Striped Pillows

Striped Pillows – Recycling a Curtain

These were a pair of curtain panels that were used for a short period by a family member, and were given to me for recycling.  I put the fabric away for a while, until I decided what to do with it.  One of the panels, was missing a piece of fabric, and I could not use it again as a curtain, I decided to make some pillows for the living room`s vintage mid-century sofa.  This is an IKEA fabric, sold by the yard.

I wanted these striped pillows to be different, so I Googled it  and found lots of ideas, for striped pillows, some very easy to follow, others not so much.  Of all of the ones I looked up, this is the one I followed for my pillows, with a little change in the size.

I started by cutting a square of 18 x 18 inches, for a pillow insert of 16 inches, leaving 1 inch per side cut for sewing. With 1/2 an inch is also enough but I prefer to do 1 inch.

I used a piece of scrap fabric for the square template 18×18.  I converted the square template into a triangle and cut the fabric making sure  the placing of the lines on the fabric goes vertical and horizontal, like in the pic below.


This is what I get after cutting and pinned the fabric.

WP_20140918_008This is the face of the pillow


For the other pillow I used the same template, folded once, and to be very accurate with the lines, I cut each 4 panel individually, making sure that the black lines matches the other panel black lines and the same with the white, like in the pic.


For this the fabric was placed in vertical position, and matched the stripes before cutting. I did the same 4 times, always pinning, and checking how it would look before cutting.

WP_20140920_015The inches in my fabric are 2 1/2 inches

WP_20140920_017This is the back of the pillows, so they can be use in 4 different ways.


For the Chevron pillows, I used the same 18×18 template, and used the Chevron pattern only in the front.

Thank you for reading my posts;

Fabiola Garcia

Sofa Pillows – Chiang Mai Dragon

These sofa pillows I made on the cheap with two swatch samples fabrics.  Thanks to Vidya Sukumaran, from Whats Your Home Story, who found the way through another blogger, of getting these high end designer swatch sample for only $7.00 a piece.  The samples from this company are big enough for you to do the face of one pillow.  My samples were 16×16.  If you want to buy from this company, Inside Fabrics, I suggest you read the swatch sample disclaimer, before making an order. Not all samples are the same size, and with some of then, you wont be able to do a pillow, maybe a coaster, believe me. 



F. Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon – Lacquer Sample 16×16


F. Schumacher fabric Chiang Mai Dragon -Blue Sample 16×16

WP_20140810_010These high end designer swatch samples are from F. Schumacher, the cost of this fabric is $156.80 per yard.  The total cost for this project was $14.00 dollars for two samples, with delivery included. The pillows inserts are reused from old pillows.

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Thrifty Pillow

Chevron Pillow made from a blouse

Chevron Pillow made from a blouse

Another score from a thrifty store, I bought a blouse at my local Goodwill for $2.99 dollars. It was a new piece, and in a Chevron pattern and I was able to make two pillows and a cosmetic bag.  By following a tutorial at I did the flower.


Con una blusa de $2.99, que compre en Godwill, con estampado de Chevron, confeccione dos cojines y una carterita  de cosmeticos. La flor la hice siguiendo las instrucciones que vi en