I decided to change it up again in the living room by bringing in some color for the upcoming spring and summer months, and the most inexpensive way to do this is to add some flowers and new colorful pillows.
Throw pillows cost a lot. Even at Home Goods or Marshall's you will pay at least $20 for a pillow. It's ridiculous!
I went to The fabric store and paid $40 for fabric which was enough for 10 pillows! You can't beat that!
This is the easiest thing you can sew. Even if you don't know how to sew, you can still make this, there are no zippers involved and all you need to do is sew straight lines.
1 yard is enough for one 20 inch pillow. Keep that in mind when buying your fabric.
I prefer down pillows, because I like how "chopped" pillows look.
But I have non down throw pillows to. After I recovered all of my old pillows, I went and bought down throw pillows at IKEA. The are only $6.99 each, Which is the cheapest I found in town:
There are two different ways I make pillows. One way is by cutting out one piece of fabric and the other is by cutting out 3 parts.
Here is the first way.
Use your old pillow case as a guide. You need to cut a piece of fabric that is 1/2 inch wider on each side and can overlap by 6 inches:
See, when I fold it over the pillow case, it overlaps by 6 inches:
Fold and iron the two ends:
Sew both of the ends:
Lay the fabric on a flat surface with the right side up.
Bring one end up to the middle:
Then bring the other side towards the middle:
Use your old pillow case as a guide. Put it onto to make sure it is the same size.
Sew two of the edges.
After you have sewn the 2 seams, you need to finish the edges.
You can serge them, zig zag stitch or use pinking shears like I do:
After this step you are done!
Put your pillow in and admire your work:
The next way to make the pillow is for when you don't have enough fabric to go all the way around the pillow and you need to cut out pieces.
1 yard of fabric was not quite big enough to go around the 20 inch IKEA pillow.
Step one, measure pillow:
Next, measure and cut your fabric.
Since my pillow was 20 inches, I cut a 20 1/2 inch square:
The square will be your pillow front:
To create the 2 back pieces, use your square as a guideline.
Fold up your square 7 inches, basically creating a 13 1/2 X 20 1/2 rectangle.
Use that to trace and cut out 2 back panels:
So now, you should have 1 front and 2 backs:
Take your back panels and fold over and iron one of the edges:
Sew down the edge on each back panel
Next, place your front square on a flat surface (front side up) and put your back panels on top. Remember that the front sides always go together. Pin the pillow.
Stitch all 4 sides:
Finish all edges:
Thats it! Insert your pillow and you are done!
If you only have enough fabric for the front, you can use a different fabric for the back:
I have to say, that I am really loving the pretty colors:
Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day!