DESIGNING DETAILS: Pillow Talk

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Ever notice how a pillow can change the whole look of a room?  You can change pillows with the seasons or even with your mood.  Making a pillow is actually one of the easiest DIY projects you can do.  The fact that you can easily make a pillow in about an hour, makes this a must do.  Which is why this week I am showing you how I took a design inspiration pillow and replicated it.  I’ll show you how I learned to install an invisible zipper closure to create a custom pillow. diy custom pillow

diy custom pillow

A Pillow Project

I don’t know about you but when I make something that I want and it turns out well I feel a sense of accomplishment. Such as it was with my recent pillow project.

Design Desires diy custom pillow

I decided that I wanted some new pillow covers for the Euro pillows on my bed.  Wanting to extend the yellow-gold color of my curtains & artwork, I knew I wanted the pillows to be made from a yellow patterned fabric.

The Inspiration

I like using inspirations to jump start my design projects.  So I found an inspiration pillow and was able to get very close.  Here’s the inspiration pillow…

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My pillow inspiration. Nice huh?

I found some fabric at Joannes awhile back in the clearance section and knew that it was pretty close to what I was looking for.  The pattern was so similar to my inspiration, it almost looks like a reverse or negative of the inspiration fabric.

My Pillows

Now take a look at my pillows.
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Looks like a reverse pattern from the inspiration.
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I got the duck feather pillow inserts from IKEA.
Pretty close huh?
Since the fabric was a bargain, I was able to purchase enough to make two pillow covers.  I used the same fabric for the front and back of the covers.  It is important to note that if you are using a fabric like this that has a center medallion design, be sure to purchase enough fabric so that you can center the design. diy custom pillow
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An invisible zipper closure just looks nicer. Gives a custom look.
I even taught myself how to insert an invisible zipper for the pillow closure. Using an invisible zipper gives the pillow a much cleaner look I think. Now that I know how easy it is to do I’ll probably be using the invisible zipper a lot more.

Make One!

As I said my fabric was in the clearance Red Tag section, so it’s no longer available.  But guess what?  I was able to find this fabric that is actually even a closer match to the inspiration pillows fabric.  It comes in a wide 54″ and is budget friendly at under $10/yd.
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Sometimes all you need is a pillow to change the look of the room.  And since creating a pillow cover is such an easy DIY, you can give your interiors a fresh look in less than an hour.

Do you make your own custom pillows?  Have you tried using an invisible zipper closure? I would love to see what you created.  Please leave a comment below and be sure to share pics of your pillows.

 

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