Living Room Makeover – Part 6: Super-Easy Throw Pillows

In case you missed these earlier posts:
Part 1: Paint

Remember last Thursday when I told you about this fabric … and these awesome chairs from Target??

When I originally found this fabric months ago, I wanted to use it to make curtains for my kitchen. But with a $30/yard price tag, that was a major no go. So, then I decided to make envelope throw pillows for my couch. And it took me forever to sit down and make them. Why? Because I have a love hate (mostly hate) relationship with my sewing machine. Until now! This was by far the easiest sewing project I’ve done so far. If you’re looking for a beginner sewing project, then throw pillows would be perfect!

Seriously, I want to make throw pillows for my whole house now. Super easy, peasy!

Here’s how it went down …
I first decided what size to make my pillows. I had Euro inserts, which are 26 x 26 inches. And I wanted the pillows to be somewhat plump. So, I decided to cut the fabric at 26 x 26, so that after I sewed it all up, it would be a little smaller and the insert would fill it up.

I only ordered 1 yard of the fabric, and decided to use some less expensive fabric for the backs. (I bought the back fabric at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, of course. I think it was just an off white denim.) Since the floral pattern repeated twice on one yard, I cut out a “frame” from some wrapping paper.

I’m sure you’re thinking, wrapping paper and making pillows? Strange. But this wrapping paper had grid lines, so I knew it was exactly square when I cut it out.

See what I mean? It helped me picture the pattern I wanted on the front of the pillow. And once I cut out the first square, I just placed it over the other half of the fabric and it was easy to cut out the second square.

I cut out two pieces of the back fabric for each pillow. One piece was 26 x 20 inches and the other piece was 26 x 16 inches. This left plenty of room for the two pieces to overlap on the back and to have a generous hem allowance.

I then ironed all of the pieces, and hemmed up the two ends of the back pieces that would be creating the envelope. And then I laid the fabric on top of each other, with the outsides facing each other. And I sewed straight lines around all of the edges. I turned it inside out, stuffed the inserts in, and voila … a throw pillow!

I didn’t take a picture of each step, so I won’t go through it all here. You can get a step-by-step tutorial over at Our Lake Life. I followed her steps almost exactly; and they were so easy.

I think what makes this project so simple is that it’s fairly small and you’re just sewing straight lines. Once I got everything cut out and ironed, I think it took me maybe 15 minutes or less to sew them all together. It was definitely a 1 nap time project. I love those!

Man, this picture makes my couch look dumpy. It’s super comfy, but can you tell where I sit all the time? Ha! And maybe I should try to smooth it out before I take pictures? You think?? Oh and don’t mind me cropping this so close to the top of the couch. I’m trying to keep from showing you much of the board and batten in the background. :) I’ll share it on Friday!!

I love, love, love how this easy project turned out. And now I can’t wait to buy more fabric to add more pillows to the couch … and maybe every other room in the house.

Have you ever made throw pillows? If so, do you have any tips or tricks to share?

Don’t forget to check out Part 7: Final Reveal!
Wednesday: Beyond the Picket Fence | Lil’ Luna | Ginger Snap Crafts |  Lady Behind the Curtain | Creations by Kara | The Trendy Treehouse | Someday Crafts | Southern Lovely | 36th Avenue | Polka Dots on Parade
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Saturday: Six Sisters Stuff | The Gingerbread Blog | Cheerios & Lattes | Be Different Act Normal | Or so she says | Your Homebased Mom | Too Much Time on my Hands | Tatertots and Jello

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