I love the way throw pillows can really make a room come together and feel complete. I also love that with a quick switch-a-roo to new pillows the whole room can feel fresh and new. And even more, I love it when pillows can coordinate with seasonal decor and colors. But I know that none of us really want to spend money buying new pillows all the time, or storing them while they are out of rotation. And the good news is, we don't have to! So today we are going to look at making simple pillow cases for our throw pillows, so we can keep using the same old pillows but give them a new look whenever we want (and save tons of $$$ and space in the process!
This is so much more efficient than buying whole new pillows! To start with, you can check out this tutorial I made on making simple covers for throw pillows. It will give you the details on how to turn any pillows, like these from my old bedding set...
...into spiffy new pillows that actually match your decor! It is probably the easiest thing I know how to sew, and a great place to start if you are a beginner!
Project Cost Breakdown:
$2.00 - 1 yard of fabric (from WalMart)
$0 - pillows (already had them)
And yes, those old red pillows really are in there. Here is proof:
So you can definitely make any old pillow work in your home in a fresh new way. The tutorial I mentioned is for basic, simple pillow cases, but it could pretty easily be dressed to make all kinds of fancy pillow cases. Here are a couple examples from pinterest I would love to try:
here is a great tutorial for making pillows with flowers & stripes, it could easily be converted to pillow cases
the bow pillow - this tutorial makes a pillow case with a zipper, but could be converted to a zipperless style cover
Really, the possibilities are endless. So go find those pillows around you home and unlock their potential! It's amazing what a difference it will make! Maybe try something with yellows and reds for fall? Or maybe with a leaf applique? What ideas do you have for dressing up throw pillows?