Disclaimer: I received Pillow Cubes products for free in exchange for writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
I am starting to make good use of my sewing machine that I’ve had for more than 3 years now. I once was afraid to tackle real patterns, so I only used it to revamp clothes I would find while thrifting. I still haven’t followed a pattern for anything, but I’m getting more creative with it – I’ll reach the pattern following level one day! This pattern was adapted from one I found online. My main fabric was thrifted (reuse = sustainable, yaye!) several years ago (I’m working on my hoarding issues – I’m much better, really), and my accent fabric is from Jo Ann.
Pillow Cubes mailed me a pillow form to review and tell y’all about. Why do I actually love it? Pillow Cube offers several different types of pillows – varying in size, make and shape. They typically come in bulk ranging from as few as 3 to as many as 20, depending on the size and shape of the pillow. If you guessed that I ordered the “eco-friendly” Pillow Cube, you are so right! The exterior fabric is made with unbleached 100% cotton, and the interior is filled with American-made recycled plastic fiber. As much as I love craft stores, I have no idea where or how the pillow forms that I purchase there are really made. I felt easy going into making this pillow knowing that I made choices to reuse old fabric, and fill the pillow case with a consciously made stuffing. Thank you, Pillow Cubes, for giving me a more sustainable and ethical pillow form option!
– 1 yard of main fabric
– 1/4 yard accent fabric
– 1 Pillow Cube (any size)
– sewing machine
– sewing straight pins
– ruler/ measuring device
1. After selecting your fabrics (base and accent) and Pillow Cube size, cut two pieces of fabric:
– 1st piece/side should be 1″ larger than the pillow on all sides (example: the cut fabric should be 13″x17″ for a 12″x16″ Pillow Cube).
– 2nd side should be 1″ longer than the pillow in width, and 2″-3″ longer in height (example, 15″-16″ x 17″)
2. Cut the 2nd side in half along the horizontal axis, creating (2) 8″x17″ pieces. You should now have 3 pieces total.
3. Hem one 17″ edge of each of the 2 new pieces. I hemmed mine in a zig-zag stitch simply for aesthetic pleasure.
4. Cute desired shape from the accent cloth. I created and sewed on a heart.
5. Attach accent piece by needle and thread and/or iron on transfer web (see how I used transfer web with another pillow project).
6. Align 3 main pieces (right side out) so that all un-hemmed edges are touching, and so that the hemmed edges overlap each other in the center of the shape of the pillow.
7. Pin all four edges 1/2″ in.
8. Sew along the outside of the pins, all the way around to form the pillow case.
9. Secure loose threads.
10. Insert your Pillow Cube!
You now have a cute, shabby-chic homemade pillow!
Check out Pillow Cubes and try this simple shabby chic pillow tutorial – let me know what you think!
xoxo, dolls & dudes!