocking seams

4. Putting right sides together, sew strips together, each one the same way or turn the ends and use an interlocking seam.

5. Iron the patchwork cover flat as you go, and a once-over at the end.

6. Make your envelope pillow cover. (With the sewing machine that you found the cord for....)  😲

Here's a picture of our design color scheme for the bunk rooms upstairs!  haha.  The sconces, built-ins with white walls, and quilts are all exact replicas (photos) of what we are getting. The pillow is there to show the color scheme and how the pillows will tie it all together.

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