27
Jan

When the Christmas and New Year holidays are over, there is a bit of a letdown for many of us so it is nice to think about hearts, chocolate and flowers a few weeks later. Colors of red and pink add cheerfulness to our homes as the winter slowly makes its way to spring.

One of our recent Christmas projects featured a very easy and decorative pillow sleeve that turns an existing pillow into a seasonal accessory. We have used that idea here to add a romantic Valentine theme to our rooms.

To make your own pillow sleeve, measure your pillow from top to bottom or side-to-side, depending on how you want to wrap your pillow. Add 1ʺ to the measurement for the seam allowance. When determining the width for your sleeve, allow the existing pillow to create a self-border either on the sides or on the top and bottom. See project photo. 

Cut two fabric pieces to the measurements above. Download and print our template, or create a motif of your own design. Cut out shapes and appliqué to the pillow sleeve front using close zigzag stitches. We also added Babyville ribbon to our pillow sleeve design so use your own imagination and add ribbon, charms, buttons or other embellishments to your sleeve. Tip - apply a little fabric glue to the backs of the appliqués and other embellishments to hold them in place while stitching.

With right sides together, stitch sleeve front to back at top and bottom edges or on each side, depending on the direction of the sleeve, using a ½ʺ seam allowance.

Turn to right side and encase the raw edges with fold over elastic, or turn the raw edges under and topstitch. 

Voilà!! Now you have a delightful Valentine accessory for your home, and it only took a few minutes to create.  Have fun with this project and enjoy your Valentine’s Day!  

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