I’ve been pinning cute monogram pillows on Pinterest for months, and my pillow predicament inspired me to actually make one.
I loved the yellow and cream chevron material I used to recover my bar stools, and since I had some left over I thought it would look great covering a pillow on my couch. Several of the DIY pillow projects I’d seen online used felt for the monogram, so I picked up a coordinating piece of felt.
Then, I invited Emily to town under the pretenses of a Young House Love book signing, and asked her to pack her sewing machine. I do not know how to use a sewing machine, let alone own one. Fortunately my crafty family is usually willing to help me out.
Emily measured the size of the square pillow we were using as a base, and leaving an extra quarter edge around the edge for seams, cut out the front of the pillow.
Since this pillow would have an obvious front side with the monogram we decided to make the back a pocket. It would be a little easier than sewing in a zipper, but would still be removable. With my sixteen month old daughter around, spills are inevitable, and I prefer decor I can launder. We wanted the pocket to be at least six inches deep, so Em took the measurement for the front of the pillow, divided it in two, and then added six inches. She then hemmed the outer edge of the pocket pieces.
Meanwhile I found a font I liked, and printed out a large letter P. I then traced the letter onto my piece felt, and cut it out. Emily pointed out that if I traced it backward, the ink from the pen would be on the back, and I wouldn’t have to worry about cutting off every pen stroke. She’s a smart one, my sister. Also, she didn’t gripe about the vastly unequal division of labor.
Em centered the letter in the middle of the front panel, and sewed into place.
After that she pinned the three panels together, wrong side out, and sewed them together. I may have fetched a Diet Coke. The pillow fit inside perfectly.
The finish product looks great on my couch, especially next to the crocheted pillow cover Emily made for me.