If you want to add colour to your house, pillows are one way to do that. Pillows will only look as good as the pillow case covers on them. In most cases, pillow case covers are overlooked and used for functional purposes rather than for decoration. However, pillowcases can either make or break the décor of your bedroom or living room.
Pillowcase covers are inexpensive, but you never have to buy them if you enjoy DIY projects. Matter of fact, you should never purchase pillow case covers if you are a DIY enthusiast. It is not only easy but also fun to make pillowcase covers.
Irrespective of your existing house décor, there is always a DIY pillow case cover to match. The materials you have will determine the kind of pillowcase you end up with. Below are simple DIY projects to try out at home.
- Sharpie Pillow Case Covers
Sharpies pillowcases are easy to create. All you need are sharpies, rubbing alcohol, white, and a spray bottle. When creating these covers, you need to start by coloring the pillowcases with the sharpies. You can try out as many patterns as possible to see which will match the décor in your home.
After coloring, apply the rubbing alcohol using the spray bottle. This will make the pillowcases bleed to make the colors more attractive. Be sure to do this in an open place or outside.
- French Seamed Pillowcases
This is an excellent option for those who know how to and love sewing. The pillowcase is made in such a way that it has a conspicuous French seam on the edges. This makes it attractive.
All you need are three differently printed fabrics and sewing equipment, and you are good to go. The good thing about this project is that you can choose different colors for your pillows.
- Yarn pillow case covers
If you love working with yarns, you will love these pillowcases. When done right, the pillows are cute and fit into any home’s décor. You can choose any colors of your choice to work with given that yarns come in all possible colors.
- Side Tie Cases
These are pillowcases that are designed to be tied on one end instead of the regular pillowcase fasteners. To create these beautiful pillowcases, you will need a yard of fabric (a color of your choice), a sewing machine, thread, scissors or rotary cutter. You have to know how to and love using a sewing machine to make beautiful pillowcases.
You will only need to make a plain rectangular pillowcase and then attach side ties on the open end of the pillowcase.
- Envelope Case
Envelope pillowcases look pretty whether in your bedroom or your living room. The pillowcases are created in such a way that the opening to the case is at the center of the case rectangle. This makes it easier to put on and off the case.
You can choose a fabric of any color or patterns to match the cases to your existing décor. Again, the cases are easy to make since all you are creating is a plain rectangular case with an opening at the center.
- Knotted Case
A knotted pillowcase is simple in that you do not necessarily have to sew. If you can’t sew, this is your kind of pillowcase. Here, you will only need a fabric large enough to be wrapped around your pillow and be knotted at the centre of the pillow, lengthwise.
You can choose fabrics of different colors and patterns to match your décor. The knotted case looks simple, but it adds style to your bedroom or living room.
- Napkin Pillowcase
This pillow is so called because making it is the same as folding a napkin. This pillowcase is ideal for small square pillows mostly used on couches. You will need a cloth napkin, a sewing kit, a button, and cord.
- No-Sew Pillowcase
This is an adorable pillowcase that does not need sewing. If you cannot sew, this is another excellent option besides the knotted case. Again, you can make this pillowcase in only a few minutes. You will need fabric (choose the material of your choice), iron, super hold hem tape, eyelet kit, hammer and twill ribbon.
- Recycled Shirts Pillowcase
Do you have some shirts that you may not be using? These shirts can be used to make pillowcases. If you do not know how to sew using a machine, you can backstitch using your hands.
Clean the shirts and iron them nicely just like you would if you were to wear them. If the shirt looks good, the pillowcase will look great.
- Pom-pom trim pillowcases
The pom-pom trim pillowcase is a simple pillowcase striped with pom-pom trim. This makes the pillowcase attractive. You can use this pillow for your children’s room, or you can also use it to spice up your living room. Choose appealing colors to match your room décor.
- Worded Cases
Have a quote in your head that you think should be on a pillowcase? Creating a pillowcase with a quote is one way of adding fun in your living room. To write a quote on your pillowcase, you will need a linen pillowcase or pillow, letter stencils, sharpie/fabric marker, ruler, tape and pencil.
If you do not have a linen pillowcase, you can make one that fits your pillow perfectly.
- Reversible pillowcases
Reversible pillowcases are exceptional in that they do not have a wrong side. It is like having two pillowcases in one. The good thing is, making these cases is not any different from making standard cases. The added advantage of reversing the cases makes it easy for you to show various designs at different times.
In conclusion, if you are not making pillowcases for your house, you can label them or add tags and sell them on Etsy or your website and gift them to someone. Attaching woven or printed labels on your pillow cases when selling will make them more identifiable with your brand. If you are giving them away, a tag can carry a special message.