We received a new quilt set for our bed and I’ve been really itching to get some throw pillows to compliment it, but haven’t seen the RIGHT ones yet. (I have a somewhat tropical idea of how our bedroom should be and I will not deviate from this image.) Well, on the way home from work last night, I stopped into a fabric store to find they were having a sale. (Lucky day!) So I putzed around until I found the perfect combination of fabrics for our bedroom… and then a little more for some other projects TBD.
Here’s what I got:
Now… The yellows and blues are EXACTLY what I was picturing for our bedroom, but the other fabrics (that BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT chevron and matching floral print and the hilarious mustache pattern) don’t necessarily have a specific home yet, but soon will. I’m just not 100% sure what I want to do with them. But stay tuned…
Anyway, the throw pillows: I wanted removable (aka WASHABLE) pillow covers in specific colors and patterns, so making them myself seemed like a perfect plan. I’ve made pillows before so it should be a piece of cake! Right???? Well, I completely forgot that I got rid of my modern (albeit cheap) sewing machine to make room for this expensive (and somewhat dated) number from Meems. (Reminder: That’s my grandmother.)
Whoops. I started to panic. The bobbins I had in my sewing kit didn’t fit. I didn’t know the right tension to use. Everything was different from what I was used to. Well, before throwing in the towel and calling in reinforcements, I poured myself a glass of wine, found the instruction book (and extra bobbins) in the drawer, and settled in for the night.
It probably took me a little longer than it normally would, but I did it! I tackled this green monster from the 1950’s and came out with 4 beautifully patterned throw pillows to add to our lovely bedroom:
Now… Here’s how you make the easiest throw pillow ever in six steps… with CHARTS!
***For the purposes of these illustrations, when you see “front” and “back” I am referring to the front and back of the FABRIC, not the pillow. The opening, where you insert your pillow into the cover, should always go in the BACK.