Sophia Pillow Cover

Sophia Pillowcase

Two springs ago, I spotted the Ikea Klippan sofa in Leaby yellow and became obsessed. As pre-qualifier exam stress took over my life, I used my (rare) free time to search Craigslist for the couch in question. While I didn’t find a Leaby yellow sofa, I did find a black version going for a song. Even though I’d spent the whole day in my pjs, I convinced my roommate that the sofa would fit in her car, possibly with me taking the bus home in my pjs.

Sofa acquired and exams over, I was rummaging through my stash when I found this Alexander Henry Sophia fabric. I’d purchased it the year before from Grey’s Fabric to make a skirt. But I was never sold on the idea of a light colored skirt–and the sofa looked so lonely with out pillows. So I drafted a pattern for envelope pillow covers based on the pattern in Diana Rupp’s “Sew Everything Workshop”. The pillows are from Ikea–they originally had navy blue covers.

There isn’t much to say about this project. I drafted a single rectangle that was slightly larger than the pillow for the front and two overlapping rectangles for the back. If I could do it again, I would have used a zipper instead of the envelope closure. Not only is it hard to remove the pillows, the closer tends to bulge open. Luckily, you can’t see the back when the pillows are sitting on the couch.


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