I have had quite a bit of free time lately and no house to work on, so I have been making pillows galore. The first one I made, I saw in blue at Kohl’s and love the idea for the design. I was thinking of making it in a mustard color, but when I got to Joann’s I found a very limited selection of felt, so I choose the dark red felt.
In the end I loved the pattern, but was not all that happy with the color. I think I might give this one to my mom and try again in a different color. (Please excuse the backgrounds, that was the best I could do in my corporate housing.)
This pillow I used my Martha Stewart stencil. I bought yellow fabric, stenciled the pattern and then once it was completely dry I stitched it together, leaving a one inch border. I thought the yellow was a little bright at first, but with all the white it really toned it down. I even, don’t mind where my stenciling was a little faint, gives it character!
I saw something really similar at the pottery barn outlet, but it was $20 for the pillow cover (I know it was not even that expensive) but I refuse to buy pillows. I made this pillow for $4 with everything. I have been buying all my inserts at Goodwill; I buy an old, ugly pillows, wash it and cover it. The fabric I found in the remnants bin at Joann’s for $2 and the button was $1. I made the pillow, envelope style, with minimal sewing. I like the end result, although I have no idea where I will use it.
I also saw a pillow similar to this at the pottery barn outlet and decided to make it. This one was not quite as cheap, around $7. I got a 1/2 a yard of linen fabric and it was barely enough, I had to get creative with some of the fabric pieces I cut in order to make them fit. Also, I love these buttons, they are real wood and sooo cute ($1.25, Joann’s).
Here are all the pillows together. Now, I just need to find places for them in the new house!
Anyone else feel bad about buying pillows, even when they are affordable?