The Simplest Way to Make Affordable Pillows
Ok I admit it, I have a pillow obsession.
Call them what you will…throw pillows, cushions or just plain pillows… but a simple and inexpensive way to add colour, personality and style to your decor is by adding new pillows.
My pillow problem (ahem..) has been handy for my home staging business located in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Pillows are a primary accessory for home stagers. What better way to style a black leather couch than to pile it with colourful pillows?
Where do I get my pillows?
Well HomeSense, which just opened in our town is a great source. I always check the aisle ends for sales. A couple of weeks ago I picked up some great down pillows for $10 each. If you are a sewer and don’t like the pillow cover – $10 for a down pillow insert is a great deal.
One of my favourite ways to increase my pillow inventory is to make my own. As a very basic sewer, envelope pillows have been the ideal way to add the perfect pillow to a room. I used to laboriously and very sloooowly sew my pillows with zippers until I discovered the wonders of the envelope pillow. Now, basic sewer that I am, I can zip through 3 pillows in one hour and and 15 minutes (I just timed myself).
Where do I get my fabric for my hand made pillows?
Our local Fabricville is a great source. By using Fabricville’s membership card I can get a pretty decent discount. Fabricville now sells fabric online. I haven’t ordered their online fabrics so can’t attest to this service.
One of my favourite places to order online fabric is the Canadian owned Tonic Living. I have been ordering their fabric for years. A wonderful feature of Tonic Living is that they will send you sample sizes for a minimal cost. This is particularly helpful if you are trying to match existing furnishings and accessories. Tonic Living also will create custom pillows, drapes and blinds of any of their fabrics.
I recently ordered this fabric from Tonic Living. So pretty!
These pillows were just the ticket in my client’s tastefully decorated living room – she had struggled with finding the right pillows to compliment her beautiful furnishings, art and accents.
I also use not so typical sources for my pillow fabrics.
I recently found a lovely shower curtain (middle fabric below) at the almost closed local Target (sad face…) for about $15.00. The high quality 100% cotton fabric featured fresh, watery blues and blue-greens in an Ikat pattern. There was enough material to make three 20 inch by 20 inch and one 12 inch by 26 inch pillow covers. On that same shopping trip I picked up a flat double sheet (top fabric in picture below) for $4.00 at Walmart and a couple of yards of the navy fabric (bottom fabric in picture below) from Fabricville for $15.00. Lots of fabric for under $35.00
Here are my instructions for a Basic Envelope Pillow
Place the 21″ x 21″ piece of fabric right side up and place the two smaller pieces on top with all the outside edges together.
Make sure that the right side of each fabric piece are facing each other as in the photo below.
I turned up one corner so that you can see the positioning of the hemmed pieces.
Pin all around the edges and then sew a half inch seam around the edges.
Turn the fabric so that it is right side out and iron. Poke your corners out as well as you can. I use the blunt end of my scissors for this. Insert your pillow form and voila!
The possibilities for unique, one of a kind pillows are endless.
Stay tuned for upcoming adventures in my quest for beautiful, affordable and unique pillows!