So far this month I have managed to not spend any money on projects around the house. I have been working on things I have bought and not started, or finally wrapping up those half-finished projects we all have laying around. This may be my new January thing, it's too cold outside to work on bigger projects and painting, so it's the perfect time to get those little projects wrapped up and off the to-do list.
One of those little projects was adding a little more farmhouse style to our living room with some new pillows. Grain sack stripes are one of the trademark accents of farmhouse style, and they are a super easy way to add a casual pattern to a room that isn't going to compete with other patterns you already have. It's like a "neutral pattern" (I totally just made that term up, but I think it works).
If you have been following me for very long, you know that I think pillows are a great way to change up the look of your living room. But, I don't like the idea of paying $30, $40, or more for pillows, so I find crafty ways to get fun new pillows, usually for under $5 each! I have made pillows out of placemats and sweaters, and today I am sharing my pillows I made out of cloth napkins.
I picked up some great black and white grain sack striped cloth napkins from World Market when they had them 50% off a while back, which made them less than $1 each. The color and the print were going to be perfect for new pillows to perk up my couch after the holidays. I also picked up a few new pillow inserts on clearance from Tuesday Morning for less than $5 each awhile back. It pays to shop those discount stores and scour their clearance sections, especially if you like to decorate on a budget!!
These pillows are so easy to make, no serious sewing skills necessary. You can quickly stitch these up with your sewing machine if you have one, or they are super easy to hand stitch too. To start, place two napkins on top of each other, right sides together.
Following along the hem on the napkins, stitch 3 sides of your napkins together. On the fourth side stitch from each corner in about 2 inches, this will leave the opening for your pillow insert in the middle of the fourth side. Turn your pillow cover right side out and insert your pillow through the opening. All that is left is hand-stitching your opening shut, and your new farmhouse pillow is done!
These pillows are fun new addition to our living room, that will be right at home anytime of year. They add a nice relaxed farmhouse style, and the black and white print will be so easy to mix and match with other colors and patterns in the future.
Always keep your eyes out for home decor inspiration, it's everywhere! Just because something is traditionally used in a kitchen doesn't mean it can't be the perfect addition to your living room. Let your imagination run, you might be surprised by what you see!