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07 May, 2016

How to Make a Pillow Cover from a Tea Towel

If you know me, you know that I love throw pillows! I have them for every season and holiday and even have a collection of them with a French theme. So when I spotted this frenchy tea towel, I knew it was begging to be made into a pillow! And I think I have found an easy way to do just that, so I am going to share it with you!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Pillow Cover from a Tea Towel supplies
Here's what you will need:
  • Tea towel of your choice (mine came from World Market)
  • Coordinating fabric cut into four 9 inch x 5 inch pieces (These are the ties. You could use ribbon if you prefer.)
  • Lumbar pillow form (mine is 22 inches x 13 inches)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Pillow Cover from a Tea Towel tutorial
And here's what you will do:
  1. Fold the tea towel over the pillow form so that the short sides overlap about 2 inches or as much as your pillow form will allow. You may need to allow for the design on your towel as well. Mark the measurement with pins and remove the pillow from.
  2. Fold one end of the tea towel up at the measurement that you determined would work. Overlap the other end over it, pin in place, turn inside out and then stitch. You have created a sort of open-ended tube.
  3. With the tube still inside out, stitch across one end, leaving the other open for the pillow form.
  4. Stitch each of the smaller fabric pieces on three side, leaving one of the shorter ones open. Clip excess and corners, turn and press. These are the ties.
  5. Stitch the four pieces to the inside of the open end of the cover so that you have two sets of ties lined up at about 1/3 and 2/3 points.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Pillow Cover from a Tea TowelNow just turn right side out, press and add your pillow form. Then just simply tie the ends and there you have it! You know I especially love the Eiffel Tower design in this one!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Frenchy PillowAnd just in case you are looking for more ideas for lumbar pillows, here's one of my POTTERY BARN INSPIRED FRENCHY PILLOW. It's easy to make and the tutorial also includes instructions for the flowers!

IMG_0491And Miss Kitty says that if you are really lucky, you will have a furry friend who coordinates with your pillows...always a special touch! ;-)

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  1. So pretty! I never think to look at tea towels, but......
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. You make the prettiest pillows! Of course I love the Eiffel Tower towel, cute!!

  3. You have the prettiest fur crew. That must be one of the reasons your blog is such an inspiration. Coordination? Spread the word that black cats (who are the least likely to be adopted, followed by white cats) go with EVERYTHING! That's why all the fashionable women understand the need for the "basic" black dress.
    I am sure your helpers would agree with me.

  4. What a great pillow! I don't have a sewing machine but could maybe do this with Fabric glue??? Might give that a try! Have a most wonderful Mother's day!

  5. Cute! Do you have storage somewhere for all you great creative items? I'd run out of room :)

  6. Debbie, what a cute pillow! I just got a vintage tea towel this weekend at a tag sale and was thinking what to do with it... you've given me a great idea. ;)


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