Spring is here! Well, almost… but, it’s definitely here in my head. I’ve started with the deep cleaning, the opening of the windows, the stopping to listen to the birds sing… oh ya… this is happening.
ANYWAY… to go along with all this Spring freshness, my current throw cushions have a target on their backs. Time for a little something new! And, hey, why not get exactly what I want on a budget, and with a little DIY? (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
It started when I found these beauties on sale at Homesense…
Nice down-filled pillows (with red pillow cases). Fantastic quality, very high “karate-chop” factor, and on the cheap. The pair were $24. Score! The case colour wasn’t right for my living room, but they will work in the new nursery stuffed with my old throw cushions. Double score! It’s like getting 4 pillows for the sale price of 2.
Ok, but back to the living room. What about new pillow cases? Oh yes… how about some Turkish-style tea towels? Crazy you say! Well, let me show you the most easy tea towel pillow case, ever!
Aren’t these pretty? Only $7 for each pair. I needed one pair per pillow (front and back). So $14 to handle two pillow cases. You with me? Yeah, we’re in good shape… and here is all there is to it:
After ironing each tea towel, I lined it up on top of the down pillow. The height was perfect, but to fit the width, I added a pleat in the centre, by folding (or tucking) it over once, and made a perfect square.
I ironed the pleat down, and repeated the process with the second tea towel.
Then, I lined them up, right-side to right-side, and took them over to my sewing machine.
All that was left to do was sew a straight line, connecting the two sides together along the top of the pleats, and then again along the bottom of the pleats. Creating a “tube”.
Once I had my tube, I stuffed my down pillow inside. Then, took the whole thing back over to the sewing machine, and closed the sides up, with one more straight-line sew (in a coordinated thread colour), along each side.
That’s it. Done like dinner.
Yep, sewed it up on the outside (right sides), with the pillow insert inside… I’m a rebel!
Look at that fringe! I didn’t even have to sew it on (that’s the best part)! Didn’t I tell you it was easy?! I mean, that’s it. No more steps.
Sure, you could complicate things with a zipper if you want… but, I only ever spot clean my throw cushions anyway, so I’m good. Let’s keep it easy breezy.
So, there she sits. It was maybe 10 minutes of sewing, per pillow? Maybe. I think I spent more time ironing. It’s so good guys — run out and snag some cute tea towels, and get your Spring Freshening on, y’all!
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