April 29, 2010

Pillows for You and Me

I bought some long thin pillow inserts to make pillows for these two chairs a month ago and I've been trying to decide what kind of pillow to make.  I wanted to brighten up this side of the room with the turquoisey-blue and I had a little bit of fabric left from the "pull it all together pillow."  So, I decided to make these pillows just for me and you.


Here's what I did.

1) Measure the pillow inserts.  I don't like stuffing pillows with batting because they always look lumpy and cheap.  I coughed up the money to buy these so my pillows would look nice.  They're from Hobby Lobby.


2) I cut my fabric to the exact same measurements of the pillow.  (Yes, you'll lose some length with your seams, but you want it to fit nice and snug.)  The top blue fabric I made an extra two inches wider, so I'd have the space to add that opening.


3) Cut the blue piece into two pieces.  I cut mine off-centered.  Hem one side.  I created a little edging for the other side by ironing some of the muslin and making a casing.  I used the same casing to make a little loop for the button. 

4) Place the right sides against each other and sew your pillow up.  I pinned the opening so it wouldn't shift.  The nice thing about this style of pillow is that you don't have to leave a spot open to invert it.  You have the whole opening to work with. 


5) I did some freezer paper stenciling to paint on the words "me" and "you."  I wanted it to look a little faded, so I wiped most of the paint off the brush and then used it to paint on the words.  It kind of looks like the writing you'd see on a burlap sack.

6) Get your buttons ready.  They have these cool buttons at JoAnn's that look kind of rustic, but they are around $5 a piece.  No thank you!  I bought these large ones at Wal-mart for $1 each instead.  I painted them blue, then red, and sanded them a bit to rough them up.  This way they help bring in some of the red, too.  Yeah!  (I love red.)


7) Sew on your buttons, invert your pillow, insert the pillow part, and call your sister to tell her about these cool new pillows you just made.


I'll have a spot ready for "you" the next time you drop in.


We'll sit down and have a little chat and I'll be right here.


Thanks so much for coming by.  Hope you found something fun to try out.  Have a great day.  Tomorrow is a nice easy Feature Friday and I'll be posting some of the amazing things you've made AND I'll announce the winner of the Anthro-inspired necklace.  Woo-hoo!  See you then!

SIDE NOTES:  I'm going to try to answer these before you can ask.  The chairs are from Target.  The little side table is from Wal-mart.  The rug is from Target as well and they still carry it.  The plant is slowing dying....whoops.  I'm trying to help it make a comeback :)

29 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea for lumbar pillow covers! So PB-ish... but so not PB prices!! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. very cool, just the you and me idea in general is really so sweet. Great job and reading your ohdeedoh interview was fun. I still can't believe how many projects you bust out! :)

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  3. Whatta cute idea. I love these!

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  4. What about the lamp, where's that from, huh? Just kidding :) Nice pillows but I must say the button is my fav.

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  5. LOVE these pillows! Way to go

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  6. Wow, I love those. Would be cute on a bed too. You are one creative lady!

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  7. Adorable pillows! You are so stinkin' creative!

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  8. Those are adorable, Cheri! Sooo cute. I's thinking of doing something similar on my bed. A "Moi et Vous" type of thing. :)

    And leave it to you to already be featured some place else RIGHT after you posted. :)

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  9. I can't tell you how much I love the "me" and "you" on the pillows - so great!

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  10. I just love your attention to detail- right down to the buttons! Thanks so much for the great idea, I love these pillows! I'll be linking.

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  11. so cute! the button is a nice touch! Great job! : )

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  12. I love them! So fun. Thanks for the great idea. :)

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  13. The pillows are really cute, well done! :)

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  14. Love them, but you need a picture of them thrown on the floor with chocolate smeared across them to see how they would look at my house!!! ;0) Very nice place to curl up with a good book!!

    Blessings,

    KT

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  15. i love these they are perfect and so cute....your trim detail and the buttons really make it special

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  16. Love these pillows! The button detail is PERFECT!

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  17. What a cute and clever idea! They turned out great. The trim and button really dressed them up.

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  18. What great pillows!!
    You did a super job.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

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  19. LOVE THEM!
    Thanks for sharing a tutorial on how you made them!
    Jenn

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  20. Hi, I'm new here! Stopped by from Donna's place! These are amazing! I want to do the same thing now! So inspiring! Thanks for the tutorial as well!
    I love the denim-like fabric the leather chair combo!

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  21. Thanks for this awesome tutorial!!
    I´ve linked it on my blog. :)

    Eleonora, an Italian gilr in Sweden

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  22. Oh those are just fun. I love the little buttons!

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  23. These are great!

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  24. I love a sense of humor and it is fun to bring it into decorating like you have done and I love the shape of those pillows. So comfy and they stay in place better than the traditional square ones.
    Pamela

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  25. Hey There! I found you over at "Whitney Sews" and have been cruising around. Awesome idea for the buttons! They look so rustic! Definitely some creativity!

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  26. Really cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. cute idea cheri!

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