Friday, May 21, 2010

Easy Accent Pillows

I want to start off by saying I do know how to sew (sort of).
That is not the issue.
I do have a sewing machine (but it is very basic).
The issue here is more one of impatience.
Why take the time to do the job right when a quick job will do just fine.

Ok, with the preamble over I will get on to the project.

Accent pillows are one of my favorite ways to change up a room. We all know fabric makes a big difference in how a room looks and feels. I love to change up my accent pillows often. Mostly my pillows are plain colours but I am learning to embrace pattern too.

While the basement lies unfinished there is nowhere for my sewing machine to live (except under the stairs). So hauling it out just for a new accent pillow is kinda a pain. Not to mention the trip to the fabric store and taking over the dining room table which, let's face it, are just too time consuming right now.

So, I have resorted to a much simpler, quicker and cheaper solution. I saw it on Martha. It was the idea of one of her guests, which makes sense as I assume Martha has her own seamstress on salary. And a whole room for her sewing machine.

Here we go.

Supply list- cloth napkins, glue gun, old pillow you now think is ugly.

Here's where it gets tricky... glue the edges of the napkin together, stuff the pillow in before you finish, then glue up the extra seam.

Phew. You are done.

The only thing left is for your husband to come in and remark on the constant influx of unnecessary accent pillows. That's when you know it's perfect.

Occasionally the seams pull open a bit. This is easily repaired with... you guessed it, the glue gun. They look pretty good and since cloth napkins are cheap on sale (these green ones were a buck each) and you only need 2 per pillow - you can just redo them if they get dirty or you decide you love new colours. Like I do almost every month.

I am linking up to the Frugal Friday linky party at the Shabby Nest.
Even though I am pretty sure some one did this exact thing a few weeks ago with placemats and linked it there. Oh well, great minds...


  1. I love this idea! I will definitely be stealing it!

  2. Awesome, I will have to try this! Thanks so much for the nice comments about my chair and I can't wait to see how yours turn out!! : )

  3. This is a great idea~especially if you like to change things up often. What is it with guys and their dislike of pillows?

  4. Tagged you on my blog for something...check it out.