Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Quick and easy accent pillows

Here's a project that will take maybe a half hour from start to finish. Longer if you are like me and do a lot of it in front of Law and Order. ;) If you can sew a straight line, you can do this.

I've seen this done many times over the years on tv and in magazines and always meant to try it, but never got around to it (you know how that goes, don't you?!). I was browsing the other day and saw it done most recently here. I've been wanting to make little lumbar shaped pillows for my kitchen chairs for, oh, I don't know, the last 4 or 5 years or so. When I saw this idea yet again, I knew it was the answer. Quick, easy and cheap.

I bought 4 place mats for $1.78/each at the W when grocery shopping last night. I love the woven cotton fabric for it's texture and durability. And the colors are bright and cheery, perfect for my kitchen.



I did mine slightly differently than Sarah did hers, though, but it's still very simple. Unlike Sarah's, my place mats are not doubled sided. No problem. I simply folded them in half (right sides facing each other) and sewed up the 3 open sides (leaving enough space on one side to turn the pillows right-side-out and stuff with fiberfill).



But before turning right-side-out, be sure to clip the extra fabric from the corners so the shape will be more natural. So far, this whole process has taken *maybe* a minute or two, tops.



Next, stuff the pillow. Here's a little tip: if you have a difficult time reaching down into the corners to stuff the pillow, use a skewer to push the filling down where you want it. Afterward, I just stitched up the hole using a basic "over and through" stitch.



And that's all there is to it!





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19 comments:

Leah said...

Nice and easy! Cute.

Sandy Toes said...

I just may be able to do this! :)
sandy toe

Ally0005 said...

Very cute and I love your chairs.

Ally

Joanna said...

Cute! You've inspired me to give it a try!

Shannon said...

Perfect for those chairs! Too cute!

Sweet Simplicity said...

The colors in the fabric look great against your chairs. Great job!

Amy said...

I recently bought some fabric that resembles those mats. Reminds me that I have 2 pillows to recover. Your pillows look great!

Carrie said...

so cute I need to make this Sadie decided to chew the ends off of my pillow on the couch

Kelli said...

Cute! You know, I actually have two placemats that I have been meaning to make into pillows for almost five years now!
Of course now that I know how and have a plan of attack, they don't match any of my decorations!
Oh well!

Lucky in Love said...

That looks fantastic!

Will you teach me how to sew? So sad I don't know how :(

Mom=Fail!

Candy Allen said...

Looks great! The pattern and texture of the material remind me of the Pier 1 patio pillows which I love! The look is fantastic!

Candy
AKA Junk Sophisticate

Beach Vintage said...

Love this idea. The colours suit your home.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

You rock!! What a great project! And now it looks so bright and cheerful!
Carrie

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great idea!

Michelle said...

Love how your project turned out! You did a really great job :)

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~Michelle
(Treasure the Moment)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Beautiful!!! An easy and thrifty alternative to going out and buying fancy store pillows. ;) Stopping by from Kimba's party. :)

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and what a great idea!

Melissa said...

VERY cute and it seems SO simple! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions! BTW: I love your dinner chairs!

Melissa :D

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

LOVE these!! The colors are awesome, great idea to fold them! Perfect.