Yep. I did it again. And I'm blogging about it…again. It's too good not to -- I won't stop till every one of you is making pillows from placemats and runners and all kinds of random linens. Will. not. stop.
This is probably the 125th time I've shared this trick but it's good people. It saves me so much money every year. The investment is in my time, but I'm so quick at these now it doesn't take long at all.
So, as always this time of year, I was ogling the Pottery Barn pillows in the catalog. They are so pretty, just so FALL. I'm just now starting to get into the thought of decorating for fall -- I've been purging so much and our house has been so clean and "light" feeling and I don't want to add much to it.
I like seasonal decor that can be used more than a couple weeks and that's easy to put away. These always fit both of those criteria. OH, and cheap. Also checks that one off.
So again, I'm loving the fall pillows and wanting them but they are like $30+ each for just the pillow covers. When I want one, sure. When I want a bunch, no way. Like years past, I started looking at other ways to make the look happen.
I found this runner at Marshall's (they have similar ones at TJ Maxx and HomeGoods too) and my diabolical plan starting coming together:
I've done this before with runners, but for more of a lumbar pillow. This one had four designs, two longer ones and two at the end that were more square. I loved that they were embroidered -- something that makes them look a little more expensive.
Here's what I did:
I measured from each end to make sure the design was centered. I cut them out (making sure to leave as much extra as possible on the sides). For those at the end of each side of the runner, if I left it as it was I would have had to hand sew the top part of the pillow. I wanted that to be the cleaner end so I took my seam ripper and opened up the bottom, then sewed the top part shut with the machine. Does that make sense? Otherwise the top would have been hand sewn and I wanted to avoid that where you would see it.
I only had to sew up one side of each one with the machine and one end by hand. I used a very simple stitch that will be easy to open up later so I can reuse the pillow forms.
For these I used the down pillows from Target I showed you here. They are super squishy which is good because these are smaller pillows. This runner was only 14 inches wide -- I knew they'd be smaller which was fine with me. Keep your eye out because there are tons of runners that are much wider.
I may have squealed out loud when I started stuffing them with the inserts:
I mean, come ON. That's adorable. A.DOR.ABLE.
I freaking love them!:
My oldie but goodie happened again too. You knew it would.
I loved these PB pillows:
So I did some digging and found some super cute Pottery Barn napkins that had the same look, and some cute plaid ones with the same colors:
These were on sale so I got eight napkins for about $45. To me that's a lot for eight napkins -- but it's SUPER good for eight pillows.
By the way, I found this runner at Marshall's that looks SO similar to the PB napkins and pillows:
Usually I'll just put two napkins together and make them the same on both sides. I wanted to make these really stretch so I used some duck cloth I had as the backing.
I just traced the napkins and cut out the cloth:
You face the good side of the napkin in, sew up three sides, then turn it back right side out and stuff.
I'm so quick at pillows now it only takes maybe five minutes for me to do each one. I will tell you -- I'm not an excellent sewer. Far from it. But pillows don't have to be perfect, thankfully. Most fabrics are very forgiving.
I used the inserts I already had in the pillows on the sofa and then sewed up the last side:
Because I had the inserts these cost me less than $6 each.
SCORE. BOOM. ALL THE CAPS.
I love the more muted tones for this season. So pretty:
I pulled out the knit covers as well and all the sudden the house is feeling so cozy:
It's supposed to hit mid-80's again tomorrow but after that I think we're home free. I'll want to pull more fall stuff out when I know it's going to cool down for good. I'm so looking forward to it -- this past weekend was such a nice tease.
I'll have these out for more than two months and I'll use them year after year so that's worth it to me. And this method is WAY cheaper, especially if you want a bunch of them! It was funny because I told the employee at PB what I do with the napkins and she did the same. Love it. ;) You can see how I did the same with fall placemats last year here.
Adding the fall colors around our home this time of year makes me so happy. This is the start to my favorite few months of the year!:
Go get yourself some napkins! Kitchen towels! Shower curtains! You can make pillows out of whatever textile you love.