Not long ago I was debating selling my sewing machine because I hadn't used it much and I can't stand having useless stuff sitting around the house. Serial convinced me to take it out and try it again to make sure I was absolutely sure I was ready to give it up. Smart man.
Sure enough, I took it out and sewed a couple of basic things and I remembered why I loved having it. Rooney wasn't sure what was going on, but soon enough he made peace with the weird new machine. He did stay pretty close to me though - he's funny & protective like that.
So off I went to JoAnn fabrics, armed with my coupons (if you don't subscribe by email, you're really missing out - they have mad discounts!). I found an awesome, bright orange pattern that Serial actually liked and picked up a couple of pillow forms that were on sale.
I also had some leftover fabric from a long time ago that I decided to use for the couch pillows. (Truth be told, the pillows were always in the way on the couch and Rooney wasn't having it. So we ended up using them as chair cushions instead.)
But enough about us, let's get to the tutorial. My pillow forms were 22"x22" for our bedroom and 16"x16" for the chair cushions. You can get them at any craft store or comb through a thrift store for ugly ones that you might want to cover up (after you wash them, of course).
The final step is to use a blind stitch to close the remaining open part of the pillow case. The general idea of it is to place the two sides together and run the thread through only the inner pieces of fabric so that you don't see the thread on the outside. This video shows a good demonstration.