Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Easy, fun accent pillows!

There's nothing I love more than an easy and pretty DIY project when I want to do something fun and creative in the midst of chaotic projects and DIY Drama. Amen, right? Especially when that project produces a designer home accent.

Kirsten from 6th Street Design School shares this great idea! (Thanks Kirsten!) Here is her post:

From Napkins to Pillows

I have been looking for some pillows to add some color to our bedroom. I am fairly picky about my pillows but I was also on a tight budget. Enter....Anthropologie. I was browsing the sale section (the only place I shop there) when I saw theses beautiful napkins. $3.95 each! Full of color and pattern I thought I might be able to turn them into pillows for our bedroom.

And I did!

It took me all morning to do. (I'm not the best seamstress in the world.) The how-to was pretty simple. I just sewed them together inside out. Then I stuffed the pillow in and hand-sewed the bottom. I did have to remove and then reapply the tassels.

I love that I could get a designer look, complete with tassels, for only 8 bucks a pillow. Now if I could only make a duvet cover out of napkins to match.

Gorgeous, yes?

How about winning some fabric to make some pretty pillows? Enter the drawing for a chance! Look at the fabric prize in the giveaway from Hawthorne Threads. Beautiful!

Half Yard Bundle of fabric from Franchelle Conteras for Henry Glass Fabrics,
called "South Hampton" (a total of 4 yards!).

South Hampton in Fuchsia and Robin's Egg Blue
Franchelle Conteras

Manufacturer: Henry Glass
Designer: Franchelle Conteras
Collection: South Hampton
Bundle Name: South Hampton in Fuchsia and Robin's Egg Blue

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I'm in crazy-vote-begging mode for the rest of the week. Honestly, seriously, you all have been amazing. The # of votes is humbling. I appreciate your help and I'm so touched by your big giving hearts and enthusiasm! My sitemeter shows a lot of visitors. (Hi!) ..please, if you're here and you haven't already, I'd love it if you could take few seconds to cast a vote for me! I know we have a 1 in 10 chance, but I need your help to make it to #1! Thanks everyone! Please click below to vote:


Hissyfits & Halos said...

I love the colors in those. I saw something similar to this on a design website. But, those corner tassles give these an awesome look! TJ Maxx always has big bold napkins. {and usually only two or three, never enough for a full set! lol Perfect, right?}

You really didn't have to beg. I already voted today. ;)

Stephanie said...

I have those napkins :) and planned to make a pillow out of them...very cute! Your's turned out great.

Off to vote!

Lisa said...

beautiful colors! Great job

~ RM said...

That's a smart system, that vote counter! I tried to vote twice, and it wouldn't let me! ;)

Love those pilows, hard to believe they were only $8 each! Good job!

Prost to the Host said...

Voted! Good luck! I am sure you will win.

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

My kind of project!! I may have to try that!

RM, you can vote twice but you need to use a different computer. I vote once on my laptop and then once on my desktop. Hmmm, I should get on hubby's laptop and vote a THIRD time!!


Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

P.S. LOVE the pillows!! So colorful, make me smile!


Hollis said...

Those are really beautiful! I love them! I love that they were so inexpensive too. Anthropologie is a great store! I could spend a million dollars in there!

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

VERY cute pillows! Moving on to the voting... I am voting daily, at work and home for you but I have a question. Why is it that you can vote as many times you want when you are picking the American Idol, but only once for you! What if DIY projects rank right up there to bloggers as singers to others? Just not fair. Ok, I feel better. Hope you win!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I've been voting for you every day!

Sandy said...

Great job, love all the color. I've been giving you the votes, I hope you win.

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a gorgeous print - Love it!

The Stylish House said...

OK, I just did my daily vote! I'm pulling for you. These pillows are a GREAT IDEA! I currently have a client who is wild about Anthropologie, and I just purchase a BIG GULP expensive chair from there. They have some very cool stuff, but it comes at a high price, so I love this.

Kim said...

I've done this before! It really brightened up the bed. I like the shams behind them, too.

pk said...

I love the fabric these pillows are made from - so fun and cheerful!

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

The pillows are bright and beautiful! I keep meaning to make some napkin pillows. Thanks for sharing.
I have another idea too. You know those placemats that have 2 layers. Sort of a lining on the back? Well you cut a small slit at the bottom of the 2 layers, stuff, and sew up by hand. Instant rectangle pillow, and no machine. You can also fold them in half, sew them up on 3 sides, turn right side out and add a strap. Instant purse. Just thought I'd share that.

K @ Prudent and Practical said...

Love the colors and the idea! I'm still voting when I stop by ~ good luck!

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

Those pillows are amazing! So beautiful, and you can't beat Anthropologie at a Wal-Mart (which I don't shop at, but you get me)price. ;)


Blair said...

I love this fabric! So bright and fun!

Joanna B said...

I love the tassels, so fun!
I did this with placemats in the summer, because I can't sew.http://blog.billigmeier.org/2009/08/easy-project-diy-pillows.html

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