Monday, April 19, 2010

Cheater Accent Pillow

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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Estee April 19, 2010 at 8:22 AM  

Thanks! this looks easy and fun. I also don't have a sewing machine.

Patrice April 19, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

I love the way it looks in your room. That blue wall color is gorgeous!

Dawn Buie April 19, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

Now that is super cute! Great idea!

Patti @ Pandoras Box April 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM  

I like how you stenciled it - cute pillow...stop over for a chance for a giveaway

One Cheap B*tch April 19, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

I love your pillow! And I love when I don't have to sew something so two thumbs up!


honeysuckle April 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

Your pillow looks very expensive and I like that you did it yourself! Great job.

Unknown April 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

I fall into the same category as you - no sewing machine. You made this look easy. Thank you!

Melissa {polkadot chair} April 19, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

I'm so glad to find another Kentucky blogger!!! I love your blog!
If you do any derby stuff let me know and I'll link it up for sure!!!

Morgan//Nuts and Bows April 19, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

This turned out so amazing! You guys are so creative!!


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TidyMom April 20, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

What a cute and simple idea!!

Linda@Coastal Charm April 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

What CUTE THRIFTY no-sew pillow...come by and show it off at my PAR-TAY...hope to see you there:)


I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

Unknown April 21, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

This is a great no sew project!! Love that you used and old sham. Great job!!

Suzanne@Meridian Road April 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

This looks great!

Helena April 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

I have those EXACT same limitations! And I've seen so many beautiful pillow ideas out there, it's driving me crazy. This is such a great idea.

Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

Amber April 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

I LOVE the stamp! It looks awesome!

Heidi Joncas April 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

So beautiful and easy. Great combo! I am going to have to get a stamp like that and try it out. I love it!

Amy @ Positively Splendid April 23, 2010 at 9:59 AM  

Love the stamping here! And terrific to post an idea for those who might not having sewing machines!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans April 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

I love how it turned out! Great job! : )

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home April 23, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

Great project! Very cute! If you have time, I'd love for you to come by and link up for my Friday Favorites party!

Lara Harris April 23, 2010 at 11:20 AM  

LOve these! BraVO! :)

missDDT April 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

Very nice :D

I may make these for my sofa in my living room!

* I found you on It's Fun to Craft *

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage April 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

You are my hero! I love no sew projects and the pillow is CUTE!!!

Cindy April 23, 2010 at 12:41 PM  

That is a really cute project, good for you!!! Hugs, Cindy S

Becca Ross April 23, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

Love this!! My kids could even help with this! Thanks for linking up at Home and Family Friday. hope to see you next week too!


Looking Glass Jewels April 23, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I have a sewing machine... somewhere.... sitting all alone and dusty. I am afraid of it - the last few times I used it, it made me cry. So, no sewing for me! This is the perfect solution - and you absolutely cannot tell it wasn't sewn! Perfect!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien April 24, 2010 at 12:01 AM  

What a great pillow! I love it! And it was so simple to make; just my kind of project--easy and super cute--and using things you already had!

FrouFrouBritches April 24, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

Very cute! I love that stamp.

Stacey April 28, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

What a darling pillow. That stamp is great!! I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

Crystal October 17, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

thanks for the awesome idea! I totally have that stamp!

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