Blue Strips Pillow Cover

Here's a fun pillow cover that I made from strips of fabric pieced in angles. I purchased the pillow from IKEA. It was really cheap and came with a removable cover. Now the fabric strips is a longer story. Would you believe that this fabric started out as a jumble of long strips?

A number of years ago, I got a stash busting idea to cut all of my blue colored and calico fabric into 1.5 inch strips. I pieced all of the strips together into longer strips and then hung them like a curtain in front of an open closet. It was a fun decoration but for the last 5 to 7 years, they've been sitting, jumbled in a plastic bag in the closet. I pulled apart the strips, ironed them and hung them up on a rack, out of the way and at little risk of wrinkled.

I pieced the strips along the long edges to make a kind of "fabric". Then I cut the "fabric" at a 45 degree angles to make this new design. It was pretty improvisational. I didn't know what I wanted to end up with but I really like how it turned out. The back of the pillow has two overlapping pieces of fabric allowing the cover to be changed out as desired. 

This morning I thought of an idea for a quilt using these strips and large pieces of white fabric. So many ideas. So little time!!