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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bring In Spring With Throw Pillows!


Spring is here and what better way to welcome the season than with gorgeous pillows alive with Spring motifs. Pillows are such a wonderful way to warm up a space.  Think of them as you would costume jewelry.  Although they seem like small details, they can have a big impact on a room... 


One of the things I like most about throw pillows is the fact that you can customize them to fit your personal style. And, if you make them yourself, you can save a bundle!   The sky is the limit here, you really can do anything you want. It never cease to amaze me how people are willing to spend $50.00 - $300.00 on a pillow when you can make your own in less than ten minutes for a fraction of the cost. 

The throw pillow is quite possibly one of the easiest DIY home accessories you will ever make.  All you have do is cut two pieces of fabric of equal size, sew 3 of the edges, stuff it, and close it up!  And contrary to popular belief and opinion, if you dont have a machine you can sew it by hand.  Hand stitching adds a very rustic and "made with love" quality thats hard to find.........and if you do, it may have a $300.00 price tag.  If you think about it, your great grandmother and all the ladies prior to the invention of the sewing machine managed to sew the most amazing things quite well without one.  Now if they could do that, then surely we can manage two little squares of fabric.  Yes we can.

Here are a few creative and fresh ideas for DIY throw pillows.   Be inspired! 

1.  Recycle your old sweaters into gorgeous pillows. If you don't have any old sweaters buy one at a thrift store, now that winter is over you will find them for next to nothing.  Have fun! 



  
2.  Add a personal touch by stenciling a monogram on a plain pillow!  This is always a classic and its so very sophisticated and chic.







3.  Turn your old or mismatched table napkins into beautiful pillows.  Table napkins especially vintage ones, have the most intricate, amazing embroidery and as such makes  really high end looking throw pillows.








4.  Buy remnant fabric. Most fabric stores sell off their left over fabric, generally pieces that are under a yard in size.  You can get some of the best upholstery and designer fabric for as low as a dollar because of this.  Since you are making pillows, you only need a small piece. Perfect!  



Tip:  If you have one enough of a print for one side of a pillow, just make the back a neutral  or contrasting color .  Now, you can flip the pillow over for a different look! 

 If you are planning to purchase throw pillows, here are some gorgeous pieces from Pottery Barn that are just fabulous! 








7 comments:

Kathy said...

I always love it when you post something new! You have such a great blog! I love the pillows, I never thought of using old sweaters, very clever. I love the pillows from pottery barn, definetly perks up a living room. Thanks again for the great ideas.

Beauty and the Green said...

Thanks Kathy, you're very welcome. I love the pottery barn pillows too, they are perfect for spring and summer.

Dmarie said...

wow, great tips! look forward to checking out more of your blog. thanks

Alicia@ Mommy Delicious said...

You always have such good ideas! I never even thought of using a recycled sweater to make gorgeous throw pillows. Thanks for the tips!

Christina Parker Brown said...

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Mama Wright said...

Happy to read ur blog again! I've been out of the loop this last month :) I'm sooooooooo obsessed with pillows lately! You're absolutely right about pillows and spring and a fresh new look. I can't sew, but I'd be willing to try. I found some pillows on etsy that are beyond perfect and 25 each. That's not tooo bad and if I were to make my own it may cost close to that after supplies anyway. Perhaps sewing should become a new hobby :)
Great post and ideas!!!

I AM Curly Locks said...

Love it...gonna start a couple this week...