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Make Reversible Holiday Slipcovers

Updated on December 23, 2017
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A Reversible Throw Pillow Slipcover for Thanksgiving and Christmas
A Reversible Throw Pillow Slipcover for Thanksgiving and Christmas | Source

Simple Seasonal Slipcovers for the Holidays


This simple method of making reversible slipcovers for every throw pillow in your house with Thanksgiving for one side and Christmas for the other makes decorating according to the seasons fast and affordable.

Present them as gifts, use them stacked behind your most festive pillows on sofas, chairs, and beds, and use them to wrap up surprises. Best of all, they are so quick to sew that you have time to make them even if you wait until you do your turkey day shopping.



Making an Easy, Reversible Slipcover


Yet, how often do we wait until the holidays are on us before we remember all of the little things we wanted to do ahead of time to prepare for decorating during the seasons we enjoy so much?

Each year we say we’ll do it next year because we’ve waited too long and we get too much on our plate to accomplish the small things that add up to make a big impact.

I made this project's slipcover in one evening and it wouldn't have taken that long except I was preparing to put this hub together. These seasonal holiday slipcovers are simple and quick projects.

Follow the step-by-step instructions in this tutorial to make your own throw pillow makeovers and decorate your beds, chairs, and couches for the seasons' changes. Be sure to check out the captions with the photos as they could answer questions you may have.


1) To make a slipcover pattern measure the length of the front and back of the pillow you want to use adding 8” to the total length and 1” to the entire width. For instance, the pillow for this tutorial is 12” x 12” so my pattern’s measurements will be 32” long and 13” wide.


2) Two pieces of fabric will be needed. One piece will be for Fall/Thanksgiving and one piece will be for Christmas.


Tip: This example uses prints that have an all over Fall/Thanksgiving and Christmas theme, but quilting solids and prints together to make a piece (or side) is just one way to change up the slipcover. Adding cross stitched centers, painting holiday designs on solid panels, and combining prints will expand your collection of seasonal slipcovers.


3) Place right sides together, pin, and sew a 1/4” seam around the four sides leaving a 4” opening on one end.


4) Turn right side out, being careful not to stretch the opening’s raw edges.


5) Neatly press edges and corners, carefully folding opening edges inward to match the seam.


6) Top stitch the end with the opening.


7) Fold ends over each other to loosely cover the pillow. Place one or two pins on one side, remove the pillow, then pin the sides together.


8) Stitch 1/8” seams to finish the sides and form a fabric envelope. These are thicker layers and require a little patience. They could also be given a neat finish by hand sewing them with decorative thread.

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1 Christmas and 1 Thanksgiving themed fabric piece sized for the pillow.Pin pieces right sides together.Sew 1/4" seam around edges leaving a 4" opening in one end.Turn slipcover right side out.Use something with a rounded end to sharpen up the turned corners.Fold open end's edges toward the inside and press, then neatly press all edges.Top stitch open end.Place throw pillow in the center of the slipcover.  Loosely fold one end approximately 2/3 over the top of the pillow.Repeat with the other side.  Do not pull the sides tightly to the pillow.Pin edge in place on one side.Slide pillow out and flatten the slipcover to finish pinning the sides, lining edges up carefully.Stitch sides closed with a 1/8" seam.Open envelope pocket.Slide pillow into envelope opening.Push pillow tightly into the opening and gently pull the bottom flap of the envelope opening out and over the pillow.Arrange pillow neatly inside the slipcover.Remove pillow and turn slipcover inside out.Open envelope flap as before.Insert pillow as before.Enjoy the slipcover for the next season.A reversible slipcover gives your décor a two-in-one seasonal dress up and they make delightful gifts!
1 Christmas and 1 Thanksgiving themed fabric piece sized for the pillow.
1 Christmas and 1 Thanksgiving themed fabric piece sized for the pillow. | Source
Pin pieces right sides together.
Pin pieces right sides together. | Source
Sew 1/4" seam around edges leaving a 4" opening in one end.
Sew 1/4" seam around edges leaving a 4" opening in one end. | Source
Turn slipcover right side out.
Turn slipcover right side out. | Source
Use something with a rounded end to sharpen up the turned corners.
Use something with a rounded end to sharpen up the turned corners. | Source
Fold open end's edges toward the inside and press, then neatly press all edges.
Fold open end's edges toward the inside and press, then neatly press all edges. | Source
Top stitch open end.
Top stitch open end. | Source
Place throw pillow in the center of the slipcover.
Place throw pillow in the center of the slipcover. | Source
Loosely fold one end approximately 2/3 over the top of the pillow.
Loosely fold one end approximately 2/3 over the top of the pillow. | Source
Repeat with the other side.  Do not pull the sides tightly to the pillow.
Repeat with the other side. Do not pull the sides tightly to the pillow. | Source
Pin edge in place on one side.
Pin edge in place on one side. | Source
Slide pillow out and flatten the slipcover to finish pinning the sides, lining edges up carefully.
Slide pillow out and flatten the slipcover to finish pinning the sides, lining edges up carefully. | Source
Stitch sides closed with a 1/8" seam.
Stitch sides closed with a 1/8" seam. | Source
Open envelope pocket.
Open envelope pocket. | Source
Slide pillow into envelope opening.
Slide pillow into envelope opening. | Source
Push pillow tightly into the opening and gently pull the bottom flap of the envelope opening out and over the pillow.
Push pillow tightly into the opening and gently pull the bottom flap of the envelope opening out and over the pillow. | Source
Arrange pillow neatly inside the slipcover.
Arrange pillow neatly inside the slipcover. | Source
Remove pillow and turn slipcover inside out.
Remove pillow and turn slipcover inside out. | Source
Open envelope flap as before.
Open envelope flap as before. | Source
Insert pillow as before.
Insert pillow as before. | Source
Enjoy the slipcover for the next season.
Enjoy the slipcover for the next season. | Source
A reversible slipcover gives your décor a two-in-one seasonal dress up and they make delightful gifts!
A reversible slipcover gives your décor a two-in-one seasonal dress up and they make delightful gifts! | Source

Would you like to have reversible pillow/cushion slipcovers for the holidays?

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Fabric and Trims for Slipcovers


My sample shown in the photos uses a fall/Thanksgiving fabric that has a homespun look to it for one side of the slipcover and a Christmas print in the wines and greens that coordinate with my living room’s color scheme for the other side.

Piecing fabrics together, as mentioned in step #2, could be an involved process that would produce an heirloom quality slipcover, especially because this project would be easy enough to hand quilt.

Using trims such as piping for the side seams would dress up the pillow I use in this example. Sewing ribbons or rickrack and even home made trims with hand embroidery on strips of fabric on top of the pieces before they are assembled would make them even dressier.

The slipcovers could be dressed to look like wrapped packages, ornaments, cards, and more. Once your imagination starts working you’ll see that the possibilities could keep you busy for a good while.

When you think about what neat gifts these could be for hostesses, coworkers, secret pals, and others you might want to be busy making them 24/7. Before you get too busy sewing these holiday delights you might want to decide how much time you are going to dedicate to them.

To give the slipcovers a real workout consider using them as gift bags. Tucking that special scarf your daughter wanted into a slipcover-turned-gift bag for the 25th of December would be a memorable gift.

Let us hear from you in the comments below if you have experience with designing unique throw pillows or if you have more ideas for making or using these. As you think through your projects keep in mind that they'll work for all seasons and think about doing reversible slipcovers for spring and summer holidays.

Keep in mind that this project could also be used with any kind of print. Making one side for tossing around in daily use and the other a little dressier for when company comes would offer a quick and easy change up. Making an assortment for other holidays is in my future, and designing some with grandchildren in mind is a sure bet for my calendar.


A Fun Pillowcase Project:

Creative Covers:

Getting Serious About Throw Pillows?


If you decide to get creative and make throw pillows on a major scale (some have developed a thriving business with them) The Pillow Book would be a great place to begin learning more about the process. With amazing patterns to follow (as well as inspire more ideas), Shannon Okey's book takes cloth artists from start to finish in beautiful ways.

More Project Hubs:

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• Holiday Gift Project: an easy baby bib gift that can be adapted for any season.

• Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue: paint patriotic gifts for kids here and here.

• Easy Crochet Project: gifts that surprise moms and delight babies with pretty edges.

• New Life for Old Furniture: painting furniture turns it into art!

Advanced Pillow/Cushion Sewing Project:

What do you think of this seasonal slipcover project?

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    jtrader:

    These are super easy to make and each side could have embroidery work, appliqués, or even be hand painted. Thanks kindly for your feedback on this sewing project!

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    jtrader 

    4 years ago

    Cool idea. I may do the reversible style next time I'm making slip covers for our chairs. Voted up and useful!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    Yes indeed, these certainly could be sewn by hand. There's even a product that presses seams together with iron on webbing. If you design and make some it would be lovely to see them.

    Thank you for coming by and leaving your feedback!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    kathleenkat:

    Thanks bunches for letting me know that this was helpful to you! I'm looking forward to designing some more of these slip covers and if I do I will post them. Would love to see what you come up with. :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    What a great idea to make reversible holiday slipcovers for pillows. I do not have a sewing machine any longer. Donated it years ago to a charity. But these could even be hand sewn! Voted up, useful, interesting and will share.

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    kathleenkat 

    6 years ago from Bellingham, WA

    In all my time making things, I have never once thought to do reversible pillow cases! I think I have found my next project... (thanks for posting on how to make it without any fabric edges showing; has always stumped me!)

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    vocalcoach:

    It couldn't hurt to make a practice slipcover out of everyday fabric before making your holiday designs! I have some more ideas for these and hope to get the time to post them in the fall. Maybe we'll get to see your designs? :)

    Your input here is very much appreciated--thank you!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Well - If I start practicing now on these pillow covers, I might have some ready by Christmas:) I just love the idea of one pattern on one side and another on the other side. Very clever and most useful. I'm getting excited just visualizing how my own pillows will turn out. Love it! Voted up and useful and awesome plus sharing.

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    lindacee:

    The neat thing about this sewing project is that it is so easily adapted to any holiday and any room's theme. I don't know why I didn't include the idea of using this reversible pattern to make one side for every day use and the other side for a quick change when company comes, but I'll go back into the hub with it now that I have thought of it.

    You can do this, I'm sure. Thanks much for letting me hear from you on this tutorial!

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    lindacee 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    What a great way to bring the holidays into the home! Sure beats paying the high prices of ready made holiday pillows -- and they're not even reversible. I enjoyed your easy-to-follow steps -- I think I can even handle this project! Up and useful!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Rhelena:

    Thanks bunches for your input on this tutorial. It really is a fast, simple pattern for slipcovers and I hope you do get to make some in the future.

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    Rhelena 

    6 years ago

    Nice tutorial! I haven't sewn in quite a while, but I wouldn't mind making one of these. Bookmarked for future use. :)

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    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    teaches12345:

    I'm glad to know you like the idea! Hope you get to use this slipcover pattern soon. :) Thanks for coming by!

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    I would love to have some of these. I know some people who would love to have these for the holidays. Great share.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    picklesandrufus:

    Why thank you! I hope to use this slipcover idea for other seasonal holidays and make the most of trims on them. If I do, I'll post more examples. Would love to see yours!

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    picklesandrufus 

    6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    What a nicely detailed and thorough hub!! Very useful and even though I am not thinking about the holidays, you are right, it is good to start now. Vote up and useful

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    Pamela99:

    When I make my next slipcover I want to time how long it takes from the first step to the last and post it in this hub. I almost called this a 1 hour project.

    Thanks much for coming by and letting me hear from you!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I think this is such a clever idea to add to the holiday décor, plus it doesn't look too difficult either. Up and useful.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    6 years ago from the short journey

    rebeccamealey:

    The fabrics are just beautiful, aren't they? :)

    This is the easiest of projects ever, and yet we could embellish them in so many ways. I hope you get to use this slipcover idea some time!

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I'm not much of a seamstress but these look pretty easy. I like the idea of having them around for the holidays. I always love all the holiday cloth I see in department stores.

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