How to Save Money On Decorative Pillows

Pillows are one of my favorite ways to quickly change the look of a room when you are trying to decorate on a budget  This is probably the #1 thing I use my sewing machine for,  making or recovering pillows.  Here is a little bit of inspiration, as well as some of my money-saving ideas on how to decorate with pillows and save a bundle.

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While I still have been able to save quite a bit of money by making many of my own pillows, I was excited to find quite a few nice quality pillows at local thrift stores lately.  Some I loved, and will use for a while before recovering, but quite a few I purchased just to use the form inside.  If this pillow-form is in good shape, a good washing can make it an excellent (and very affordable) base for your next pillow.

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If have been following me for a while, you may have read my post about my chevron pillows and what I used for pillow-forms. I will let you in on a little secret if you have not read about them yet. I used chair-pads that I found at my neighbor’s yard sale. I washed them well, folded them in half, and used them to fill my “new” chevron pillows.

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Another thrifty idea when making your own pillows, is to look for your fabric in unusual places.  I recently found a beautiful table-runner (very similar to the pillow below, I know right?!) for $2 and it will be easy to turn into two bolster pillows for my sectional.
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When I do purchase decorator fabrics to make or recover pillows,  I have found that most of them are dry clean only.  If the fabric is neutral ( or will cover dirt and stains pretty well) they usually clean up very well with a damp cloth.  Every so often I like to use an at-home dry cleaning system in my dryer as well to refresh all of the pillows.  Happy decorating, and have fun seeing how much you can save by thinking a little outside the box!
xoxo, Tanya


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  1. This is a timely post. I am making pillows. Those are all great ides. I agree with you about using different fabrics. I'm using a different fabric source for mine. Stop back and see. Thanks for visiting and following, following you too.

  2. Hi, this is the first time I have seen your blog, very nice. I love the name and wondered about the story about it. Great pillows and I am coming from Karen's, Shabby Sweet Cottage. New follower, too.

    Blessings,
    Darlene

  3. Great ideas! I am in the process of making slipcovers for all of my throw pillows on my couch. I am just learning to quilt so I am using quilt blocks for those, but I will definitely use your ideas as inspiration as I re-do my bedroom!

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