Cheap and Chic No Sew Easter Pillow Cover DIY

Cheap and Chic No Sew Easter Pillow Cover DIY

I love decorating my house for every holiday. Even more so because here in LA we generally have two seasons- warm and sunny and hot and sunny.

Easter is one of my favorites (okay, every holiday is my favorite!) because I love using all the springtime colors. You know what DOESN’T go with springtime colors? Red! I have these red pillows on my couch that are ultra comfy, but pretty much only work at Christmas.

The offending red pillow!

Instead of changing out my pillows or buying expensive covers at a store, I decided to go with a cheaper solution and make some Easter-y, springy pillow covers. My first thought was to use burlap, but I wasn’t feeling any of the weaves I saw at the craft store. Canvas was on sale, so I got some for $6 and headed home.

YES, I MADE OVER MY PILLOWS FOR $6! I had all of the materials at home, so you may spend a little more, but if you’re an avid rehabber, you’re really only paying for the fabric itself.

Here’s what you need for this project:

  • Fabric
  • Fabric paint and a paint brush
  • Liquid stitch (or a needle and thread or your sewing machine. Depending on the fabric you choose, you may need a heavy duty needle.)
  • Fabric scissors (well, you don’t really need them, but why would you do that to yourself?!)

Your first step would usually be to wash your fabric, but since I’m only going to be using these pillows for about a month and I’m super lazy, I skipped this step. I just ironed the major creases out of the fabric so that I would be able to get a good, straight cut. I put my pillow on top of the fabric to measure what I’d need and cut out my three pieces. To put the pillows together, I used this tutorial from Amy at Homey Oh My since I’ve only ever made pillows using my machine or by hand.

After cutting out fabric pieces came the fun part- painting! Using pencil (couldn’t find my fabric pen or chalk), I lightly traced a bunny form that I had on hand. If you’re good at drawing, you could totally sketch something out. Then I painted over and filled in my outline with white fabric paint. Easy!

My bunny right after painting, right before drying overnight.

I let my bunny dry overnight then got to gluing. This is where you really want to pay attention to Amy’s tutorial!

Yes, I did use a trash bag to protect the floor from glue, just in case! I used the triangle to make sure I applied the glue straight on the edges.

Here’s where I made a mistake– when you’re sewing and pinning fabric, it is easy to see if you put a piece on backwards. When you’re gluing, make sure you check before you apply the glue! I put the back pieces on backwards, which ended up being okay because I like a rustic look. But if I was sewing, it would have been easy to just rip out the seam.

Here’s where I messed up! Make sure to check how everything lines up before you glue!

I let the cover dry for the day, then flipped it inside out and stuffed the red pillow inside. Voila! A whole new look!

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Hand Made Stamped Linen Napkins

photo 4 copyI got the idea for making hand stamped napkins because I’ve been seeing a lot of fabrics with geometric patterns lately, and everything I’ve been liking has been out of my budget.

Like any good rehabber, that just means a DIY project is on the horizon.

 

I found this article from Apartment Therapy on how to make the napkins. I got half a yard of linen from the local fabric store. Then I washed the linen to pre-shrink. After that, I got to cutting. The only difference from the tutorial is that I couldn’t get my linen to rip (it was 100% so I don’t know why) so I ended up cutting it and then just fraying the edges myself.

I remembered an article about using fruit and veggie stamps from Parents magazine. I cut a triangle out of a potato and got to working.

The potato stamp with paint.
The potato stamp with paint.

I got two colors of fabric paint and mixed them to the grey that I wanted. Then painted it onto the potato for even distribution. A couple of times, I dropped the brush or the potato or moved it around a bit, so there are imperfections. I think that just adds character.

I wanted to play with the patterns and ended up making all of the napkins different.

The finished napkins (I still need to pull the threads out of one.)
The finished napkins (I still need to pull the threads out of one.)

I think they ended up pretty good, don’t you?

*note: be sure to put something under the fabric you are stamping. You don’t want the paint to bleed through and stain your work surface!

Five Minute, $5 Holiday Fix

My favorite part of the holidays is decorating. It is hardly ever cold in LA, so its especially important to make your house feel extra homey so it feels like the holidays.

Other than decorating the tree, I like to put poinsettias everywhere. Usually they just come in the plastic containers or are wrapped in that bright shiny red or green paper that just never seems to be the right color.

Here's what I was working with before... these pots just aren't working.
Here’s what I was working with before… these pots just kill the effect.

Since I have a black thumb, my plants never last much longer than the holidays, so I don’t want to spend a ton of time and money buying pots and transferring the plants. Wandering through the giftwrap aisle, I had a brilliant idea. What if I just wrapped them in ribbon and called it a day?

I set out on a quick search for burlap looking ribbon, and lucked out when I found a roll of extra thick ribbon for $5 at World Market. At home, I just cut the ribbon in sections and wrapped it around the plastic pots, tying a loose knot to secure the ribbon.

I am pretty pleased with the results! The plants look a million times better and there was a minimal amount of work and cost. That’s what I call Roadside Rehab!

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After! I still have to keep them in the little trays to protect the floor, but they really don’t bother me.
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The beginnings of my little holiday nook.