Do you have lots of these lurking in your closets in your home? Are you unsatisfied with their color, material or style? Do you wish you had a place to put them, but no matter how hard you try, they just don’t work with your decor?
(Cue audience, I do’s and yes’s!) Well then, do we have a (terrible infomercial style) post for you!
In all reality we realized we have a ton of small quick projects to share that might not be worth a whole written out post, but still deserve their 15 seconds of fame in case anyone out there’s looking to save some time or money, so we thought we’d share a few “quickie” posts when they come up! Think text message instead of phone call or elevator instead of stairs. Quick and to the
Today’s post is a simple way to actually use those pillows that aren’t working in your home anymore. It’s tempting to go out and purchase a whole set of new ones, but we recommend using what you’ve got if you can to save a little dough.
We love to pick up cloth shower curtains (we’ve upholstered chairs with them!) and cloth napkins whenever they’re on sale, or we see a pattern we’re in love with. Target, Marshalls and West Elm are our personal favorites!
For this project we used a total of 4 napkins to cover 2 pillows. The napkins we used happened to be the perfect size for our pillows, so no trimming was needed.
Since the ends were already hemmed, we sewed together two napkins with the “wrong” sides together. By sewing 1/4″ inside the existing seams, we ended up with a little trim on the edges.
We sewed around 3 1/2 of the sides leaving room to insert our pillow, and back stitched to lock in that hem.
After we inserted the pillow, we took a needle and thread to close up the opening by hand. Nothing fancy- we always make sure the hand-sewn hem is at the bottom and less noticeable.
And with that we’ve got ourselves a new, inexpensive pillow! The napkins were around $6 for a set of four and the pillows we already owned, bringing our total to $3 per pillow. Not too shabby : )
We love adding the trim as opposed to sewing the panels “right” side together and creating a clean hem. What do you think?
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