Introduction: Look for Less: From Crate&Barrel to Coral Floral Pillow

Recently, I noticed a beautiful Crate&Barrel Julian Orange Pillow in the spring catalog. However, I was looking for something a little more affordable. As I strolled through Jo-Ann Fabrics, I noticed a fabric similar to the Julian Pillow. After a quick rummage through some hot pink fabric, I found one that fit the look.

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Kona Kona Pomegranate Pink (Item No.: 400105484109)
Suedesays Lasercut Taffeta Coral (Item No.: 843747088289)
pink thread
sewing machine
tape measure
rotary cutter
mat board

Step 1: Measure Pillow Insert.

I like Dana Willard’s tutorial to make a throw pillow tutorial. She recommends using the same measurements of your pillow for your cover. Adding more length and width to your fabric will make your pillow look oversized and too loose. However, I wanted a little buffer, so I gave myself an extra 1/2 inch all around.

Step 2: Cut Fabric Pieces to Size.

For a 20″ pillow insert, I cut the fabric 21″ x 21″.

Step 3: For Back Panel, Cut Two Pieces With About a Three-inch Overlay.

To make an opening at the back, cut back pieces with about a three-inch overlay to cut pieces. After ironing a hem, this will make it easier to take off the pillow cover and hand wash any accidental stains away.

Step 4: Pin Front and Back Panel Pieces.

Make sure to pin inside out. The coral floral fabric will be sandwiched between both pomegranate front and back panel pieces.

Step 5: Stitch Four Sides of Pillow Cover. Cut the Corners. Flip Inside Out…

Step 6: Voila! Project Complete!

Two pillows down, and who knows what other pillows may lighten up our home. What colorful pillows are you throwing on your couch these days?

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From my hometown to yours,



sunshiine (author)2014-03-18

These are very pretty! I like the pomegranate one. Thanks for sharing your hard work and do have a Happy Spring.


hometownbetty (author)sunshiine2014-03-18

Thanks for checking it out, sunshiine! You too!

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