Cheater Pillow

I have been seeing lots of lovely pillows popping up everywhere this holiday season as gift suggestions, and I am always jealous because they are so adorable, but fall into that category of stuff that I just can’t mess with because I don’t have a sewing machine. (Other “stuff that I can’t mess with” are projects that require power tools, a printer, an assumption that there is spare wood lying around, etc. I am happy for these limitations because they reduce the number of projects I can obsess with completing. But I digress.) Luckily, I recently thought of a loophole for my pillow dilemma, and was able to make this fabulous pillow with no sewing involved!

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I had a large pillow sham that I wasn’t using, and this summer I cut up several pieces and framed them for some cheap art for our bedroom. The top half of the pillow sham was still intact, so I grabbed my handy stamp and fabric paint, and stamped a pattern across the top when I was stamping my burlap last week.

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I trimmed the edges so that they were straight, and then turned to my old friend, HeatnBond. I bonded (I don’t really know what you call this), about 3/4 of the way across my pillow with this stuff, waited for it to cool and then flipped it and stuffed it.

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I then bonded the last portion of the pillow. It was not easy to iron this part, especially while holding back the stuffing to make sure that it wouldn’t melt. But I still maintain that it was faster and easier (for me, anyway) then sewing.

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This just left the very end openings,

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which I, uh, sewed shut.

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and they looked just fine.

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The pillow had this decorative ruffled edge, which still shows on three sides, and since I closed up the bottom of the pillow, I didn’t need to worry about replicating this for uniformity or anything. Perfect.

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I haven’t been able to work on the blocks any more since I’ve been trying to finish up a few Christmas presents over the last week. Luckily I will be able to show them off next week, I can’t wait to give them away!

I’m linking up to Girl Creative, Metamorphasis Monday, Make it for Monday, A Soft Place to Land, Today’s Creative Blog and Show and Tell.

20 thoughts on “Cheater Pillow

  1. That looks fantastic!! Who knew…you could make it w/o sewing! Do you have to buy a special fabric paint? Do you think it's washable? Just wondering. Love your pictures.

  2. Looks great, Erin! Nice job. Your pillow is too cute! I just made a bunch of pillows for presents and actually used Heat n' Bond stuff to close up the hole I used to stuff them. Nobody will ever know (except for you) and it saved me a whole lot of time! I handstitched the first few and I am really slow so it was taking me forever. Heat n' Bond is amazing stuff. I love it!

    Merry Christmas!

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