I've really detested our living room throw-pillow covers for a while. The biggest problem is that they are ivory and the pillows inside are the same chocolate brown colour as the couch, so I find the darker colour shows through the lighter colour and they just look dingy.
See what I mean? I've kept my eye out for inexpensive covers or alternative fabric for months, but haven't found anything that suits. That is, until I emptied out my sewing back the other day and discovered our old bedroom curtains. I bought the curtains for next to nothing, but when I replaced them with the ones I made, it seemed a waste to throw them out. So the stayed in the bottom of my fabric pile until a snowy day last week.