I’m a sucker for pretty decorative pillows on the bed and sofa and all my decorating projects usually include several that I’ve handmade specifically for that project. There is something very special about one-of-a-kind elements in a room. Pillows are also a great way to switch out colors and styles without breaking the bank. Interior decorators working on even the most high-end projects will routinely use the most expensive fabrics on small items like pillows in order to stretch the dollars as far as possible. While many home stores carry loads of inexpensive pillows, it doesn’t take big DIY skills to make your own, or customize a basic pillow from a store.
While I am capable of making quite ornamental pillows requiring decent sewing skills, sometimes I just want a quick and easy change. I recently made a cover for an existing oblong 10x18” pillow by taking a sample of a fabric I like and sewing a single seam in the fabric to make it a “tube” into which I inserted the existing pillow. The pillow ends were cut with pinking sheers to reduce unraveling and I left them “raw”. The quickest five minute pillow going and when I want something different, I can just pull the fabric off and slip on something new. The best part of this project is that I could have done it by hand if I didn’t have a sewing machine.
If your sewing skills are completely non-existent, have no fear - there is something just for you on the market. The June Tailor Decowrap No Sew Pillows come in three shapes: round, square and oblong bolster and come with small cuts in the foam which allow you to wrap them in fabric and tuck in the ends. I have tested the bolster and it worked very nicely and was quite snug and secure.