Summer Vine Print + DIY Pocket Pillow Covers

By Kate Riley February 5, 2020

This new fabric was designed as a climbing vine with meandering leaves that stretch up to the sunlight. The print features sketched leaves on a climbing vine and I just released it! May I introduce you to my newest pattern: Summer Vine.

It’s been a few years since I shared the steps I use to make pocket pillow covers (no zipper). Once you master this easy technique you can make new pillow covers for every season!


This method works for any square or rectangular pillow. I believe it’s better to sew the cover it a little loose the first time, you can always go back and tighten up corners and seams later.

You need a piece of fabric wide enough to wrap around your pillow insert with a few extra inches to overlap on the back and form the pocket opening. For example, if your pillow insert is 20”, you’ll want to cut a piece of fabric that measures approximately 48” wide (sides 3 and 4).  Those extra eight inches allow for fullness and to wrap around the pillow to form the overlapping pocket. Sides 1 and 2 should be cut to 22” in length, allowing an inch of extra fabric around the top and bottom of the pillow.

First, hem the edges of sides 1 and 2 so your rear pocket opening has a clean edge.


Next, turn the fabric upside down so the pattern is facing down. Lay the pillow insert on top and wrap the rectangular piece of fabric around. Determine the overlap for your pocket. Remove the pillow insert and while the fabric is still turned inside out, pin the top and bottom of the pocket opening.


Before I sew the cover, I like to lay the pillow insert on top once more to confirm the placement of the seams for sides 3 and 4 so I know when I’m done they will be the right size for the pillow cover.


While the fabric is inside out, sew sides 3 and 4 to form the pocket. That’s it, you’re done! Turn the pillow cover inside out and stuff it with the pillow insert. If it’s too loose, tighten up and edges or corners with the sewing machine.



My Summer Vine fabric is available in eight colors! Five have a solid background, olive, ebony, taupe, apricot, and azure…

… and there are three watercolors hues available too!


Find all eight colors available as fabric and wallpaper in the Summer Vine Collection in my Spoonflower shop. You can also have these fabrics made into various home goods at Roostery.

I love Ebony as wallpaper.


Watercolor Azure is beautiful made as a sheet set.


The taupe colorway makes a lovely neutral duvet cover.


Watercolor Apricot is perfect as a spring tablecloth or table runner.


And I so love the Watercolor Olive print as placemats or dinner napkins.

I’ll be sharing more patterns later this year! And I know some of you are interested in a tutorial on how to make repeating patterns so I’ll put together a post on that soon.

Weekend Reading 2.2.20

By Kate Riley February 2, 2020

Today is exciting for those of us in Northern California with the 49ers playing in the Superbowl! I’ll be spending my afternoon cheering them on! Other than today’s sporting event, I’ll come right out and say February is my least favorite month. By this time each year, I’m so over winter and anxious for spring to arrive.

I’m taking off on a 48 hour getaway to Palm Springs next week with my cousin! I’ll be biking around town taking pictures of iconic architecture and enjoying that sunny desert hot spot. It’s a much needed escape after sitting at home enduring winter weather! Who else out there is ready for spring?

Favorite links from the week:

Anthropologie’s 2020 spring collection is out, plenty of boho chic looks as you’d expect!

If you love color and movement, you’ll really love this beautiful backsplash.

Dark plank walls + natural stain vanity, yes please.

Got big ideas? Like to make lists? Paint a dry erase board on your wall.

“Push, pull, squat, and hinge”: the minimalist strength workout using only five movements.

“Stick your elbows out a little more” and other travel insights by Megan Rapinoe.

65 successful women on the influential book they always recommend.

Let kids follow their passions and dreams! I loved reading this heartwarming story.

“Keep a picture of your young, precious, perfect, untamed self close by.”

Lately on Instagram (@centsationalstyle)