Some projects take me FOREVER to complete from idea to execution. I’m totally okay with that: it gives me the time to save up for projects or change my mind for the better. But sometimes, the waiting is just silly. These pillow covers were a little on the ridiculous side of that spectrum: I bought the pillow inserts from IKEA a full year ago. Because I was intimidated. But that was before I found this pillow tutorial by Vintage Revivals.


If I had known how easy these envelope pillows were to make, I wouldn’t have waited a year, I promise you. I’m sort of hooked now! I love that the envelope covers have pockets in the back so I can easily wash them (important when you have toddlers afoot), or switch them out. We have sleepovers with friends a lot (because we’re a weird sort of grown up), so I’m thinking of making some back-up covers from jersey. That’ll be a lot more comfortable on a sleeping face than the slightly scratchy home decor weight fabric that the green and purple pillows are made from.


My goal is to make enough pillows to have a ROYGBIV spectrum going on. However, I don’t have all of the colors of fabric I need, so I’m going to see what I can make with what I’ve got before I go buying things. There’s a crazy embroidery pillow project comein’ up in a few weeks, for starters.

I regret to say that I bought this fabric in 2009, so it is almost certainly discontinued. The orange giant octopi fabric is by Heather Ross, the green fabric was something I bought on clearance at Joann, and the purple camera fabric is Echino Japanese fabric by Kokka cameras and from this rad local store Urban Arts and Crafts. Kansas City area folks, you’re gonna want to check that place out.


The pillows do so much to brighten up our dark Craigslist couch and tie into the pipe bookshelves so well!

*I’m keeping it real for you all and didn’t pick up ahead of time. Legos everywhere.


One more time: this pillow tutorial by Vintage Revivals is amazeballs. You can do this, I promise.


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 3 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 and 2.