What could it possibly be, you ask?
A sewing machine!
When Corey’s mom was cleaning out his grandfather’s house a few weeks ago, she stumbled on this sewing machine that had never been used – there was still plastic wrap around the cords and everything! She knew I’d been dying for one, so she brought it home for me and I couldn’t be more excited.
Of course, I also couldn’t be more terrified. My previous run-ins with sewing machines have been less than fun, so I have a bit of sewing machine fear. As in, I freeze up every time I’m around one. But I knew I had to get over my fear eventually – especially if I want to tackle things like making our own curtains and re-upholstering more complicated chairs.
So, I decided I wouldn’t waste any time and chose to dive right in – thankfully, we had some leftover fabric from various projects that would fit into the living room perfectly, and we had a few pillows in the living room that we were dying to recover.
I started by cutting three pieces of fabric – one in the approximate size of the pillow (I added about an inch to all sides to account for the seam), one the same width but slightly shorter in length, and one smaller “flap” piece.
I folded over the short edges of the two smaller pieces twice (so you can’t see any of the cut part of the fabric),ironed, and sewed in a little hem.
Then, I laid the front piece (which will be the largest one) with the pattern facing up, and laid the two back pieces pattern down on top of it. And I sewed ’em together!
Then, once I flipped the fabric the right way, I had a pillow cover!
I was shocked by how quickly I was able to make the pillow covers. It probably took me less than an hour total to make two – and it was incredibly easy!
I was pretty worried when it came time to actually put the covers on the pillows, but thankfully they turned out pretty fabulously. It’s another one of those easy (and free!) projects that doesn’t make a huge difference in the room, it just makes it look a little bit better!
Here’s what it looked like before I got my hands on the sewing machine:
(I promise the yellow pillow isn’t lumpy, the fabric is just acting weird)
I love how much better these pillows fit in the room. The previous pillow covers always stuck out like a sore thumb to Corey and I, and we’re glad to have something that looks a bit more natural. We still want to find a different neutral fabric to replace the charcoal gray pillows that seem to blend into the couch, but this is definitely a start!
I’m starting to feel like maybe I’ll get the hang of this sewing thing, after all!
Do you have a sewing machine? Any ideas on what (easy) project I should tackle next with mine?