Shabby Chic Pillow
Two pieces of fabric, 17″ x 17″
Scrap chenille, 17″ x 6″
Two pieces of scrap lace, 17″ long
Suggested Tool List:
Total Construction Time:
About one hour
What This Project Cost Me: $1.55
Material: One yard of fabric at $2.00/yard, 1/2 yard used: $1.00
Matching thread: $1.29/spool (will do 100’s of projects!) About 10 cents
Fiberfil: $2.65/bag (will do about 6 projects): About 45 cents
How to Make the Pillow:
|Decide how you want your pillow to look and lay out your materials, choosing ones that are complementary to each other. A good rule of thumb is to pick patterns that are about the same scale.
|For everything but the main body of the pillow, I went through my scrap bin and chose from what I found in there: some chenille and a little ruffled lace. I also chose 3 antique buttons from my grandmother’s button tin. In the finished pillow, I decided not to use the green check that you see in the picture. The pillow got too busy.
|Decide on the size of your pillow. If you want a 16″ finished size, cut your pieces to 17″, allowing 1″ for seam allowance. Cut two pieces of equal size. Invest in a good self-healing cutting mat and rotary cutter. Press out the wrinkles as this will be your last chance to do so.
|Attach your embellishments to the right side of the front of the pillow. I found the center of the pillow and laid out the chenille. I then laid the lace over the edge of the chenille and pinned it in place. I stitched down the middle of the lace, careful to catch the edge of the chenille underneath. I then sewed on the buttons.
|Turn your two pieces right sides together, pin in place and stitch 1/2″ in around three sides. On the fourth side, leave an opening large enough for your hand to slip in. Turn your project right side out.
|Stuff your pillow with small handfuls of premium polyester fiber. Pull large lumps apart to keep your pillow uniformly stuffed.
|Hand sew the opening with a blind stitch and you’re done!