DIY: Mexican Envelope Pillow Covers. No Sewing!
DIY envelope pillow cover project. The best part, you don’t need to sew anything!
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My abuelita is a wise, independent and powerful woman. It was not always like that. Circumstances in her life made her what she is right now. When my abuelito left her (with 12 kids!) she was heartbroken. She cried for days, but when she realized she had no job, no money and no one to ask for help, she took what little money she had left, bought a few pieces of fabric and started selling them door to door to buy food for her kids. She was an entrepreneur, an amazing woman and my inspiration.
Probably because of that story, and because I always see her sewing and embroidering things, fabric had a special meaning for me. My mother learned from her mom, and she taught me and my sister how to sew. We are those kind of girls that can’t live with just one pair of pillows for more than 3 months, we need to make new ones all the time, just like my abuelita.
So, a few months ago I went to Mexico and saw my mom, she gave me a pair of hand embroidered pillow cases for the bedroom that my abuelita sent me. I cherish them, because when I see them it’s like I’m seeing these amazing women that I love so much and miss every day.
When I heard that Orgullosa® launched a video series featuring four inspiring bicultural Latinas: Dascha Polanco (actress, OITNB), Jeannette Kaplun (founder, HispanaGlobal.com), Laura Gomez (tech entrepreneur) and María Teresa Kumar (President & CEO, Voto Latino), I couldn’t help but think of my abuelita, my mother, my sister and how proud I am being part of their family and being able to share cool things, like sewing tips!
My sister brought me this fabric from Mexico last time she visited me in California. I saw it the other day and knew exactly what I wanted to make with it into, new pillows!
This is a DIY envelope pillow cover project. The best part, you don’t need to sew anything!
- Fabric Glue
- An old ugly pillow
1. Start by cutting the fabric. Measure the pillow and cut a square of fabric, the size of the pillow plus 4 inches on each side. Then cut two rectangles. These rectangles should be like if you cut a square in half, but adding 8 extra inches on one of the sides, so when you fold it it covers the whole pillow.
2. To create a cleaner look, make a hem. Fold and glue one side of both rectangles. This side will be visible when we turn the pillow over.
3. Put the square in the bottom and above the two rectangles. Glue them together. It will look like an envelope. Don’t worry if it’s an ugly and messy.
4. Let the glue dry for a few hours and when is ready, turn the pillow over. Now all the corners should look pretty.
Put the ugly pillow inside the envelope pillow cover and start enjoying your new awesome pillow!
Here is the Orgullosa® video series. I really liked feeling connected and empowered by her stories that like mine, have something unique that make me proud.
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