This is the third pillow project I’ve done in the past few months (take a look at my table runner pillow,) and I think we have a love-hate relationship. I absolutely love how fast the project is done. One hour projects means I can do a project and write the post in a day, which makes me feel incredibly productive. Furniture projects that take three days to do, and another day to paint? Half my week’s gone already…
But I know how to do furniture projects. I see a piece, can imagine a vision, and know exactly how to get there. Decor projects? Not so much. Take this project. Halfway through, I decided my original idea looked silly, so I ripped off the embellishments I’d added and came up with something else instead. Frustrating.
But, hey, it was still done in under an hour. That’s got to be worth something, right?
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- Old Pillow
- Pair of Napkins
- Fake Flower
Note: I got all of these things at thrift stores, and I’m pretty sure I paid less than $4 for all three things. Thrift stores for the win!
One Hour Cloth Napkin to Throw Pillow DIY
Step 1: Pin and Sew Napkins Together
Wrong sides together, pin the napkins together on three sides.
Then, as close to the edge as possible, sew the three sides of the napkins together. I’m not the best sew-er in the world, so I picked a thread color similar to the napkin so it wouldn’t be seen.
Three of the four sides are sewn together… Can you even tell?
Step 2: Insert and Arrange Pillow
Insert the pillow into the last open side, fluffing/arranging the pillow as necessary so it is evenly distributed between the napkins.
Step 3: Pin and Sew Fourth Side
Pinterest tells me this is when most people hand-sew. Lol. No. I don’t hand sew. It seems tedious and annoying, plus, I don’t actually know how. So, this baby got pinned and then stuck back into the sewing machine, albeit a little awkwardly.
Step 4: Add Embellishments
After making some foolish-looking flowers out of the drop cloth I had left over from recovering my couch, I found a fake flower sitting around that wasn’t actually being used. Did you know it’s actually pretty easy to take apart fake flowers?
I started with this:
Using scissors, I cut the flower stem between the petals and the leaves.
Then with my fingers, I pried the plastic green bits off and removed the leaves.
Then hot-glued the leaves to the pillow.
The flower soon followed.
I really like simple elegance, and I think this pillow falls into that category!
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