If I were asked what I thought the two simplest ways to quickly change the look of a room would be, I would say to paint a new color on the walls and to recover your pillows with new fabric. I am doing the second this week in my beautifully teal, aqua and green living room. Though these cooler colors are on trend for the upcoming Fall and Holiday 2013, especially the deep emeralds, I am going to be bold and crazy and switch out my living room to the warmer eggplants, plums and golds. I am starting this mini transformation with the pillow covers and will finish with the art around the room. Stay tuned for a full tour of the finished room.
I have been sewing pillow covers for as long as I can remember. I love to have the option to choose from a variety of fabrics and colors and find it useful to reuse the pillow fills season after season. I have several different versions of pillow covers that I will use depending on the fabric and the use of the pillow. Today I am sharing one of the basics, a zippered pillow cover. These are pillows that I am using in my living room with high traffic and daily use by multiple people, so I want both sides to look finished and they need to be easily removed for washing. Zippers are one of those things that seem a bit tricky to sew and I wanted to create a tutorial that was as simple as possible to follow. I believe you can do it, even if you are a beginner at sewing. Worst case is you can remove the seam and try again. If you are not ready for a zipper, I will be posting a tutorial for an envelope pillow tomorrow. See you then! ~ Lia
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