I found a pretty, though maybe slightly garish, vintage print fabric while perusing my local Salvation Army one day. While I always thought the material would create nice decorative throw pillows for either indoor or outdoor use, using the underside of the print, à la classic Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirts, gives it a whole different feel. Here’s a super easy and inexpensive way to add some vintage style to your home decor.
Here’s what you need:
- two 14-inch square pillow inserts
- about a yard of vintage print fabric
- ruler & scissors
- sewing machine & thread
Here’s what you do:
- Cut two 15 x 15 inch squares from your fabric
- Cut two 15 x 18 inch rectangles from your fabric
- Cut each 15 x 18 inch rectangle in half to create two pieces measuring 15 x 9.
- Fold over one long edge of the 15 x 9 piece twice and pin to create 1/4 inch seam. Sew.
- With underside facing in, pin pieces together, starting at the edges. The two 15 x 9 pieces should overlap and the sewn edges should be pointed in to create the envelope opening.
- Sew the two squares together, starting with the edges that parallel the opening.
- Finish edges (optional) and turn out. Insert pillow form and fluff. Picture below shows finished backside where pillow is inserted (right).
Tips: I purchased my pillow forms from Joann’s on a buy-one-get-one-free sale for $4.49 each. The fabric was a whopping $1 from the Salvation Army.
Cost: $10 for two unique pillows!