DIY Easy Throw Pillows

Couch with Throw Pillows

I made new throw pillows for my couch to match my ottoman that I recovered (that will be another tutorial). These pillows were a little cheaper than purchasing pillows. I made four pillows and covered my old ottoman for $50,  which means I spent about $35 on the pillows. That makes the cost per pillow about $8.75 compared to buying them from a store where they would be $14-$20 each. I would like to add that my cost was so low because I already owned most of the supplies and the only things I purchased were the fabric and pillow filling (polyfill).

Here is what you need:
Pinking Shears
Fabric (I had 4 yards, but I could have use 2 1/4 yards if I wasn't also covering my ottoman.)
PolyFill (I used one and a half 32oz bags to fill my pillows)
Measuring tape
Pen or Pencil
Straight Pins
Sewing needle
Sewing machine
Throw Pillow Supplies

First you need to decide what shape and size you want your pillows, I decided I wanted 17 1/2 inch square pillows. To make my pillows 17 1/2 inches my pattern needs to be 18x18 so that I have 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around. I then used the tape measure to measure an 18x18 square on my fabric, I used the straight lines in the pattern to make my lines straight and square the edges and marked the fabric with a pen. If you don't have straight lines in your, you can make a pattern using tissue paper or copy paper. I also used a calendar to check my edges. 

You will need two squares or rectangles for each pillow.

Step One Make Throw Pillows

Next you need to carefully cut out the top and bottom halves of the pillow.

Step Two Make Throw Pillows

Next you need to pin the edges halves with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. You should pin as I have in the pictures below. I've done this so I can pull the pins out easily as I sew, also it keeps the machine from smashing into the ball on the pins if something goes completely wrong. 

As you can see in the bottom left photo you can see I pinned a small section differently, I did this to remind me not to sew this section. It is about 5 or 6 inches wide so that I can turn the pillow right side out and stuff it after sewing. (I will probably do a tutorial on proper pinning at some point, pun intended.)

Step Three Make Throw Pillows

Next sew the edges with a straight stitch on your sewing machine. I left a 1/4 inch seam allowance, which is equivalent to the edge of my presser foot against the edge of the fabric. (If you want a tutorial on basic threading and sewing with a sewing machine please comment.) I also did the edges with one continuous go, rather than breaking it into chunks.

Step Four Make Throw Pillows

After sewing all the edges except the space I marked to not sew, I clipped the corners on a 45degree angle. This helps make the corners lay better and be pointy. 

Next I reached in the open gap and grabbed the opposite corner to turn the pillow right side out.

Step Five Make Throw Pillows

Next I used the same gap to stuff my pillow with the polyfill, it takes about 10oz to 11oz (1/3 a 32oz bag) of fill for a firm fluffy pillow.

Step Six Make Throw Pillows

After my pillow was full, I turned the edge of the gap in to where it naturally folded to match the rest of the seams. I then pinned through the four layers to close the gap. (If this does make sense please let me know.)

Step Seven Make Throw Pillows

Lastly I sewed the seam for the gap, I have demonstrated how to do a hidden stitch in the video below, but if you aren't worried about hiding it you can just stitch through all 4 layers on fabric.

Hope you enjoyed, leave your comments and questions below!

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Foundation Mousse Review and Swatch

So, I have been hunting for a liquid foundation that works for me for a while. I have tried several BB and CC creams. I have also tried several true liquid foundations. However, my skin tends to itch from most liquid based foundations like these. I have nearly given up, but I decided to try Rimmel's New Liquid Mousse, mostly because Ulta had a coupon on the display. So, this foundation which normally costs $4.99 was $3.99, which was worth the risk. Honestly, I was hoping it would be a good primer for my powder, I never expected it to be amazing on its own.

I apply this foundation by dabbing small bits all over my face and then I use an E.L.F foundation brush (sometimes my fingers) to cover my full face. Last I use an powder brush to blend it out (I don't know where I got the powder brush I use, so I am linking one that I know is comparable is shape and quality). I generally put a light brush of the Rimmel Stay Matte powder on top with a Victoria Secret powder brush to help set the foundation.

This foundation feels just as natural as no make-up all day long. I usually apply it around 7:30am and I wear it until 7 or 8 at night, through all of that time my face stays covered, matte and comfortable. This is absolutely a full coverage foundation. Check out the before and after below to see what I mean.

Some foundations make my skin extra oily by the end of a day, but this one does not. Also this has not caused any breakouts, I will update if it does.

I think the only downside is that it can make your fingers a little dirty, but I mean really, I'm going to have that with any liquid. Also some of my powder foundations make a mess too, especially if I'm in a hurry.

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Here we go. . .

Hello, My name is Cat, I am 22 and working on my degree in Law. Part of balancing out my life involves my hobbies and I have decided to share those efforts on this blog. This will be a combination of crafting tutorials, beauty information and reviews, and other awesome things. A lot of my crafts are geared toward saving money on things, such as giving a piece of furniture new life or simple handmade gifts. As for beauty, I mostly use drugstore products, but I also enjoy a few high-end products. Also one of my friends has introduced me to some Korean products that I will probably talk about. As for the other things, I really don't know what that will be other than a place holder for other things I decide to include. Hope you enjoy!