Thank you, Modify viewing audience, who read the last blog post, “Who Knew? You Decide!” After all the work and research that went into that article, I was more than ready for some fun this week. We are about to take a detour from serious writing to creative sharing…and the topic is pillows!!
Pillows and lots of pillows have been the trend for a number of years! There are sophisticated home décor pillows as well as seasonal pillows that celebrate fall, winter, spring, summer and all the holidays throughout the year. Theme pillows in children’s rooms reflect what they love and what is popular and trending in their age group, too. There comes a point when the pillows that are no longer favored begin to take up storage only to buy new pillows to meet changing trends and décor taste. Problem! Solution??
Introducing pillow scarfing, a no-sew option
While at the mall the other day I went into Crate and Barrel. Browsing through the store I came across beautiful cloth napkins. The fabric is sturdy and the designs are awesome! The size is perfect at 19” x 19”. Always thinking about repurposing, I thought these napkins would make great pillow covers!! I bought two and the photo shows the result after using my existing pillows (16” x 16”), which needed refreshing. As the photo shows, a print cloth fabric is used for the front and a solid gray cloth napkin for the back, making this a reversible pillow. Below is an illustration of the steps to create this look.
A seam ripper was used to put holes below the seam line in the fabric along the top, sides, and bottom. You can also use pointy sharp scissors. A wire ribbon was then threaded through. If the pillow is going to be in reach of youngsters and pets, suggest a non-wire ribbon, although you might need larger holes in the fabric to thread the ribbon through. You can add more holes along the top and side borders for ribbon but I tend to prefer a shabby chic look so having slight openings on the sides of the pillow works. Another great look is putting holes above the seam line and using twine. A longer strand of twine can be twisted in the center to hang a decorative button as an embellishment. When you want to change out the fabric pattern, perhaps during the holidays, untie, fold and put the existing covers away and replace with holiday theme cloth napkins, either reusing the ribbon or twine or adding new ribbon. The pillow forms remain! NOTE: I found it easiest to pin the cloth napkins to the pillow and then mark and make hole openings.
How do you use this concept for children theme pillows? There are a few ways to go about this.
- Iron theme appliqués to solid colored cloth napkins.
- Use theme fleece fabric as the printed side with solid colored fabric (or cloth napkins) on the backside, either ironing a ¼ inch seam to the unfinished edge or leaving the edge unfinished, as fleece won’t unravel.
- Use cotton theme fabric purchased at the yardage store. Click Here for an example at Joann Fabrics. Steam iron a ¼ seam. You can use no-sew seam tape or fabric glue to keep the seam in place, if you prefer. I found both no-sew adhesive products at Walmart. See links to Resources below.
- Use décor printed pillowcase. Place the pillow on the case, and pin mark for a 1-inch allowance. Cut down the center of the pillow case starting from the finished cuffed edge. Place the pillow in the case to the pin. Place pillow in the case and tie at the top. You can also place the pillow in the center to pin mark one-inch allowance on either side to tie at both ends. The photo shows an example of tied at one end.
- Sew a button to hang embellishments. Shown in the center photo above is a Christmas ornament hanging from the button.
- Take a favorite fabric and fold, iron, and tie as shown below using plaid fabric. The result in the pillow as shown above, on the bed.
These pillow scarf projects are perfect for kids to get creative and make their own, although if cutting holes is needed in the fabric to thread ribbon or twine, reserve this task for ADULTS only. Seam rippers and sharp scissors can be dangerous for a child’s hands.
If you enjoy décor pillows as much as I do, and you are looking to save on storage and $$, creative pillow scarfing can be a unique way to have some fun and create your own theme and seasonal pillows!