My Gramma, my Mother, my Aunt and pretty much everyone else in my family sews. I did not get that sewing gene. At one point in my life my Mom gave me a sewing machine as a gift and I have absolutely no idea where it is.
I hadn’t thought about sewing anything until I was shopping for more decorative pillows. I was in a cute little store and found this beautifully simple yet perfect pillow. It was a white light weight denim with the word BEACH painted on the front. This pillow had to be mine and then I looked a the price… $125. UM, WHAT? $125 because someone sewed 4 straight line and then used fabric paint to stencil the word beach on it? Are you kidding?
At this point I realized that I at least a dozen unused decorative pillows at home in a closet. They weren’t the look I wanted, but they would make perfectly great inserts! Now I’m going to put what little sewing knowledge I do have and make my own pillows!
The crazy part about this pillow, it’s made out of a shower curtain! Thanks Anne Hogan for that brilliant idea!
Trust me, if I can do this so can you. There are no zippers, it’s one piece of fabric and only 4 lines to sew.
Now grab your material, machine and your coordinating thread color. I used a darker thread to make it easy for you to see. I should also mention, I do not own a sewing machine. I used a singer handheld sewing machine.
Messure and cut out your pillow. My pillow is 18 inches so I cut out 44″ x 19″.
16″ x 16″ – length 40 inches and width 17 inches
18″ x 18″ – length 44 inches and width 19 inches
20″ x 20″ – length 48 inches and width 21 inches
With the wrong side of the pillow up, fold a short end of you your pillow over about 1/2 and inch and iron it down. Do this one more time and then repeat on the other side. Don’t burn your fingers!
Sew each ironed end across in a straight line.
Fold Material in half with wrong side up. Measure and mark 9 inches from center on both sides.
Again, make sure wrong side is up. Fold in on each side on the measured 9 inch line.
Sew each long sides together.
Turn right side out
Stuff pillow and enjoy!