My Pillows for Pillowpalooza 2012

We have lots of pillows in our home and I have sewn the covers for almost all of them.

I love seeing pillows in home decor shops and cataglogs like Pottery Barn, but usually those prices just don't work with our budget. So I copy cat and sew my own. I'm still looking to find an affordable authentic grain sack but this faux one I painted is easy to throw in the wash. The pleated one beside it is made from the same heavy weight muslin.

This one has a torn edge ruffle and was made with drop cloth fabric, and like most pillows I sew has an envelope back.

The muslin patch with crocheted trims and buttons on this one covers a Union Jack transfer that started to peel off. I scraped off the rest of the transfer and stitched the patch on the white denim body. 

Using scraps of denim jeans, leftover white denim from a slipcover and heavy muslin I sewed these 'quilt' inspired pillows. The one above has added crocheted trims...

 and this one was inspired by my love of log cabin blocks.

A simple two sided toile pillow with drop cloth edging.

I also use outdoor fabric to make pillows for our front porch and backyard patio, and need to make new ones this year. I also want to find a fun and modern turquoise fabric for more pillows and to add a punch of colour.

Now that I have shared some of the pillows I have made for our home, I'm going to settle on the family room couch (above photo) and prop myself up with some comfy pillows.  After I pick them up off the floor where they often land, of course ;) Then I'm going to check out all the PILLOWPALOOZA link party fun at Thistlewood Farm



  1. Great pillows I really like the grain sack, you made, why buy those pricey pillows when they only
    cost a couple of bucks to make.
    Enjoy the linky party a lot of great pillows you'll find.

  2. Your family room furniture looks so pretty with all the slipcovers on them! I really like your hand made striped pillow too. I have admired those grainsack pillows too. They are pricey! Your version looks great.

  3. Elizabeth,

    Your pillows are so cute! I think my favorite pillow is the jean scrap pillow! I am totally pinning this!


  4. darling pillows, elizabeth! your family room slips are adorable, too!

  5. Oh, I have so very much pillow love for your pillows! And now I cannot wait to start pinning away ...

    So very, very happy that you linked up to our Pillopalooza slumber party!


  6. Such a wonderful collection of pillows. I am determined to make lots of pillows this year and have 3 done so far. My favourite is the log cabin. It is my favourite quilt pattern too.

  7. Wow, you are so good at making those covers! I have a sewing machine that my mother-in-law lent to me so that I could make some pillow covers, but it has been sitting in the corner of my living room because I am SO intimidated! Any pointers for a first-timer? ;-)

  8. Great pillows, I especially love those outdoor pillows. Where did you find such cute outdoor fabric? Pretty colors for sure.

  9. You've made some really pretty pillows, I love your style!
    Hugs, Cindy

  10. Your pillows are incredible! All really nice designs.

  11. Your pillows look great, and say comfy, cozy home.
    Love them all!

  12. I love the contrast in that striped one!

  13. You've got some beautiful pillows, Elizabeth! I like to sew my own, too. I think the fact that I can makes it harder for me to spend a lot on pillows in the store, which can be a good thing and a bad thing!


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