What is it about girls and pillows? Or maybe by “girls” I mean me…what is it about me and pillows? I don’t really know but I just love them. They are such an easy way to change up your decor and I feel like they’re just an essential part of a home’s look. You can play with the textures and patterns in a room easily without having to invest in large pieces of furniture–whether it’s a body pillow on your bed or a bunch of throw pillows on the couch.
Speaking of investing: I’m going to share a few tips to help you fill your home with attractive, custom pillows without breaking the bank! I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a frugal person (my mom regularly says “I don’t know where you get that from. You are just so cheap!”) so it should come as no surprise that I’m not at all with the price tags attached to the gorgeous little stuffed squares of fabric that float across my Pinterest screen or grace my favorite bloggers’ sofas. Even Homegoods’ prices give me pause, if that gives you an idea of what I’m talking about. Still, I knew that a good number of pillows were needed in order to achieve the desired aesthetic in my home. I took to the internet and found this tip for finding quality pillow forms for much less. I also grabbed a few from Michael’s and JoAnn Fabric using the 50-60% off coupons they send via email and postal mail. If you don’t get their mailings, you can typically find coupons on their websites as well.
For the fabric, I took to a few different sources: Joann Fabric (again), eBay, and World Lace, which is an ankara fabric shop here in Houston. Creating the covers was easy. I followed these four steps:
- Cut fabric into a piece that is the height and twice the length of the pillow.
- Fold in half with the pattern facing inwards and pin two of the edges in place with straight pins.
- Sew the two edges closed, remove the pins and flip right-side-out.
- Insert pillow form and sew remaining side closed.
All in, each pillow cost less than $20, with the exception of the leopard-print ones, which were just under $25. That’s still only a fraction of what they go for on Etsy and elsewhere, so I’m not losing any sleep about it. 🙂 I I have a couple of throw pillows that were gifts to me but pretty much every other one in my home is homemade. I won’t go so far as to say that you can never have too many pillows, but an abundance is certainly better than a dearth, especially when you have company. When I have overnight guests, I don’t ever have to worry about where they’ll (literally) rest their heads.
I hope this is helpful to you in customizing your space. Let me know below if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!