Sewing Pillows to Boost Your Home Décor

Do you have a favorite type of sewing project you love to make, over and over? Though I've been branching out lately, quilts are my go-to project. For some reason, I always seem to forget that sewing pillows is a fun, manageable project that can yield awesome results.

My pillows could use a facelift. 

The throw pillows adorning my living room couch and chair are the same ones I've had for about three years now. I don't rotate different pillows in based on the season or holiday. I simply have three beige pillows with red, blue, and green stripes that never change.

But it might be time for a pillow change in my life. Instead of migrating to the quilting cottons or cozy flannels (I'm working on a few bibs and other small projects for friends expecting babies), the next time I'm at the fabric store I'm going to peruse the home dec aisles for some good pillow material.

Or, I can keep it simple and raid my stash to see what inspires me. Any way you slice it, I think it's time for a pillow upgrade. Sewing new pillow slipcovers will be an easy way to spruce up my living room without a major overhaul.

If you're looking for some new home décor projects, check out the Reflected Wedges Table Runner from Modern Patchwork.

What about you? Do you ever overlook something simple like sewing new pillows? Or is there another project you've realized would be good to work into your rotation? I can't wait to hear. 

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Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

5 thoughts on “Sewing Pillows to Boost Your Home Décor

  1. Pillows are easy and fun to change up the sofa. When I purchased a new ready-made valence for my family room not too long ago, I also purchased a panel of the same fabric. I made some pillows from the panel and decorated them with piping and fringe for a matching look. I also ran across decorator samples that were for discontinued fabrics and were only $1 each. They were about 16 inches square and came in a variety of prints, stripes and solids. For $2 and the cost of a zipper, I have new decorator pillows!

  2. This is “sew” basic that I hesitate to take your time. In the past, ladies crocheted doilies for head rests to protect their chairs from oily heads. Also, for family use, they often put down a towel on the seat. I did the obvious thing and hemmed some scraps that matched the recovered footstool and window valance. Now, I don’t have to remove them from my velveteen recliner for informal company because they look terrific. P.S. This is for a family room — cottage chic style.