Learn how to style your home on a budget with money-saving throw pillow tips + DIY your own pillow covers to get the look of those pricey leopard throw pillows for under $25.
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 always 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. Just follow the 4-step tutorial below.
Four-Step Throw Pillow Cover DIY
What You'll Need:
- Fabric of your choice
- Straight pins
- Needle and thread
- 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 much 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!
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Love this! Your home is gorgeous!
I love making pillows and they are a quick and easy decorating change. I like to make the envelope pillows to I can wash and change the covers out easily.
Jen Smith says
So cute! And with Joanne's coupons you could get nice fabrics and the price would still be super reasonable. pinning this for later!
JAMALA WALLACE says
I have a pillow crush too! your's are extremely gorgeous...I saw the tip to get down cushions.. I hit every thrift store and Goodwills, all their pillows are $2.00 (sometimes $1.00) and I buy every one of them.. And just stack my pillows 🙂
Thank you! And thanks for the tip!