Decorating With Pillows

It is so easy to add springtime color and comfort to your home with pillows. You can sew them yourself or purchase the pillow forms from craft, hobby or department stores and then decorate them yourself. From little bitty pillows that can be used to decorate doorknobs to giant pillows that can be used as extra seating, pillows can transform the look of the room in an instant!

If you are looking for super fast and inexpensive ways to redecorate your home, don’t overlook the pillow. In hundreds of shapes and sizes and every color under the sun, pillows are a wonderful way to add color to a dull room. They are so completely versatile you will want to get plenty of pillow forms to cover. Old pillows can be refurbished with new fabrics and colors, and there are even some very quick fixes for the sewing challenged!

Making pillows: squares, circles, rectangles, ovals, and bolsters are all the most obvious pillow shapes. You don’t need to stop there; you can make any shape you want. There are even pillows that store blankets! There are so many possibilities; it’s a good thing that you don’t have to pick just one! You can even choose to have pillows in the shape of Sponge Bob, Dora, Monsters or any of your other favorite characters.

Perhaps, you already have plenty of pillows but you want to breathe new life into them. It’s very easy thing to do even if you aren’t super crafty. If you don’t want to spend hours on a complex makeover project, consider these simple ideas: make two granny squares to fit the existing pillow, turn them at an angle and secure the corners of the granny squares. This idea also works using two bandanas and tying them together at the corners. You can even cover pillows with your old scarves and you can make pillows from old blankets or quilts and they are wonderful on a particularly chilly night. Why stop there; you can even make pillows from old sweat shirts or T-shirts. The possibilities are endless.

Some not so ordinary uses for pillows may be as simple as making giant pillows to use as extra seating for a large gathering. Large square or rectangle pillows are perfect for children and teens to sit on the floor and that will free up precious sofa space for older guests. Smaller pillows can be used for comfortable padding on metal chairs or unpadded barstools. Pillows made from old flannel backed table cloths and stuffed with plastic grocery store bags are perfect for the patio or deck.

You can also make pillows for use as decorations for your home. “Do Not Disturb” is a great pillow for a bedroom door and “sleeping” is perfect for a new baby’s bedroom door. These little pillows can be made from felt scraps, cotton print fabrics or from fun fur, which can be found in the remnant table at your local fabric store.

You can make wonderful pillows for Fido and Fluffy. Using a Scotch guarded fabric that when doubled will be the right size for your dog, simply stitch up the sides and stuff with grocery bags. You can do the same thing for a cat, but toss in a little cat nip to attract the cat. Cats love the pillow even more if you stuff it with plastic bags so it will crinkle when they touch it. Tossing in a fabric softener sheet will help eliminate odors!