Sewing Tutorial: Dual Sided Pillows

Yesterday, I shared how I updated our bed by sewing some dual sided pillows.  I made some for the guestroom last month too.  I love that I can change the look of the room with the flip of a pillow, rather than having to actually change anything.

I usually sew envelope pillow covers, but those don’t look so good when you try to turn them around.  So  I thought this two fold-over style pillow would work better.  They’re very easy two sew – just a few straight lines!

Step 1: Start with two rectangles, about 6 inches longer than what you need for your pillow.  I usually just eyeball this part to be honest.
 Step 2: Measure out the section you’ll use for the fold over.  Fold over that extra part and pin WRONG SIDES TOGETHER!
 Step 3: Rinse and Repeat
 Step 4: Make a fabric sandwich! Place both your piece of fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and pin.  Both folded edges should be toward the top.  You should be able to see the right side of each folded over panel on the outside of your fabric sandwich.
 Step 5: Now sew down one long side, making sure to back-stitch at the edges.  Do this for the short side and the other long side.  DON’T sew the short side where you made the folds.  Bonus points for flooring the sewing machine pedal.  (It’s how I’ve sewn since I was a little girl just sewing lines on scrap fabric, much to my grandmother’s horror.)
 Step 6: Turn your pillow case right side out, making sure to turn the corners nicely.
 Step 7: Now shove, shimmy, and shake your pillow into its new cover.  Decide which side you want in the front today and tuck the pillow under the flap of that side. (Switch this when you switch your front side.  Or don’t. I won’t tell you not to rebel against neat and tidy pillows.)

Ta-da, you did it!  Step back and admire your work.  Now go sew the other one, or your bed will look funny with just one colorful pillow.

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6 thoughts on “Sewing Tutorial: Dual Sided Pillows

    • Ahh, wouldn’t a craft room be nice. Maybe both of us can just put your cute printable in a frame next to our crafting spot. That would make it feel more like a “craft room” right?

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