Playing with Pillows – DIY

I’ve been in desperate need of new couch pillows after Twitch ate my original pillows (to be fair, he let me enjoy them for a solid 3 years before he shredded them..).

My sister & I tackled Fabric 101‘s sale together over the 4th of July holiday – picked up some beautiful scraps for handbags. I also picked up a beautiful, perfectly square floral scrap with pale blue and green hues that I knew would be perfect for my couch.

The scrap was too lovely to cut so I turned it into an oblong accent pillow instead.

Isn't the fabric lovely?!
Isn’t the fabric lovely?!
I had a little extra of the brown pattern lying around so I whipped up a friend for my oblong pillow :)
I had a little extra of the brown pattern lying around so I whipped up a friend for my oblong pillow.
Kimba approves of the new pillows!
Kimba approves of the new pillows!

If you’ve never made a pillow, you must! It’s unbelievably easy and incredibly cheap.

I don’t have pictures of the steps, but here’s a quick run-down:

  1. Align 2 pieces of material that are cut identically (you can use 2 different fabric patterns for a little versatility or the same for the traditional uniform look just make sure they are the same shape) with the outside pieces facing.
  2. Pin all around the edges of the material. Make sure to mark about 6 inches (give or take a few inches depending on the size of your pillow and the weight of your fabric – heavier fabric may require a slightly larger opening).
  3. Starting at one end of your opening, sew all the way around the edges of your fabric until you reach the other end of your opening.
  4. Flip the fabric through the opening so that the sewn edges become the interior. Reach into the pillow shell and push out all four edges.
  5. Now for the fun part: start stuffing the pillow! Add stuffing until the pillow reaches your desired firmness.
  6. Fold the edges of the opening inward, pin then stitch it closed (this should be the bottom of your pillow).

Ta-da! I hope that helps for now – I’ll post a picture tutorial the next time I construct one!

I can’t lie – I’ve been putting my pillows to good use 😉

Dogs, a good book and new pillows make for a great day!

{PS: I finished reading Big Girl Panties this weekend and it’s a great summer read! I definitely recommend it!}

Happy pillow making!

Author: Jordan Slice-Metcalfe

My name is Jordan. I'm a full-time working mom whose coffee cup is always half full (and probably still in the microwave). I've got a weak spot for rescuing old dogs, pretending pizza is a vegetable, negotiating dessert with every meal, propagating more plants than any home needs, dreaming of sewing projects while my husband is talking to me, and loving my tribe too deep.

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