Pocket Euros. Not to be confused with pocket change. or hot pockets. or small europeans that you can stick in your pocket for entertainment purposes or to model small chic parisian clothing. no. Anyone that would think of such a thing is a weirdo. And could be engaged in human trafficing. Liam Neeson is watching. just sayin.
We are talking easy pillow covers.
The euro pillows on our master bed were a little lacking. First of all there were only two. And Ikea no longer sells those pillow covers. Darn those Scandinavians and their meatballs. So I couldn’t run out and buy a third. I tried.
Instead I decided to go the cheap route and make my own. I picked up three yards of fabric at my favorite discount place, The Fabric Mart (it’s in Stone Mountain for all you locals). The striped white and muted teal fabric was $2 a yard…so that brought my cost to $6 plus the $8 I spent on the new euro pillow. Together my supplies made this extremely easy project ring in at the astounding price of fourteen big ones.
Here’s how I did it…
First get out a very cute and happy baby with fuzzy hair. Important first step.
Secondly, get out your fabric and scissors and your old sham.
Jot down some notes on random wood.
Per the old sham, my final pillow cover needed to be 26″ square. So I added an inch on both sides to hem…making it 28″ x 26″….then I wanted an overlap to form the pocket adding 10″ to the 26″ making my final measurements – 28″x36″.
I cut out three different pieces at that final measurement. I love when I have striped fabric because it makes cutting so much easier…otherwise my lines look more crooked than a politician at a strip club. No offense hookers.
Then came the tedious part…ironing.
I like to iron all my hems before sewing. It makes the ends look really crisp and clean. You wanna fold over your narrow side of fabric and iron, then fold again and iron again to make it look the best. Do that on both ends.
After you sew the hems on both ends, you wanna lay your fabric over your old sham and make sure the size is right. Pin and then sew.
After you turn the pocket right side out, you slip your pillow inside and whambamthankyoumaam.
Granted…I am a super slow ironer…I’m paranoid about burning my fingers off…although the bleeding would be minimal. The heat might cotterize the wound…hmm…something to think about.
So slow ironer…right…this took me about thirty minutes a piece to make. Precious time if you ask me. But I love how they turned out.
Plus, they require no zippers or buttons which can take an eye out with a pillow-fight-loving two year old in the mix.
Have you guys been sewing anything lately? I must admit that I am one to put sewing projects on the back burner just simply because they seem so time consuming. And frankly, I can barely sew a straight line.
That’s all I got for today! Hope y’all have a great weekend! We are gonna be painting, cleaning, fighting off this mad cold, and preparing for our first ever photoshoot. Yes. I am not thrilled at the fact that my first one ever is happening when I have post-baby weight and bald spots but I am hoping that people don’t notice it while they drool over my new tile backsplash 🙂
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***UPDATE: The fabric store is called Fabric World.***