The Style-ish Home: Easy DIY

I’m not a huge DIY-er.  I like to look at projects online and say “ooh I want to do that!” but I hardly ever do, mainly because I just don’t have the time.  I’m usually more of a I’d rather pay than to make it on my own.  But there are some things that I’m cheap about and pillows is one of those.  Why are pretty pillows so dang expensive?  I usually just keep a lookout for pretty fabrics and make my own.  I mean, sewing a pillow case takes absolutely no skill so I’m pretty comfortable taking that task on.  Hubs and I have been wanting new pillows for the couch so we found this pretty blue fabric at Ikea and thought that I’d just turn them into regular pillows.  But then, one night I stumbled onto this fabulous pillow DIY and the instructions looked easy enough so decided I had to try it.  I got the felt from Jo-Ann’s (the one from the bolt, not the crafty kind) and also bought a dark blue cotton to use for the back of the pillow. 

And voila!  My version of the DIY and I’m pretty happy about it.  I did it all in one night and it took me a few hours to make the both the pilowcases (and to be honest, I drank a glass or two of wine while I did it and it still came out fine. LOL)


I love the petals! The sewing of the petals takes the longest but once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty fast.
And to make it a bit more fancy, I made the back panel a navy blue, I like the contrast of the pattern with the solid.  The only thing that I changed from the instructions was that I just closed up the pillow with a hand sewn stitch as we aren’t leaving these out for the dogs to get dirty so we don’t need to worry about removing these to wash.

Seriously, so easy!  If I can do it, anyone can do it!  The instructions are here from V and Co.

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  • janettaylor
    July 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    So beautiful!

  • curls-and-pearls
    July 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Wow great job! Those pillows are beautiful!

  • stylishyear
    July 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    What a great idea! They came out super fab!

  • Pauline
    July 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Oh wow these look incredible! They are so girly I love them!

  • libbeh ♥
    July 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Love these pillows! They do look fancy, LOL!

  • Christina
    July 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Gorgeous. You would never know they were hand made. I love pillows but I disagree with the exorbitant prices. This is definitely a DIY that I will remember for a rainy day.

  • Couture and Crayons
    July 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    OMG. Those are amazing. Great job.

  • she says
    July 27, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    these look beautiful! i'm definitely going to make these. thanks for sharing the idea. you should post more DIY ideas that you like!

  • Tara
    July 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    i love DIY projects, this is lovely!

    Check out my blog @

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    July 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    They look great and I'd love to make these! Err time to learn how to sew now!

  • Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita*
    July 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I think you did great with these pillows and so fast! Love the contrast and colors 🙂

    I so need to trash all my pillows, I can't stand looking at them right now, lol

  • Daniela
    July 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    i think I just found my new pillows ! thanks for posting!!

  • Jessica
    July 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    These are sooo cute, Tiffany! I am thinking about making some now!

  • Domestic Goddess
    July 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Those are great! I've been wanting some new pillows for the guest bedroom..I should try this out! Amazing job!!!

  • the red bungalow
    July 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I love them! My man won't really let me put floral things in our place or I'd be all over making these too. lol.


  • DiamondsandTulle
    July 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Gorgeous! Those look like very expensive pillow Tiff! I love it! Maybe one day when I can find the time, I'd love to do something like this. In the meantime, it's HomeGoods for me and decorative pillows.

    xx Vivian @

  • J.
    July 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Great job…I am a huge fan of DIY's and I have so many cool fabric scraps I'm dieing to use and this will be perfect!

  • Ashley J
    July 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Those pillows are seriously awesome!!! GREAT JOB!

  • Katie
    July 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Those turned out great!

  • LahTeaDah
    July 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    These look great! I love them. I shall do it myself for my Bedroom! Thanks for the post missy!

    Yours Truly

  • kimmie
    July 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Wow, Tiffany, those look AMAZING. I had no idea that Ikea sold fabric! I'll have to check it out, it's so pretty!

  • Hilary
    July 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    that's so creative! i'm redecorating my room and these pillows are perfect. aren't you enjoying this beautiful seattle weather?! gorgeous 🙂

  • L.A. Daze
    July 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Wow, these pillows look great!

  • stylepint
    July 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    What a great DIY and it looks so chic and sleek! =)

  • mysassygemini
    July 28, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Tiffany, you have an awesome blog. The pillows are inspirational and look forward to more lookbooks.

  • Dish-chan
    July 28, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I love these! I now have a plan for Thursday night! (And wine will be included as well. :D) Thanks for sharing.

  • sharonlei
    July 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Tiffany!! I LOVE this DIY. I am going to give it a try for sure. I can't wait. I have your box packed and ready to be sent out tomorrow. 🙂 I included a few other "surprises" for Savvy and a couple for you too! I hope it reaches you by the end of the week. I left the tutu at a longer length and you can decide if you want to trim it shorter (or not). Hugs.

    xx Love & Aloha
    *Swing by to enter my Wendy Mink Jewelry Giveaway!!!

  • MizzJ
    July 29, 2010 at 12:50 am

    You did such a great job! They look professional!

  • blushingjoy
    July 30, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Very pretty pillows, Tiffany!! I'm bookmarking the instructions for when we do get our own place and I get to decorate it!! 🙂 Well done!!

  • Lydia
    August 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    These look fabulous!

  • PetiteXXS
    August 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Those turned out really really great! The flower petals look really complicated too. Good choice of materials… they look so stylish!

  • ourhumbleabowed
    August 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    They turned out great! Nicely done! I have been thinking about making something similar, just need the time.

  • Roxy Te
    September 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    This is fantastic!! I'm saving this to my favorites for the next mother/daughter day…she will have to do the sewing and I the cutting haha