i don't know about you, but i love changing up my decor, and pillows seem to be one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do so. pillows are also such a great way to add pops of color and pattern that wouldn't otherwise be in a room. i took a few sewing classes in college, they were fun and i learned so much. in my home decor class we learned to make envelope pillow covers. i love these, they are simple to make and slip on and off easily, allowing you to change them up as often as you like as well as wash them when they get dirty (a huge plus in my book!).
i also like being able to buy good pillow forms (a lot of times joann's has them on sale or you can use a coupon. i've also bought them from fabric.com and have been really happy.) and then find fabric i love and make my own. it's usually so much cheaper, plus i get exactly what i want.
did i mention they are easy? like, super, super easy? like you can make them in 10-20 minutes easy?
even if you don't think you can sew, i promise you can make these! all it takes is a tiny bit of math and sewing four straight lines. that's it!
(this is how big you will need to cut your fabric. if you don't have enough fabric you can add some to the ends, they will be hidden in the back.)
(woops, typo! i said "so" twice :)
did that make sense? hope so. if not ask away, and i'll try to answer any questions.
now go and add some color to your house! it will lift your spirits and ward off any winter blues, promise :)
++ update ++
here is what the back looks like, the ends come together to overlap about 4 or 5 inches, more or less depending on how much fabric you have though. i've made some pillow covers that didn't quite have enough fabric, so the edges don't overlap all of the way, but it always works out somehow :)