Another bright idea I had one day after watching a decorating/re-decorating show was to make my own throw pillows. I wanted to brighten up my outdoor couch with a little color and sparkle. I checked out the prices for throw pillows and was shocked to find them as high as $20+ per pillow! “I can make those myself for much less than that!” I said to myself. The only problem with this bright idea was…..I can’t sew. Well, at least not sew well with like a sewing machine. I don’t even own a sewing machine. I have needle and thread and can, you know, sew on a button or close a small hole but that my friends, is the extent of my sewing skill.
Never to let my lack of skill stop me from doing anything (especially saving money), I looked into some no sew diy videos. There were quite a few so I felt quite confident delving into my new adventure. You know I can’t do anything without coupons so I downloaded the JoAnn Fabrics app which came loaded with coupons and made my merry way on to her store.
I found 3 fabrics that I liked and believed would go well in my outdoor space. One floral piece that looked quite “couchy” to me but the lady at the JoAnn talked me into the gold metallic one instead. She said it would better compliment the maroon glitter one that I was definitely going to purchase. I ended up getting just 1 yard of each. The total cost for both of these was $18 using coupons. Essentially, I will be making 4 pillows for less than the cost of one pre-made pillow!
It looks like my camera washes out the color of the gold metallic fabric so I tried to tweak it and get a closer look.
I used two pillows that I already owned as a guide to how big I wanted each pillow to be. These two fit perfectly in the 1 yard of fabric.
I repeated the same process with the other fabric. I cut each in the center leaving the pre-creased seam as one side of the pillow.
With the gold metallic fabric, I ironed in one side about a quarter of an inch. This side will be left open in order to add the stuffing then glued shut.
With the fabric inside out, I glued the other two sides together using a hot glue gun.
And voila, you have what looks like a pillow case! Notice how you can’t tell that that seams were glued instead of sewn.
With the other fabric, I couldn’t iron the seam because it is mostly glitter so I glued the seem in 1/4 inch.
And here are my four glued pillow cases:
If you’re a hoarder like me, you may have an old comforter/duvet laying around that you no longer use. In my defense, we could have had guests one day and needed an extra comforter and…..ok, we never have guests over. I just don’t like to throw things away that I could possibly use one day for a diy no sew pillow project, ok? So, conveniently, I was able to easily remove the stuffing to use for my pillows. Cost for that…$0!!
I stuffed the cases until they were to my liking then glued the last opening. Here is the final result!
In person, these pillows are a lot more “dazzling” than they appear in these pictures.
There is my diy on a dime. I imagine that this could have been done even cheaper if you already had items around that you no longer used that can be converted into a pillow case. Hmmm…I may look into that. In the meantime…..
I have a couple more projects that I’m working on in this “Penny-Pincher Chronicles” series that you don’t want to miss! So be sure to come back.
See you soon!