How to Make Envelope Pillow Covers

After living with the pillows that came with the couch for years (don’t ask me why – we’ve never liked them) I finally got around to covering them! However, I used a new method for covering the pillows this time. I made envelope pillows covers – and I’m totally hooked. They are easy to make and easy to take off and wash or change out.

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I picked up the fabric at the Charlottesville U-Fab the same time we got the fabric for the foam board cornice.

We decided to do a different fabric for the front and back (this helps to save cost if you want a more expensive fabric for the front of the pillows). We chose the geometric print for the front and then just a plain cotton red fabric for the backing.

How to Make Envelope Covers for Pillows

1. Measure your pillow length and width. Cut your front fabric to be the length and width of the pillow PLUS 2 inches for the hem. For the back part of your curtain you are going to make TWO pieces. Make each one the width of the pillow plus 2 inches on each side for the seam. Divide the length of the pillow by two and add 8 – 10 inches. This allows two inches on each side for the hem and then 4-6 inches for the overlap in the back. If you have flatter pillows you can use 8 inches. If you have very fluffy pillows use the 10 inches.

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2. Sew a hem on the two pieces of fabric for the back. At this point you just need to sew a hem on one side (the width) where the two fabrics will overlap.

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3. Now sew your pillow just like normal. Turn all the fabric inside out so the finish sides are facing each other. You need to lay your two back sides just how you want them to overlap. Make sure to leave about 4-6 inches of overlap so when you stuff it with your pillow you won’t see the old pillow inside.

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4. Once sewn just flip inside out and stuff with your pillow!

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Now you have pillow covers you can change anytime you want – or clean anytime you want!

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Love that graphic print. I need to check out U Fabric the next time in C’ville!

Envelope pillows are my favorite because it makes changing the covers so easy.

You definitely need to visit them! It is just so nice to see such beautiful, high quality fabrics. Love them! I’m definitely converted to envelope pillows now too!

I love your pillows Megan! Great tutorial too. :)

Nancy

Thank you Nancy!

Adding Layers One Bedskirt at a Time

I’ve really started learning what decorators have been saying forever: layer, layer, layer your rooms!

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I actually felt what that means when we added the floor length curtains in the living room. The room felt like it had depth and dimension. It felt deeper and more finished. It was definitely an ah-ha moment.

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I also found that layers can be simple items too – not just dramatic curtains.

I recently added another layer to the guest room (after I had amped up the curtain situation) via a bed skirt. Yes, a bed skirt can count as a layer.

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I realized a bed skirt counts as a layer after I put it on. All of a sudden the room felt richer, more finished, and multi-dimensional. Not to mention it hid the ugly bed legs (and dust bunnies if I’m being real).

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So I must agree with all those decorators out there – layer, layer, layer. Big and small, it helps. From curtains, to bed skirts, to pillows, and throws, no layer is too small.

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Now that I know how layers really add to the feel and look of a room I’m searching for more ways to add layers. What are your favorite ways to add layers to your rooms?

carol jane

Awesome room. I agree. Lots of layers is so much more interesting. Just as we layer our outfits!

Thank you! That’s a really good point! Outfits and rooms are very similar in the way you put them together!

Adding a bed skirt to your bed makes your guest room all the more inviting. The white looks great with your colorful bedding.

Thanks so much Paula! I’m really trying to make a comfortable room for guests.

An Upcycled Utensil Caddy

In celebration of upcoming Earth Day on April 22nd, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to upcycle a project out of things I only have in the house. I decided to not just use things in my house but things that were also on the way out of my house. For instance, tin cans and an old plant stand.

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I am a huge fan of soup (all year round no less) so I have plenty of used cans hanging out in the recycle container. These were the basis of my project.

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I knew I wanted to make the cans into a utensil caddy for the sun room so I started looking around for something to make a base. I was thinking I was going to have to break out the tools and scrap wood until my eyes landed on this old plant stand in the yard sale pile.

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Sidenote: I have the sweetest memories of this plant stand. My mom and I picked it out together when we did a room makeover for me in high school. It stood by my bed for years holding my clock and pictures. However, time has passed and it was looking a little wonky. So I am thrilled to be able to hold onto a part of it filled with its memories.

I immediately started unscrewing the smallest stand from the rest of the stand. Once I had it off, I turned it upside down. I was thrilled with this new use! I had found the base of my utensil caddy.

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Now it was time to make it pretty!

I decided to sand down the wood and restain it Dark Walnut.

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Then I spray painted the cans a pretty gold.

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To disguise the look of the cans a bit more I used scrap paper (like I did with my coffee can upcycle) to cover the ridges. I seem to keep eeking projects out of scraps of paper most people would have tossed by now. #paperhoarder

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Then I just used a little putty to secure the cans to the base to keep them secure.

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Filled with forks, knives, spoons, and napkins this is now the perfect addition to my sunroom emerald and gold table. I might have matched it on purpose.:)

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If you are loving upcycles like me, here are a few more for ya.

Are you into upcycling? Have you turned trash or scraps around your home into something beautiful and usable?

PS: Don’t have the upside down plant stand? You can still make this! I suggest looking around your house for scrap wood or something else that could work. Or you could buy a wooden circle plaque and then use a wooden candle stick, newel post, or just round wooden stick and screw it to the plaque.

My Fox TV Spring Cleaning Segments

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m here with a special bonus post today! I was honored to be on Fox morning news to do not one but TWO segments for Hometalk’s spring cleaning campaign.

I did one a couple of weeks ago on Daytime Blue Ridge so it was fun to talk about the same topic in a different way with a new host.

PLUS Bob Grebe pretended to be a ceiling fan that I cleaned. That in and of itself is probably enough to get you to press play.

Thanks for everyone who has been so supportive in my fun little TV segments. I’ve been having such a blast!

Congratulation on getting another tv segment! You just might have your own show before you know it. :)

Thanks so much Paula! Haha. I think I’m far away from my own TV show but one can dream!

Yay! Lovin’ all your tips! You’re a natural Megan! Funny he just had to be the fan blade. Pillow case. Genuis idea…btw!

You are so sweet Therese! Thank you! Wasn’t that hilarious when he wanted to be the ceiling fan?! I had a hard time not busting out laughing!!

A Test: Acrylic Versus Craft Paint

I’m back today with a fun guest post over at Teal & Lime. This month I did a test comparing acrylic paint versus craft paint.

As part of the test I painted three mediums:

  • canvas
  • card stock
  • wood

I showed you how I painted the canvases earlier this week.

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Today I want to share more details on how I performed the card stock and wood tests.

Painting Wooden Whales

For the wood I chose these adorable wooden whales.

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Then I used a blue metallic blue paint in both acrylic and craft paint.

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Painting a Wooden Whale with Craft and Acrylic Paint | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

They are just so cute! I couldn’t help but pick these as my test samples.

The Card Stock Test

Next up was the card stock test.

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I chose four pretty shades in both types of paint and just did a simple block pattern.

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These were so simple to do and fun to make! I might even stick them behind a frame and put them around the house. For now I’ve used washi tape to put them on the wall.

Make sure to check out my post over on Teal & Lime to see the results of my acrylic versus craft paint test!

Headed over to see the results…

Thanks Paula!

Hi Megan, thanks for doing all the testing for me!! I think I get so overwhelmed with all the paint options, I just don’t know where to start. Now I can look back at your article here and on Teal and Lime and see what you did!

Hi Nicole! I am so glad that you found this helpful! It can get overwhelming – I agree. But now perhaps one part is a little simpler!