Saturday, July 14, 2012

7 minute throw pillow Tutorial

Last time I was in the States I wanted to get some cute throw pillows.
  I was shocked...appalled...{down-right} outraged
 at the extreme prices for just little pieces of fancy material sown into squares!

I mean, come on, I'm no seamstress but it can't be that much work to make 4 straight lines.
Well, I have this little sister.... let's call her "Monica".
'cause that's her name.
Every now and then she says something {brilliant} that makes everyone pause and ask,
 "who said that?"

Monica said, "why don't you just buy fabric placemats and make them throw pillows?"
{light bulb}
Here's how I did it.
1. I found 2 beautiful fabric placemats originally $12...on sale for $4!
2. Make sure it has double for the front and one for the back....{giggle}.
3. Carefully cut a small straight slit....DON'T cut through both layers!  I filled it with the stuffin' from an old pillow.  With a needle and thread hand sew the opening close.  OR....I may or may not have just overlapped it and hot glued it.
4. I ran a needle and thread through a pretty piece of lace (I had a little piece of blanket binding that I was in love with and had to use) to make gathers.  Any lace would do.  With my trusty glue gun I arranged the lace to hide the filling opening is done!

Have a lovely day,


Stacey Mowery said...

Beautiful pillow!!! I never noticed that some placemats have two pieces of material....what a wonderful idea to slit and fill! No worries about matching fabric or dealing with the binding!! Love the honesty....please you are pregnant with 4 little ones, who has time to handstitch!!! :) Congratulations!!!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Yay for Monica! So pretty Maria. I've been meaning to look for some nice place mats myself - the one I have seems to have the front stuck to the back.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Clever, easy and pretty, I'd say you have all the bases covered! Great idea, out I go looking for placemats! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

colorchic said...

Oh so pretty and nicely done! Very creative!

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