I have been seeing lots of fun pillows popping up everywhere, including Tiffany’s incredible assortment, and I am always jealous because they are so adorable, but fall into that category of stuff that I just can’t mess with because I don’t have a sewing machine. (Other “stuff that I can’t mess with” are projects that require power tools, a husband who enjoys tackling projects around the house, an assumption that there is spare wood lying around, etc. I am happy for these limitations because they reduce the number of projects I can obsess with completing. But I digress.) Anyway, I recently thought of a loophole for my pillow dilemma, and was able to make this fabulous pillow with no sewing involved!
I had a large pillow sham that I wasn’t using, and this summer I cut up several pieces and framed them for some cheap art for our bedroom. The top half of the pillow sham was still intact, so I grabbed my handy stamp and fabric paint, and stamped a pattern across the top.
I trimmed the edges so that they were straight, and then turned to my old friend, HeatnBond. I bonded (I don’t really know what you call this), about 3/4 of the way across my pillow with this stuff, waited for it to cool and then flipped it and stuffed it.
I then bonded the last portion of the pillow. It was not easy to iron this part, especially while holding back the stuffing to make sure that it wouldn’t melt. But I still maintain that it was faster and easier (for me, anyway) then sewing.
This just left the very end openings,
which I also managed not to sew…
and you never would be able to tell.
The pillow had this decorative ruffled edge, which still shows on three sides, and since I closed up the bottom of the pillow, I didn’t need to worry about replicating this for uniformity or anything. Perfect and easy.
If I hadn’t already used the rest of the sham, I could have easily made 2 pillows with no sewing! Perfect! I think this pattern with some white paint would look amazing on a bright fabric. Hmm, where else do I need an accent pillow…?
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