I really enjoy decorating for fall. Last fall I made some envelope pillow cases which were still on the pillows in my living room. Even though I made them for fall they are pretty neutral colors so they work for all year round.
When fall came around this year I could have just continued to use what I had but I really wanted something different and even a little more fall looking.
So I went to the fabric store and picked our some cotton fabrics and some burlap.
To start with I cut out pieces of burlap to cover the four largest pillows I have which are about 20″ and 16″ square.
To give them a more fall look I wanted to add leaves and pumpkin shapes to the pillowcases. To test out sizes and shapes I used my silhouette portrait to cut paper samples.
Once I decided which shapes I wanted to used and how big to make them I I figured out which fabrics I wanted to use. Since I was using my silhouette I had to prep the fabrics before I could cut them. To prep the fabric I ironed on a square of double sides fusible interfacing to the wrong side.
Then I peeled off the paper backing and stuck the fabric onto the cutting mat. With the interfacing on the fabric it holds really well onto the sticky mat.
I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to cut out the curvy shapes with the silhouette.
After I cut out all the shapes I placed them on the burlap and moved them around until I liked their placement.
Since the fabrics already had fusible interfacing all I had to do was iron the shapes to the burlap.
Before I started I knew I wasn’t intending to wash these cases very often. I understand that burlap doesn’t really wash well or easily. Although I didn’t need to finish the edges since they were glued down the just looked a little unfinished. At first I attempted a satin stitch on a sample cut out but it didn’t work well with all the curves and corners. Instead I just went with a straight stitch in a matching color close to the edges.
After the fronts of the burlap pillows were done I just assembled them like any other envelope pillow. I did use my serger in an attempt to keep the seams and edges from raveling.
With the burlap cases complete I cut out fabric for the rest of the pillow cases.
For some of the fabrics that had a pattern I just cut out following the lines of the pattern.
Here’s the rest of pillow cases all piled up and inside out.
After all the cases were done I put them on the pillows and set them all out in the living room.
I’ve even brought out my fall decor and flowers as well.
I really love how the pillowcases turned out and how they look on the couches.
Here’s some more close ups of all the burlap pillow cases.
I enjoyed doing something to change up this room a bit and make it a little more fall looking.
Is anyone else changing up some pillow cases for fall?