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DIY Pillow Sham Tutorial

When updating my living room for fall, a key piece to the revamp were new pillows. If you’re anything like me, you *may* just have way too many pillows already, and so instead I opted to make new pillow shams.

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I snagged this suzani pattern by Waverly called Solar Flair in Onyx and Lilac at Joann’s with a 40% off coupon. I also grabbed two hidden zippers, and armed with my pretty new fabric, I made a date with my sewing machine.

Sewing a pillow sham couldn’t be simpler and it enables you to change your pillows with your decor easily and inexpensively. It also saves you from feeling guilty for buying yet another throw pillow.

What you’ll need for two pillows:

  • 2 yards fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine or needle for hand sewing
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Two 20″ pillow inserts
  • Two invisible zippers

What you’ll do:

  1. Begin by cutting four 20.5″ x 20.5″ squares of fabric. Set aside.
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  2. Unzip one of the zippers almost completely and then pin one side of the invisible zipper face down against the right side of the fabric. Sew the piece as close to the zipper chain as possible.
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  3. Now zip up the zipper and pin the unsewn side of the zipper to your other piece of fabric. Make sure right sides face each other. Unfold the fabric and sew the zipper to the opposite fabric square. Now refold so that that the right sides are once again facing each other.
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  4. Pin around the entire edge of the fabric. Once secured, partially unzip the zipper so that you can turn the form right-side out later.
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  5. Starting at the edge of one side of the zipper, sew over it, making sure to double back a few times. Continue sewing a 1/2″ in from the edge of the fabric, enclosing your pillow around the edge of the fabric. Make sure to double back over the end as well.
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  6. Trim any excess zipper.
  7. Turn your case right-side out and give yourself a round of applause. Now put your pillow form in and set that bad boy out for all to see.
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Sewing can be intimidating but this is a project even the most novice seamstresses can accomplish. If you get your sew on, make sure to come back and post a pic. I’d love to see your talent in action!

-Roxanne

Easily Display Kids’ Art With Push-Pin Clips

I had these darling glittered clothes pins left over from the big bean’s birthday party and although they’d done their job, I wasn’t ready to get rid of them quite yet. Then I remembered that I had some darling counting prints that I had purchased ages ago. And then, MAGIC! Okay, maybe not magic, but the two converged and became darling wall art in the girls’ playroom. Plus, I can reuse the pin clips for the girls’ artwork.

What you’ll need:

supplies

  • push pins
  • clothes pins (mine were already glittered but you could do this step with plain ones or scrapbook paper)
  • hot glue gun
  • art

What you’ll do:

Step 1: Hot glue the push pins to the back of your clothes pins. I applied the glue to the push pin first. Then I added a little bit of extra glue on top of the push pin edge so that it would be firmly attached to the clothes pin.

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Step 2: Pat yourself on the back…you’re done! Seriously, this is such a simple way to make displaying children’s art work or prints easier. Now your pins are ready to go up on the wall along with your images.

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Have a great rest of the weekend!

-Roxanne

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