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Satisfaction in pillows

So over the weekend I found myself shopping in a big box store that's common for going in with two things on your list and coming out with 47 things you never really needed. However, this time I didn't fall prey! We recently re-did lots of things in our home and I figured it was time to update the throw pillows on our couches. I looked in this store and while I found some I really liked, they were $18 on clearance. Normally that's not a huge deal but considering I wanted 8 pillows total, I wasn't keen on spending that. That's when I thought, "I make clothes, surely I can make throw pillows and save a few dollars, right?" And that's what I did! It's really easy, you don't need to be a master seamstress, and I've included steps below on how you can do it as well, for a fraction of the cost!

First, you need to find the fabric you want to use. I actually went the simple route and found window panels and shower curtains I wanted to use. As long as what you choose isn't sheer, you should be good to go.

Decide what size you'd like your pillows. I wanted mine to be about 18" square so I cut my fabric into 18"x36" rectangles. I chose to cut it this way because that would leave me only having to sew 3 sides rather than 4 (lazy sewing isn't always a bad thing!). Note: If you are using window panels or shower curtains, you'll need to cut off any hems.

Once your fabric is cut into the size you want, fold it in half so that it's square, making sure that if there is a right side and a wrong side, you fold it so the right sides are together. Once you've done that, you're ready to sew. I used a serger but you can use a regular sewing machine as well. You may want to use a zigzag and straight stitch just to make sure it stays sewn.

Make sure when you sew your edges, you do so for all open sides with the exception of a small opening so that you can turn it right side out. I chose to have the opening where I will have the bottom of the pillow.

Once you've turned it right side out, make sure to push the corners out and start stuffing. I found it's easier to stuff about half of the pillow then push to fill the corners and start shaping. Otherwise, it seems a little more difficult to smooth it out and get out the lumpy parts.

Once filled to the desired amount, it's time to hand sew the opening closed. It's easier if you clip or pin the opening closed before you start sewing.

You can decide how you'd like to close the opening. I just did a simple back and forth stitch.

After it's closed, voila!! All done!! Fluff it a bit and then it's ready to be displayed.

Rather than paying $144 on new pillows, I ended up spending under $65 and it didn't take that long to complete. Now I have beautiful new pillows that I can proudly say I made myself.

It really isn't a tough project and less than half the cost to make versus buying from the store. If you try and ever get hung up, feel free to ask any questions, I'd be happy to help!!

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