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How to sew a pillow {you did what with a skirt #shesentmewhat}

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Today I am sharing how to sew a pillow but not without sharing a little background first on this project. A few weeks ago I was contacted by my friend Jen at Jen Rizzo, asking if I would like to participate in a fun “she sent me what?” blog hop party. At first, I was like, “you want me to do what?” She wanted me, along with 20 other bloggers to head to our local thrift store and purchase a random inexpensive item and mail it to another blogger. If you are coming from Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, welcome! Kristen sent me a beauty to work with ;).

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Once I found out who I had to ship my thrifty find to, I knew it was time to have some fun:). Keep reading, you will see if I tortured her or not with the item I sent her. My item arrived from Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and I was pleasantly surprised and a bit relieved to see a beautifully patterned orange skirt.

LOVED her adorable stationary she sent me with the sweetest note. She is a true rockstar..….

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She could have tortured me with some insane looking thrifty find, but she was kind!  My job, to now use this skirt to create something for our home. At first I was thinking, hmmm, maybe I could wear this but it was to big so a new pillow cover was what I decided to use the skirt for. Don’t forget, clothing can be cut and transformed into something beautiful.

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I cut the skirt apart, essentially removing the edges and creating a square. Pretend it’s just fabric you bought at your local fabric store.

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Once the fabric was cut, I placed the two square pieces on top of each other (the orange sides touching) and sewed a small hem around 3 sides leaving one side open so I could slide in a throw pillow.

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I added a christmas throw pillow inside my newly created pillow cover and realized, I didn’t have a zipper to close up my pillow cover! I decided to use sew on Velcro that worked perfectly!

how to sew a pillowIf sewing a zipper intimidates you, don’t worry, sew on velcro works great. I mean, it’s not professional by any stretch of the imagination but I am not a professional seamstress and never will be. Just be sure to sew a small hem on the fabric where you will be adding the velcro. Sew them hem first, then sew on the velcro. This way, once the velcro is sealed, your edge will look nice. As you can see in the image above, I forgot to sew my hem first and had to rip out all of my stitches on the velcro and then add my hem :(.

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There you have it, a fun cute pillow that fits perfectly on our desk chair in the study.

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So now that you know how to rip apart a skirt and how to sew a pillow, lets head over to see what I sent Beth from Home Stories A to Z. Do you think I was naughty or nice? It’s a beauty!

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Here is the entire list from start to finish of all the participating bloggers!

Jennifer Rizzo
Funky Junk Interiors
My Sweet Savannah
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Four Generations One Roof
Home Stories A to Z
Today’s Creative Blog
Jeanne Oliver Designs
French Country Cottage
Finding Home
The Inspired Room
The Handmade Home
Eclectically Vintage
Makely School for Girls
East Coast Creative
Infarrantly Creative
At Home on the Bay
Thistlewood Farms
Serendipity Refined
At the Picket Fence
Not Just a Housewife

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21 Comments

  1. It turned out super cute Jessica! And it goes perfect in that space!Thanks you so much for being a part of the party!

  2. Love your pillow- cute idea and way to re-use the fabric! xo

  3. Jess,

    I love that pillow….but seriously….the chair? And the sign on the wall in the study? I think you need to upcycle that to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ๐Ÿ™‚ me

  4. The pillow turned out just beautiful!!!! Love the vibrant color in your office, glad I was nice ๐Ÿ™‚
    XO
    Kristin

  5. Love the pillow! Thrift store clothes = fabric. Excellent!

  6. Such a fun challenge! That skirt looks great as a pillow!!

  7. Charlotte says:

    Great idea …..Makes me wanna clean out my closet and make some pillows….

  8. This is so great! I would not have known what to do but I love how you put it with the cowhide and the stripes! So fun for spring! ;}

  9. Teddee Grace says:

    Weren’t you lucky it was too big! Clever use of the fabric.