Apr 21, 2012

Two Throw Pillow Ideas

Dear Chicago House,

There is nothing like a throw pillow for a pop of color in a room and does it surprise you that I like making my own. No thought not.

So here are a couple of ideas to rustle up a pair of unique throw pillows.

First We have a fun "dotty" pillow.

sew it yourself dotty pillow

I made a pair of these for the "Teenage penthouse" in the basement.

I started with a nice thick cotton in fushia ( two 19"x 19" pieces) and cut circles of various sizes from the old curtain lining I salvaged when I ripped down the disgusting drapes originally on all of your windows.

I used the zigzag stitch on my machine to sew on the circles. When that was down I sewed the two squares of fushia fabric together...remembering to leave a gap so I could turn it inside out and stuff it with a pillow form.

sew it yourself dotty pillow

Next we have a little more ambitious pillow.

This one is made using home made stenciled fabric

stenciled fabric pillow

Like an idiot I was so engrossed while making this I completely forgot to photograph the process (how many of you blogger ladies do this!).

The swirl idea was born from my recent discovery of a bundle of long lost painting in a closet. ( see my pinspiration)

I sketched out my swirl design, transferred it to a piece of thick acetate then with an X-acto knife cut out the image area.

Guess what the white fabric is ...yes more curtain lining! I cut out two 19" square pieces and gave them a really good iron. I stuck my stencil down with blue painters tape and using a short bristled stencil brush and pot of fabric stencil paint got to work. Each time I moved the stencil I gave it a quick wipe as the  paint tends to build up along the edges on the stencil resulting in not such a sharp look.

When the fabric was dry I ironed it to fix the color. The color was a little deep so I gave it a wash and was much happier with the softer look.

stenciled fabric pillow
I sewed the two squares together even adding some piping to give it a little more pop.

And here they are posing in the garden!

Love from

Creative in Chicago



  1. I know what you mean about the camera! I hate it when a am almost done and forgot to take a before pic!

  2. These pillows are going to look fabulous at the party tomorrow! And the LinkWithin tool sent me to your ugly couch post and pillows ... love them too!



  3. Love fun colorful pillows! The stenciled one is fabulous!

    What a fun teen penthouse - my girls would go crazy in there!

    1. Yes the penthouse is often a place for teenage craziness. It is filled with balloons at the moment. They don't like to admit is but 14 year olds still love playing with balloons!