I’m in a home-dec state of mind.

The “blah” in my family room was bringing me down and, with spring everywhere, I needed to do something fast.  Armed with my treasured coupons, I headed to JoAnn’s  hoping to find a fabric solution.  The result:

bright and colorful pillows that turned my blah into happy!

These pillows were not at all complicated to make, but you do need to have some basic sewing skills.  I used the feather pillow forms that were inside pillows I had purchased at HomeGoods last year.  The original covers had zippered bottoms, so they were easy to remove and measure.  I added zippers to these, as well.

The fabric was home-dec weight, but I fused some 987F fleece* (made by Pellon) onto each front and back square before stitching.  It helps the covers retain their shape and it adds a slight bit of loft to the pillow…you simply iron it onto the wrong side of the cut fabric.  I stitched the trim into the seam, and done is done.

All of the pattern books (McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, etc.) offer a great selection of decorative pillow patterns which contain yardage requirements and detailed directions.  If you can sew a straight line with your sewing machine, you can make simple throw pillows.

It’s a great way to freshen a room, add some color and ditch the blahs.


*It is less expensive to buy this at your local JoAnn’s store by the yard, than to purchase it at JoAnn’s online.  (don’t forget to bring your coupon)

0 thoughts on “Pillow Talk

  1. annie says:

    Annie…today was a sewing day for me so I feel connected…your blog and website is amazing..love to all…

    • Ann says:

      I’d love to know what you were sewing! I’m happiest when my machine is humming. Thanks for the comment and love to you all, too! Miss you.

  2. Laura says:

    Once we agree upon a color motif (my current decoration might be too girly for SOME people) – yes!!