Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Throw Pillows

 Remember this fabric?  I used it to make these!!

I bought the Navy Chevron and Botanical Print  from for $8/yd and used it to make new throw pillows for my sofa!  Or is it couch?  What do you call it??  I think couch might be a southern term??

I've been sewing my own pillows for as long as I can remember. My mom used to make my sister and I coordinating outfits (mine usually yellow and hers pink) and to keep us busy while she was sewing, she would give us fabric scraps, a needle and thread and have us make little pillows for our baby dolls.  I've since learned how to use a sewing machine.  I must have been 4 or 5 years old and to think that little skill she taught me has served me well all these years.  You can save a ton of money if you know how to sew. It has saved me lots of $$ by allowing me to make things for myself that I wouldn't normally be able to afford from a retailer.

It has also allowed me more options when it comes to interior decorating.  I'm no longer stuck with someone else's idea of pretty or what's "in" or what they think will look good in my home.  Don't get me wrong, I love me some Z Gallerie, Anthro, Ballard Designs but my pocketbook doesn't always love it the same. 
Know what I'm sayin'?  

Besides that, if I forked out a ton of money for something super nice that my kids are just going to throw on the floor, I would be stressed out everyday for fear that they would be ruined.   
The pillows not my kids.  
 The cream pillows were from Wal-mart and cost $13 each.

(The center pillow was from JCPenney bought last year on clearance for $3! )

Although my mom taught me some mad sewing skillz (my skills aren't really that mad), I didn't know how to sew an "envelope pillow cover"(see I told you).  I wanted something I could take off and throw in the washer when it got dirty.  I always did the type of cover that enclosed the entire pillow and didn't allow for easy removal.  So I "googled" it and found a simple tutorial on YouTube and followed the instructions.  It was so easy, really, and it didn't take long at all.
Anybody can do this even if you don't have a sewing machine!
The floral pillow is actually a place mat I found at World Market.  Place mats are great for making cheap but chic pillows. They are normally two pieces of fabric sewn together so if you rip the seam at one end, you can insert a pillow into the opening and then resew it closed or use hot glue or hemming tape!  Kate has a great tutorial on how to make "No Sew" throw pillows so go over and check out her blog and learn how to start saving money by being your own designer!! 
So what do you think of my sofa/ couch pillows??
Please tell me, what do you call the thing you sit on in your living room!!

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  1. I love that fabric you used! It's just beautiful. I just finished sone pillows for my couch as well...;) darn those kids! At least I'll get a lot of decorating options out of them ;)

  2. It feels great that you can go redesign your home on your own. I think it’s very comforting, because you’re free to mix and match things out. And you did a good job on your throw pillows; they don’t have to be uniform to make your living room look pleasing to the eyes. They actually add a nice contrast to your brown couch. Cheers!

    Jon Snow