I made the sweetest pillow this weekend and I am so excited to share.
I recently refurbished a chair in my kitchen. It's just delicious in every way, except, it desperately needed a pillow. You see, to me, in the ice cream sundae of decorating, pillows are that ripe, red cherry sitting on top!
Couches, beds and newly recovered chairs are all so obviously unfinished without them. I brought a few from the living room into the kitchen for pictures, but the chair really needed its own...which worked out well, because today is our second Dose of DIY Blog Hop and our theme is, you guessed it, pillows.
So sit back and get ready to enjoy some fluffy fun.
My pillow was free. I had a form, but as usual, no plan.
Being the thrifty girl that I am (ok, cheap), I wanted to use fabric that I already had on hand. I was also wanted the pillow to tie into the existing theme of the chair. I decided to use the fabric that served as a partial slipcover, the first time that I redid the chair, since I had actually used some of it in the new skirt. Perfect.
I had to cut away the old trim and rip out a seam or two, but that's ok. It was a quick task.
I decided to make an envelope style pillow cover. It's super easy to do, can be done with a machine or with fusible web tape or fabric glue.
Start by laying your fabric right side facing up and place the pillow down on top of it about and inch or two from the edge.
Pick up your fabric and bring it toward the center of your pillow, then fold it back about two inches.
Grab the other end of the fabric, bring it to the center and, again, fold it back about two inches, overlapping the first fold. Pull the fabric so there's a very snug fit around the pillow form. Pin the side seams well and carefully shimmy the pillow out the center opening.
Yes, I know that you can measure the pillow and measure the fabric and subtract and inch or two to ensure the proper plumpness, but frankly, I stink at math. Unless it's balancing my checkbook, with a calculator, I try not to engage.
This way may not be the "right" way, but it works just fine. Trust me.
Sew or glue the side seams up, turn the cover inside out ~ actually right side out ~ and pop your pillow back inside!
It only took me about ten minutes to complete this task and I had a new pillow....but man, was it boring.
I knew that it could be so much more without a ton of effort, so I peeked into my craft closet to see what I could whip up and found a small wooden ornament and some ribbon. I simply laced the ribbon through the cut outs in the heart, tied a bow and hot glued it to the front of the pillow.
Now, I know what you're thinking. I do.
Wood? Really? Well that's not going to be very comfortable and you're right, it's not, but it's ok, it doesn't have to be. It's total eye candy. Think about all those pillows you see in the cute boutiques, the ones with glitter, buttons and broaches attached. They aren't comfortable either, but boy, they are pretty.
So I made myself a just for pretty pillow.
It feels a little naughty to be so frivolous, but it didn't cost me anything and like the sign says, it's sweet.
Just like that cherry.
Now, who wants ice cream?
Looking for even more pillow inspiration? Well then, pop on over and check out these ideas from my very talented friends. Visit Kristi from Chatfield Court, Sarah from Creative Ramblings, Tammy from One More Time Events, Jill from Sew A Fine Seam and Michele from Shelstring.
You can never have too many cherries!
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