Did you know cloth napkins make great pillows? No? Well, they do. In fact, napkins make pretty much the EASIEST pillows ever. And you can buy them from your local thrift shop and give your living room a makeover in about an hour with minimal sewing.
(We love minimal sewing, don’t we?)
Of course, you could instead buy these:
But (correct me if I’m wrong) aren’t pillows supposed to be comfortable and, you know, not covered with pointy objects?
What you’ll need:
- One pair of cloth napkins for each pillow you want to make (you can use matching napkins or contrasting colors for front and back)
- Throw pillows or batting (these are usually pretty cheap at Ikea)
- Sewing supplies
What you do:
- Select two cloth napkins for each pillow. Leave one as it (this will be the front of your pillow). Cut the other in half (this will be the back).
- Lay the front-of-the-pillow-napkin face up so that the side you don’t want to see is against your work surface. Take your two back-of-the-pillow pieces and swap them, right for left. Now, instead of two pieces with raw edges in the middle, the raw edges will be on the outside and the hemmed edges will be together in the middle.
- Pin the two pillow back pieces to the pillow front piece. It is best to overlap the back seams (which are already sewn because you’re using the hemmed edges of the napkins) by about one inch.
- Sew the edges of your pillows together.
- Trim the corners so they don’t pucker when you turn your pillow right side out.
- Tuck your pillows into your cases and voila! You’re done. And because your cases have an opening in that back that is already hemmed, you can remove the pillows and throw the cases in the wash anytime you want.