I have a great project to share with you today! I was in need of new throw pillows in my living room. Usually my go-to place is Home Goods/ TJ Maxx, but I was striking out there and honestly, I don’t have the time or the energy to drag my little one from place to place looking. So, I decided to make my own:
What do you think about the fabric? I made it using a pencil starfish as a stamp! And that coordinating piping is fun, huh? Adding it is easier than you think!
Come on, I’ll show you how…
Starfish Stamping 101
I started with my fabric, I think it’s the Home Decorator’s Collection found at Joanne Fabrics. It’s not very pricey, regularly $9.99/yd on sale for $5.99/yd :
I bought the black for the pillow and the zebra for the piping. For each pillow, I used about a half a yard of black and less than that for the piping.
*Wash your fabric prior to making any cuts…or live dangerously like me and promise yourself you’ll wash it in cold water and hang it to dry!
I started by cutting the pillow fabric for the front to 20″ X 20″:
Then I cut two back pieces 14″ X 20″:
I set the back pieces aside and gathered my supplies to make my pattern:
I started by painting the underside of my starfish with acrylic paint:
Your hands will get pretty messy, so use caution when handling your fabric!
I placed my hand beneath the fabric to help apply gentle pressure to the underside of the starfish, since it wasn’t quite flat:
I continued in a random pattern until I was satisfied with it. My 11-year-old was my photographer since he was home for a snow day. He made me hold it up for a picture. Don’t I look like a proud grade-schooler holding up my artwork? (I was really proud 🙂 )
Now make sure you leave it somewhere to dry where your three-year old can’t reach it to use it for a cape. 🙂
Adding Piping to Pillows
Don’t run away, get back here!! This is not hard!
First we’re going to make the piping. It’s super easy and way cheaper than buying it! I used cotton clothesline I found at Walmart in the hardware section.
To start, cut your piping fabric into two-inch strips:
Sew all the short ends together to make one long piece (about 6 1/2 – 7′ long per pillow). Next, fold the two-inch strip lengthwise over the cording, with wrong sides together (pattern facing out):
Once your piping is made, lay your pillow front face up and grab your straight pins. Start pinning the piping all the way around the edge of your fabric as seen below:
To round the corners, snip the around the curved edge:
Sew piping in place, following the original piping stitches.
For the back, sew a neat finished edge on one long side of each back piece. Lay them on the front (front facing up), with raw edges aligned on all remaining sides. The finished edges should overlap, creating the opening for your pillow insert:
Pin in place and flip over so the backside of the front is face up.
Sew, using the original stitching as a guide. This will ensure your piping does not get caught in the seam!
Be sure to seal your edges. I use a zig zag stitch to prevent my raw edges from unraveling.
That’s it! Turn your new pillow cover right-side-out and add an insert. I prefer down inserts because they hold their shape so much better. These came from pillows I already had from Home Goods.
There are so many possibilities with custom piping!
I made a couple for my sectional also. They coordinate perfectly with my new table and my mantel:
No more need to feel intimidated by piping! If you can sew a straight line, you can do this!
This is definitely a simple decor project I am loving! Fits right into our Get Your DIY on theme for February:
Let’s see what my talented co-hosts came up with for this challenge…
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Wow, we’ve been busy! The fun starts this Sunday, February 2nd at 7:00pm EST. Come link up your favorite simple decor projects or just come by to get inspired! I can’t wait to see what everyone brings to the party!
Here’s another EASY piping tutorial (SEW and NO SEW methods!):
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!