PILLOW TALK: Is it a sweater or is it a jacket?

There’s so many ways I could approach this post.  But honestly, here’s the cold hard truth – I’m lazy about pillows.  I don’t like making full covers for them, stuffing them or sewing them up.  As a matter of fact, I am willing to go the extra mile to avoid learning any NEW kind of sewing.  I know my limits (and interest level).

So for those of you who sew, this post is going to rank pretty lame.  You are going to say “Dana, you are boring us here – either man up and do it right or just go buy a decorative pillow and give up.”

But hey – pillows need sweaters in the winter too right?  Or jackets maybe?  My hubby named them sweaters and my kiddo named them jackets.  (or maybe vice versa, I can’t remember)  The other factor here that you MIGHT appreciate is that I DON’T have room to STORE a bunch of decorative pillows.  So thus, pillow jacket/sweaters were born.

Again – I always recommend going through your house and finding what you have.   Here’s the current pillow.  And the material that matches my couch décor.  (I had some left from the guest room headboard.)

Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

I found these pretty bells at a craft store.  I’m loving the muted metal colors!!

Christmas Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

I took my fabric and cut it in strips wide enough to cover the pattern on the pillow with some additional room for a hem.   I kept the length with plenty of room for overlapping when it is wrapped around.

Christmas Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

I ironed the hem.  (I actually ironed everything) Ironing a hem makes the (horrible) sewing so much easier!

Christmas Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

Then, GASP, I used the sewing machine to hem the sides of the strips.

Christmas Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

Finally, I wrapped the material around the pillow – creating the cute little envelope look.  (Ok, well I think it’s cute.)

Christmas Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

And sewed the bells on to look like the button closures.  Sewing the bells on also keeps the whole thing together.  Now it can slip on for the holidays and slip off to go back in the storage tub!  (I also cut any excess off inside.)

Christmas Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

Nothing DRAMATIC – but I think these pillows are now festive enough to hang out for the holidays.Christmas Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

And look – they fold up to get put away SO easily!

Christmas Pillow Sweater Project by Me, Myself & DIY

If you don’t want to give your pillow a sweater/jacket, then go even easier and check out what I’m doing for my front porch.

Christmas Burlap Bow On Pillow

1 roll of burlap ribbon and I’m done! (if you do this – be careful with getting the burlap wet – my porch is covered.)

Christmas Burlap Bow On Pillow

Thanks for reading and I wish you the best with YOUR “pillow decisions” this holiday season!!

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7 thoughts on “PILLOW TALK: Is it a sweater or is it a jacket?

  1. Pingback: 12 Handmade Holiday Pillows - Fairfield World

  2. Really great idea and the bells will mean you know if kids are tossing them around the heavily laden Christmas tree–or–having pillow fights! HAH.

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