If you’ve been a reader for some time now you know that last Christmas I got a little pillow happy, making a few fun pillow designs. I seriously love that I know how to sew a straight line, creating all kinds of pillows makes switching up holiday decor so much more budget friendly and fun. Today I’m showing you another fun pillow design by taking something a little unexpected and transforming it to fit a decor need. I’m so excited to show you how I transformed an inexpensive scarf I ordered online last year into this awesome DIY Buffalo Check Christmas Pillow.
That’s right…I could have gone out and purchased some fabric for this project, but I’ve had this awesome cashmere-like scarf lying around for the past year because it was too short for me to wear as an actual scarf. I’ve been plotting all year on how to re-purpose it and I finally decided to create a pillow with it. I love creating pillow covers to coordinate with my yearly holiday themes so it was perfect, especially since plaid is such a hot trend right now in home decor.
Buffalo check fabric, 1 piece cut to 13.5 x 17″
Black fabric (I love using duck cloth or canvas), 2 pieces cut to 9 x 17″
12 x 16″ Pillow form, found HERE
Felt, white and gray
Heat n’ Bond Ultrahold
Since my buffalo check fabric was a scarf it had a really great fringed edge on each side. I decided that I wanted to use that fringe detail on my pillow to give it a little extra something special. I cut the fringe trim off each end of the scarf, making sure to leave approximately a 1/2″ edge to it. We are going to sew it back on in a second.
After you’ve cut your black fabric (you should have 2 – 9 x 17″ pieces) you will need to sew a 1″ rolled clean seam on one end of each piece, your sewing along the long edge. These pieces are the back of your pillow cover. I love to check local thrift shops for old canvas curtains, they are usually in great condition and already have the edges sewn for you and make it one less step.
To see more details on sewing your pillow cover go HERE for full instructions.
This next step is totally optional, if you choose to add a fringe of some sort of trim you will want to sew it back on now. Lay your trim on each short side of the pillow front and pin in place. You will need to be sure that the trim is facing in towards the center of the pillow cover.
Lay your two black pieces of fabric face down on top of the buffalo check. This is where you’ll pin and sew the rest of the pillow cover, but click the link above for the detailed instructions on how to do that.
Next, I created a template in my cutting machine software and placed the felt with backing on my cutting mat. I cut the felt using my cutting machine, then removed the paper Heat n’ Bond backing from each letter.
Using a very sharp pair of scissors I cut out each letter leaving a small gray border, this was way easier than trying to resize the wording with my cutting machine.
Once you’ve got your whole pillow cover sewn it’s time to iron on the felt letters. I used the hottest setting my iron will allow, making sure it has no water in it or it will steam. You don’t want steam, just a super hot dry heat. Center your felt letters onto the pillow cover and place a thin towel carefully over the wording and press firmly with the iron. Hold in place for several seconds at a time being sure to go over each letter for at least one minute. You want to be sure the Heat n’ Bond really holds and adheres.
If you want this pillow cover to be machine washable I suggest going a step further and sewing the letters on for extra durability. I will only be spot cleaning mine so I stuck with just ironing it on.
Isn’t it so fun?! I absolutely LOVE how this pillow turned out, it’s going to be perfect with my decor this year. Best part is that it cost me nothing to make, I had the scarf – black duck cloth fabric, pillow form and felt in my craft stash!
This post was originally posted on ClassyClutter.net on 11/08/15