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 😉

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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!

Bossypants Book Review

One bossy chicks review of Tina Fey's Bossypants.

One bossy chicks review of Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

As a girl who’s been called bossy more times than I care to count, I knew just by the title that Bossypants was the book for me!

It’s very rare that I actually finish a book (anyone else have this issue? I think it’s related to my undiagnosed ADHD). I’m very proud to say that I read Bossypants cover-to-cover and couldn’t get enough!

As always, Tina Fey is hilarious and real. There are so many parts of the book where she just “lays it all out” in a way that makes her seem so…human.

The book is such an easy read. The paperback version is light and small enough to stash in your purse in case you get stuck in a waiting room and don’t want to touch those germ-infested magazines.

I do warn you though: be careful where you’re reading (especially if it’s in the bed while your husband is sleeping) because you WILL burst out in random fits of laughter.

See! Bossy isn't so bad! ;)

See! Bossy isn’t so bad! 😉

I’m also in the midst of reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and I really appreciated reading the two alongside (although I did get the two story lines twisted a few times and ultimately decided to finish Bossypants as it was the shorter/easier-to-carry-in-my-purse option).

Whether your office is on the set of a hit TV show, the corner office at Facebook’s headquarters, the cubicle down the hall or behind the counter of a coffee shop, being a woman in society is a tough gig. Tina Fey’s ability to turn the work/life balance into a comical journey is sure to help give any female a new perspective: no matter how tough carving your path may be, there’s always room for humor!

In the end, remember that it’s always worth taking the leap because the journey makes for a great story!

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So friends: pick up a copy of Bossypants and get your laugh on!

What’s on your reading list this summer?