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Creative Handmade Pillows
Create your own original one of a kind pillows from fabric you never thought to use found in places you never thought to look.
If you have read any of my previous articles, you know I love revamping items. Seeing the potential in things to be something completely is a challenge I enjoy.
Having first moved into my new place, the first thing I wanted to change were the pillows because having something everyone else had wasn't appealing to me, so when I saw the brown pillows that came with my new sofa, I knew they were doomed.
I didn't need to go out for filling because the pillows on the sofa had enough filling I needed. I also knew that keeping their fabric intact would make the new versions sturdier.
Step 1: Fabric
I didn't have any I liked. I wanted a thick fabric that looked rich so I went to my local thrift store and looked at the curtains. As luck would have it, there were two very rich looking curtain panels in red tones. One solid, the other striped. And one very bright green textured panel I really liked as well. I bought them, hand washed them and cut them to cover the existing brown pillows. I cut the green one the same size because for this one I needed filler since I ran out of pillows to cover.
Step 2: Sewing
I simply stitched up three sides with reverse side of fabric out, flipped them inside out to show the outside when done and squeezed the brown pillows in, then finished sewing the last side. Done.
My red pillows looked lovely. But they looked lonely so I filled up the green fabric with filler I bought at the fabric store and since I had bought too much, I needed to stuff more pillows. I looked for fabric to liven things up a bit and found an old Halloween costume with black sequenced pants. I cut the back side making shorts and stuffed them with filler, then did the sewing just as I did with the red fabric. The shape was a more circular, which I thought would balance out the red squares.
Flower Face Pillows - What you will need:
Hot glue gun
Orange Flower Pillow: Weave the ribbon on the surface of the pillow and glue it down. Take your felt, cut out a face shape and draw a face on it with the markers. With fabric of choice, surround the face in a flower shape and add lace near the face. For an added touch, make one big ribbon and glue on the side.
Black Flower Pillow: For this one I used red satin to surround face and added a more Christmas touch by using red and green decorations like breads and glued them on as well.
Next time you see hideous pillows on a sofa you like, don't let that deter you from buying the sofa. It's easy to make anything you like suitable to your own taste by personalizing it to match your imagination and creating something unique and original.