Why Make Your Own Decorative Pillows
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Yes, I make my own pillows, why? I simply don’t like paying $30 for a single pillow, and sadly you always need a pair. If you want to see how I did it, keep reading.
My mom was the one that gave me the idea about making pillows. It started out when I was getting married, and she wanted to help me save some money on home essentials. Of course, when you’re starting out as a new family and moving out from the affordable place called your parents home. You realize you finally need stuff that was just always there your whole life.
We always had these huge pillows always getting in the way around the house, when I mean huge, I mean like HUGE. We had them for about forever; the only possible good thing about them was that they were feathered. Feathered pillows are amazing, they are great with shaping, and softness, and all and everything you want from a pillow. let’s talk a little about sewing machines. If you don’t have one, that’s all right, but this project will be a little difficult to tackle without one. My sewing machine is a
For this project, you will need a sewing machine. My sewing machine is a Singer model 1507. I got it for $30 from OfferUp (originally asking for $60). This sewing machine came with a guidebook, and it’s simple to use. Which is perfect for small projects like this one.
Now let’s talk about the materials. Since I was using feathers as my stuffing, I needed an extra layer of material, just to hold the feathers in because those little buggers are always trying to get out and poke you. This was a separate project, that included me making a case just to stuff the pillows in. The fabric I used is a heavy duty utility fabric, found at any fabric store.
Now comes the hardest part, looking for fabric for the pillow case. It’s the hardest because there are about a million choices and you can only choose one, and at the point, my mind just explodes. But this is the fabric I decided to go with, it goes perfectly for the winter and fall season.
SIDE TIP: When I get any kind of fabric I usually get enough for one pillow, I like to do that for two reasons. First is you can test to match the fabric to your home. Also, you can see how the fabric comes together (not all fabrics work well for pillows). Second reason is that the lovely ladies at the fabric store will cut the fabric for you, less work for us.
Now that we are talking about cutting fabric lets look at some measurements of pillows you would normally use on your couch. For a standard size pillow usually I measure 19×19- 22×22, my pillows are 20×20. Remember at the cutting counter always ask for 1 inch more. For example, if I’m making my usual 20×20 pillows, I will ask for 21inch. The reason is because you will use up to 1 inch when sewing the fabric in.
The amazing thing about the pillows I make is that they have a zipper, you might not find having a zipper in a pillow amazing, but I do and here’s why. They are easy to remove for washing and I can use the same stuffing for any of my DIY pillow cases. About 2 pillows cost me about $15 (don’t forget your coupon).
Easy? Yes! And that is why I make my own pillows.
With the holidays here, I would love to share a picture of the Christmas pillows I made. Hope you like them. Fabric is linked here.