Pillow Talk

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)

10 thoughts on “Pillow Talk

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

    • 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.

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