Christmas Slip Covers Tutorial

I’ve realized lately that I am a very functional blog post namer.  I try to come up with something cute but I always end up with a name that literally tells what I’m about to do.  Oh well!

Christmas Pillow Slip Cover Tutorial

Anyway, welcome to anyone who is here reading for the Sew McCool’s 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge!

In this post, I’m going to show you a fun Christmas tutorial!! How to make slip covers for your couch pillow to add a little hoiday charm to your living room.  I guess it would really be adding a little more holiday charm, since, you know, there’s usually a very large tree in the living room also.

Anyway, the beautiful thing about slip covers is that you can slide them over whatever pillows you have, without even taken the covers off of the them.  Then, when the holidays are over, un-slip cover them and voila! Your couch is back to normal!

So let’s begin!

First, I’m going to go through making a simple slip cover.  After that, I’ll show you how I did all the detail pillows!

Materials! You are going to need:

  • A couple yards of fabric (I bought two yards of muslin for the sparkly pillow and the chalkboard pillow and had tons left over. I bought 1/2 yard of red for the Santa pillow and had just a little left over and I had the plaid fabric in my stash)
  • Matching threads
  • Fabric Paint in black and white (for chalkboard pillow and black for Santa’s Belt)
  • Glitter ribbon (for Glitter pillow and Santa’s belt)

For the Basic Pillow Slip Cover

First measure the pillow you are going to cover. The pillow I have here is 16″ x 16″.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Now you are going to cut out one square of fabric that is the measurement of your pillow, so 16″ x 16″.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

For the back, you are  going to have to do a little simple math.  Because the back is going to over lap in the center, you are going to have to cut two pieces with an added 2″.  So first you divide one side in half.  Half of 16 is 8.  Then you add 2″. So for my pillow we are up to 10″. Here I added 1/2 so I could have a little seam allowance to make a double fold for the open side, so that brings it up to 10 1/2″.

That means, my I will cut two 16″ x 10 1/2″ squares.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Now you are going to finish the edges of the opening of your over lapping back pieces.  On one of the 16″ sides, I fold once by 1/4″ and then again by 1/4″ and then sew down that edge. Repeat with the remaining back piece (in mirror image if you used a fabric with a obvious right and wrong side).

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Now you are going to lay your square piece down first, with right side up. Then, lay one back panel down (with right side facing the right of pillow front).  Align raw edges of panel.  The finished edge will be in the center.  Lay the other panel on the other side in the same manner, as shown in the picture below.  Pin and sew around the outside of the square, about 1/4″ from the edge.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Clip your corners and turn right side out and you are done with a basic slip cover!! This is what I used to make the plaid pillow.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Glitter Pillow

Cut out the squares as per the basic slip cover instructions.

Now cut lots of glitter ribbon to the width of you pillow front.  In this case, 16″.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Once you have cut enough ribbon to cover the whole pillow front, go to your sewing machine.

Lay your first piece right along the raw edge and stitch close to the edge.

Overlap your second piece and stitch on the edge of ribbon, making sure to catch the edge of first ribbon in the stitching.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

I didn’t use any pins during this process, which made it go a lot faster!

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Continue on with this process until the whole pillow is covered.  It doesn’t have to be perfect! I would stop every so often to check if my ribbons were straight.  If they were a little off, I would sew the next few leaning the other way to correct it.

When your done, you will need to trim the ribbon edges before attaching the back. The picture below is my untrimmed front.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Attach the back as the basic instructions say! And done with pillow number two!!

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Santa Pillow

Again cut out the pillow pieces out of red fabric as the original instructions say.

Lay your front piece out flat.  Find the center and make a 2″ wide band on the center front.

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Use painters tape to mark off the center so you will have a nice clean paint line.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Paint inside the lines. Remove the tape before the paint gets to dry so that it doesn’t get stuck.

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Allow time for the paint to dry.  I allowed 24 hours but I think the back of the paint said 4 hours would be plenty.  Just being safe 😉

After it’s dry, we are going to make the belt!

First, decide how wide you want the belt to be.  I wanted 3″ in the center so, because my ribbon was about an 1″ thick, I cut out two 5″ pieces of ribbon.  Center them over the belt (I went about 14/” above and below the belt’s edge). Pin them in place,

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Once the first two pieces are pinned, cut ribbon to the right length to fill in the sides.  I didn’t measure this, I just layed the ribbon in and cut.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Pin these pieces in place.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Stitch around the inner and outer edges to finish the belt!

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Now sew the pillow backs to the front, clip corners and turn right side out and you are done again!!

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Chalkboard Pillow

And now for my favorite pillow.

You are going to cut the pillow pieces out to your pillow size.  I did a long pillow on this.  I can’t remember exactly but I think it was 8″x13″.

Lay out your pillow front.  First you are going to pain the whole thing black with the black fabric paint.  Then you are going to go back in with the white and whiten some of the areas up (before the black is totally dry) to make it look like the chalkboard has been written on before.

Here is a link to a time lapse video of me painting my cover.  Wordpress wont let me post it on my blog :/

Now let this dry.  Again, I did 24 hours and this time it might actually take that amount of time since there is a lot of paint.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Now I went in with pencil and sketched my “Happy Holiday” design.  Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect.  You use your own handwriting on a real chalfboard so use your best handwriting on the pillow and it will look great!

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Once your pencil sketch is done, take a thin paint brush and white paint and start painting. I actually don’t have any picture of the painting process because it was not very interesting.  just me painting over the light pencil drawings I had made.

I added dots around the words to look like snow flakes.  Then I let this dry.  It didn’t take very long, maybe 20 minutes since it wasn’t a thick layer of paint.

I then attached the front and back as the original instructions said.  Put my pillow in it and DONE!!!!

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That’s all of the pillows!!

Here is a picture of the pillow inside the slip cover.  As you can see, I didn’t take the original slip cover off of the pillow.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Also, I wrote the dimensions on the pillow inside in permanent marker so that I will know which pillow to put them on next year.

Christmas Slip Cover Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

That’s all for today! Thank you all for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Next week, I will be posting the tutorial for Molly’s shirt! To get a better view, check this post out!

Molly on Couch with Pillows

This post is a part of Sew McCool’s 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge! You can pop over there and see all of the tutorials and when the blog tour is done, you can vote on your favorite Holiday tutorial!

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Don’t forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 – just in time for Christmas!
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Sweatshirt Pants

This is going to be the fastest, pseudo tutorial that you have ever seen!

Sweatshirt Pants by Ginger House Designs

I get piles of hand-me-downs from neighbors and I love it.  Some hand-me-downs are for Molly and some for me.  I’ve gotten some great things that way! But the things that don’t look good on me or aren’t my style go into the fabric drawers, awaiting new life.

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And then, one of the sweatshirts finally got it’s new life, as sweat(shirt) pants!

Sweatshirt Pants by Ginger House Designs

The shirt she is wearing with them is a self drafted shirt from the Harry Potter outfit I made back in January.  The sleeves are getting a little short now but, hey, they are 3/4 length, right?

Sweatshirt Pants by Ginger House Designs

So here’s my quick little how-to on the pants! (And I somehow only took one picture so hopefully the explanation will be good! Sorry, I’ll have better tutorials up very soon!!!)

Lay the sweatshirt out so that the arms are flat and even.  I used the already sewn arm sleeves so that the only seam I had to sew was the seat of the pants.  Fold the legging pattern (I’m using, as always, the Oliver + S playtime leggings) in half and aline the fold of pattern with the fold of the sleeve (not the fold with the arm seam). Match the bottom sleeve (or take a little off the bottom for a perfect fit since it wont be hemmed at the end).

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Cut along the outmost lines of the seat of the leggings pattern first, as shown in the picture.

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Then, carefully, cut the front part of leggings to match your pattern.  I eyeballed it and cut as close as possible.  Now, cut the back of the legging to match the back of the leggings curve, again eyeballing it to match the back curve as well as possible.  Now use this cut out leg as the pattern piece to cut the leg out of the second sleeve.

Align the cut out sleeve with the non-cut sleeve, aligning the bottoms and folded edge (you will need to do this one mirror image).  Cut the edges to match the top edges (front and back) of the first pair (remembering that it needs to be mirror image).

Then finish sewing the leggings as per the instructions, picking up at sewing the seat of the leggings!

Supper easy, right?!

Sweatshirt Pant by Ginger House Designs

And on another note: How funny are these pictures? I’ve mentioned before about how difficult Molly can be to take pictures of, or to get to model, I guess and this was no exception.  It seems like every photo shoot is full of 2 year old stubbornness. She plays fine until a camera comes out and then suddenly, she needs to be held and wont smile and wont look!  So for this one, we just let her play with a kettle full of water and a mug! At least it worked, right?

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Halloween Costume: Sofia the First Emerson Dress

Sofia the First Halloween Costume by Ginger House Designs

While Molly was watching Sofia recently, I realized that the lines on the Emerson Dress would be perfect to make a Sofia dress! Molly loves Sofia (she might like My Little Ponies a bit more now but still) and so I knew she would love having a Sofia costume.  She might never take it off! (Seriously though, it took me a few days to get it on her with a lot of screaming and frustration and then once it went on, her smile made it all worth it.  And she wouldn’t take it off haha! Go figure.)

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There are only a few differences between what the pattern calls for and what you need to make your own Sofia Princess Costume!  I’ll show you what I did!

Let’s begin, shall we?

Sofia Dress Tutorial from Ginger House Designs

You will need (beside the Emerson Dress Pattern and the materials called for in the Pattern)

  • Purple fabric (I got this from Joann’s for about $4 a yard! For my size 2, I think I got about 1 1/2 yards of fabric and had lots left over)
  • Some sort of pom-poms to put in the bodice and on the sleeves.  I got this by the yard from Joann’s (actually it’s all from Joann’s. This could be an add for Joann’s… It’s not though) I bought 2 yards but you might want at least three if you want to continue the skirt pom poms onto the back.
  • White fabric- just enough to cut the skirt portion again.  I used some old muslin fabric that I had hanging around.
  • Emerson-Sofia Sleeves (which I have included for free as an add on to the Emerson! Just click on the the link.) You could also use the sleeve that comes with the Emerson pattern for a different look. It is a kids costume, it doesn’t have to be an exact replica!
  • Purple Ribbon for the under skirt.

The only thing that you will cut different from the pattern is the skirt.  I decided to add 2″ (4″ total when it’s opened) so that skirt will have a bit more fullness. Then I also cut the skirt piece the same way again on the white fabric.

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Assemble the bodice in the same manner as the directions call for, omitting ruffle and using pom pom string instead. (I experimented a lot with the best way to sew on the pom pom strand and for me, I liked using the walking foot.  Play around with scraps before you sew on your good fabric!)  Once you have your main fabric bodice and your lining bodice assembled, gather the sleeve piece to fit the arm hole of the main fabric bodice.  Baste it in place.  Lay the lining bodice over top of the main fabric bodice and pin and sew as instructed in the pattern, being careful to keep the sleeve out of the neck stitching.

Sewing the under arms is a little different than instructed. You will now treat the lining and main fabric piece as one.  With right sides together, pin the sleeves and underarms and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance.  This seam will be exposed.  I chose to trim it down and zig zag over the edge as shown in the photo below.

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And here is what the top will look like from the front.

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Next, we are going to hem the arms.  Sew a line 1/4″ from the edge.  Use that line to fold in 1/4″ and sew again about 1/16″ away form the edge.

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To attach the pom pom string, I hand basted them to the right side of fabric with the pom pom part facing towards the bodice.  Then I turned the basted part under, enclosing the raw edge and hand stitched around the opening to finish.  For me, hand stitching was the easiest way.  For you, you might like to do it on the machine.  I love hand stitching, but I’ll get into that later.

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Now we are moving onto the skirt.

First thing I did is arrange the pom pom string onto the skirt until it looked good and then pin it in place (making sure stop the top a little lower than 1/2″ so it doesn’t get caught in stitching when you sew the skirt to the bodice).

Sofia Costume Tutorial by Ginger House Designs

Then I hand basted it to hold it in place and machine sewed it on with a straight stitch to finish.  As I said, I didn’t have enough to finish the design around to the back, but if you want to put it on the back, make sure you account enough space for the bias placket.

For the back of the skirt, create the bias bound placket as said in the instructions, the only difference is to layer the purple and the white and use them as one piece.

When you sew the side seams of the skirt, sew the purple front to the purple back and the white front to the white back so that they will act as separate skirt pieces. Align the side seams and center notches and run the gathering stitches over both layers of fabric and then gather and sew to bodice, treating the bodice piece as one piece of fabric.  You will have an exposed seam here.  Again I trimmed the seam allowance and zig zag stitched the edge, then pressed the seam towards the bodice and top stitched it in place.

Next, hem the bottom of the white skirt.  Then hem the bottom of the purple skirt.

Now on Sofia’s dress, there are scallops which are actually cut from the fabric however in this version, I took inspiration from that and used elastic to make gathered scallops. (I didn’t do the back, but I plan to finish the scallops onto the back before Halloween).

First, mark how wide you want your scallops.  This is sort of a guessing game.  I choose to make mine 7″ out from the center on each side.

Sofia Costume Tutorial from Ginger House Designs

Then, I chose to have mine start 7 1/2″ up from the bottom edge (and I marked a finishing line 1/2″ so that on each side, I would stop at the same place)

Sofia Costume Tutorial from Ginger House Designs And then, I cut 2 strips of elastic 4″ long.

Sofia Costume Tutorial from Ginger House Designs

Next, go to your sewing machine and line up the top of the elastic with the top of you marked line. Note that you are only sewing on the purple fabric, not the white.  I used a straight stitch for this.  Take a stitch or two and then backstitch to hold the elastic in place.  After to do that, start pulling the elastic.  I found it best to use my other hand to help guide the fabric through the machine.  I also found it helpful to end with my needle down.  Just a few things I think helped out 🙂

Sofia Costume Tutorial from Ginger House Designs

 

Really pull the elastic to make the fabric gather up nicely.  You will see the fabric behind the presser foot gathering!

Sofia Costume Tutorial from Ginger House Designs

Continue pulling and sewing to the bottom of the line where you marked the end point.  Take a couple of backstitches.  And your scallops are done!  Here is where we are now:

Sofia Costume Tutorial from Ginger House Designs

Now for the finishing touches!  Sofia has a purple ribbon on the white part of her skirt.  (I’m sure you noticed that I chose to leave out the white designs on the scallops of her dress.  I just don’t like those so I left them off haha! You can of course include them if you want.)

Starting at the side seam, pin the ribbon evenly around the dress, aligning or slightly overlapping the ribbon with the hem stitches.  When you get back to where you started, overlap the edges and fold under a little tab of ribbon for a nice clean finish.

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Topstitch around top of ribbon and then topstitch around bottom edge of ribbon.  I actually chose to hand sew this.  Because I’m a handsewing addict.  Seriously.

Anyway, you’re done!! Yay!!

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Sofia Halloween Costume by Ginger House Designs

Singing like Rapunzel

Sofia Halloween Costume by Ginger House Designs