Updating pillows

I’ve been told that updating your pillows is an easy and inexpensive way to freshen the decor of your home. Our pillows were in desperate need of freshening, but who can afford (or justify) the crazy, expensive price of designer pillows? Especially, if you’re like me, and you like LOTS of pillows.

Enter: the swatch book.

We were given a swatch book that contained fabric samples of various prints and textures. I’m sure they were intended for the kids’ crafts, but one mom craft is okay, isn’t it?

On a rainy afternoon, I decided that there must be a way to stitch those swatches together to make new pillow covers. First. I removed all the patterns that matched our decor.

Then, I planned how to piece them together in a cohesive way. I had limited patterns, so only the front side of the pillow showcased a pattern. All the backs were left plain.

 

I like to make my pillow covers a bit smaller than the pillow, so the pillows look really plump. However, that makes stuffing the pillows into the covers, and sewing the opening closed quite tricky!

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Finally, I stitched a button on the front, piercing the entire pillow and fastening it to the backside on a smaller button. (This prevents the thread from pulling through and ripping the cover.) Note the back and front view below.

 

I love how the buttons add style, transforming a plain old slip cover into something special.

 

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