Monday, May 25, 2015

simple does it

Last time I went to Ikea I found the squishiest rectangular pillow form ever. And since I adore both squishy and rectangular pillows, I simply had to take it home with me :).

My plan was to make a simple, low-key pillow cover. I was going for that old time-y feel so I used mostly light colored scraps plus some of the beautiful men's shirt fabric my friend Jamie sent me a while back.

I also went with a super simple backing and very minimal quilting. And, I adhered fusible fleece to both front and back panel before quilting them.

Originally I was going to install my trusty hidden zipper closure. At the last minute, though, I decided to do an invisible zipper. And I'm so glad I did. I think it fits this pillow well and I'm pretty impressed with how invisible the zipper really is.

In case you wonder about measurements, the pillow form is 16" tall x 26" wide.
I cut 25 - 3.5" x 5.5"  rectangles and the finished pillow cover measures 15" x 25" - I always make my pillow covers slightly smaller than forms as this prevents floppy, lifeless pillows :).

Thanks for reading. Svetlana


  1. I really like your choice of low volume fabrics and I especially love that backing fabric!

  2. Loving the snuggly, repurposing look of this pillow! Jxo

  3. It's a very sophisticated pillow. And thank goodness it's not sloppy and lifeless! That would never do...

  4. Can't decide which side is better! They're both great!

  5. I love the simple, soothing design. It looks like a perfect napping pillow!

  6. I LOvE, LOVE. IKEA pillow forms. So happy we have a store just a few minutes from home. Nice pillow.

  7. now I have to go to ikea to get one of these pillows!

  8. Beautiful! I have plans to make lots of new pillows. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. You picked a good choice with that squishy rectangular pillow, Svetlana! And covering it with your handmade pillow case makes it more charming and comfy. Recycling used fabrics for this purpose is truly a great idea. By the way, I've seen the other pillow cases that you've made, and I must say that I’m really impressed with your skills and taste. :-)

    Melissa Robinson @ Pillow Perfect


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