My brother was with me that day on his very first trip to an IKEA store ever and he had to witness my muffled scream "Free fabrics!!!", the crazy eyes and my immediate plans to rob IKEA off their full stock of samples to make a huge bed cover. Thank god crazy runs in our family and he was willing to help! We decided to proceed cautiously to not attract too much attention. - Okay, well, we still took so many samples we could stuff into our pockets and my handbag (We were really interested in all the options we had for our new sofa cover...of course.). So many fabrics and leather and velvet! I was in heaven.
The bed cover had to be postponed, however. You'd need a whole cart full of samples for that one. But my brother's birthday was coming up and on his visit he mentioned something of how much he likes pillows (I was more than surprised to hear that as his flat looks more like a workshop than a cozy home). So what better to give him for his birthday than a pillow made from the fabric samples he helped to
So, here we go!
 Step one: Go to IKEA and get a bunch of fabric samples.
Iron each row flat before proceeding but be careful with the faux leather pieces! They don't like the direct contact with a hot iron at all. I had to learn that the hard way...
The fabric measures about 50cm x 50cm so you have some seam allowance.
And this is where I stopped taking pictures. Hmm.
 However. Put the two pieces right sides facing and sew around three sides. Insert a zipper into the fourth. Turn right sides out if you haven't already for the zipper. Put a pillow inside. Magic!
My brother loved it. LOVED it. And every time he sees it he'll remember his first trip to IKEA and how we stuffed our pockets with fabric samples feeling slightly like we were doing something illegal. Which I hope it wasn't. Because it's on the Internet now.