At the beginning of December, in a tiny lull between PhD ornaments, I decided to take a little bit of “selfish sewing” time for myself and make a new pillow cover for a small rectangular pillow that I have in our living room for myself.
This particular pillow was originally in my daughter’s nursery, and it fits behind my back just perfectly to keep me comfortable when I’m sitting on the couch. Even though I’ve wanted to make a (more than one, really!) new cover for it, I just haven’t in all of this time! Now that our house is decorated for Christmas (for at least the second or third year since that pillow stopped being used on the nursery rocking chair…ha!), I decided it really was time.
I love the “pattern” for the pillow covers I made for my daughter and son’s nurseries (my son’s is still on the rocking chair)– a pieced strip between two solid strips. I’ve made two of them already, and I still hadn’t written down those silly measurements! Now there is a sticky note in my home decor pattern binder for the next time I make one. Phew!
As I thought about what fabrics to use for my Christmas pillow cover, I remembered that I have a bag of strips left from making my quilted tree skirt (finished in 2007!). I pieced them straight-up-and-down across the central strip (rather than improv/wonky shapes) to mimic the tree skirt, which still graces our tree. I added some strips of red fine-wale corduroy that was handed down to me from a friend, and voila! The pillow only took a couple hours to complete (those strips are quite narrow, so piecing them wasn’t super quick ;-))
How long do you think it will be until I make another cover for this pillow?!