Why is it that some people love tons of pillows on the bed?
My poor husband doesn’t understand why we need shams, two sets of pillows for our heads, and a few throw pillows on the bed.
And I just don’t understand why he doesn’t understand it.
It seems that most of the women I know like them and that most of the men I know prefer what is functional. My man definitely prefers functional.
He may prefer functional, but what he gets are newly covered throw pillows that help to change the look of a bed.
Click on “Read More” to see how I made two throw pillow covers in about twenty minutes. Our 2.5 year old daughter even helped and I learned, to my great dismay, that she actually thinks ironing is cool.
I have a confession: there are more pillows on our bed than I showed in the photo. What can I say? I really like the little pillows placed on a neatly made bed, adding fun pops of color and texture.
They last all of 30 seconds if our toddler gets up there, but hey – it is a little bit of happy in my day, and I’ll take it.
These were inspired by an adorable little dinosaur-covered pillow made by my mother in law. She gifted Elise the prehistoric-pillow-plaything months ago and it inspired me to recover some pillows I’ve had on our bed for years.
Just a note: if you have a fabric that you’re trying to line up, take care in cutting the pieces. I used a 16 inch wide piece of home decorator fabric to cut all three pieces for each pillow, so the stripes lined up just fine.
If you’re using a high-cost fabric, you could always just use the fabric in front and a coordinating, cheaper fabric for the back and overlap pieces. I got a yard and a half of this home decor-weight fabric for $7.50 from the clearance section at JoAnn’s.
I had 15 inch pillows, so from about a half a yard, I needed the following cuts of fabric for each pillow:
- 16 inches long x 16 inches wide square for the front piece
- 11 inches long x 16 inches wide rectangle for the back piece
- 12 inches long x 16 inches wide rectangle for the overlap piece