Shabby Chic Pillow

Materials List:
Two pieces of fabric, 17″ x 17″
Matching thread
Scrap chenille, 17″ x 6″
Two pieces of scrap lace, 17″ long
Three buttons
Polyester fiberfill

Suggested Tool List:
Hand needle
Sewing machine
Steam iron
Straight edge
Tape measure
Straight pins

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!


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