Master Bedroom Makeover: Pillows & Bedding

Master Bedroom Makeover
Day 11: Pillows & Bedding
** Note: This post is part of a 12-step series in my master bedroom makeover. Links to the other (previous) steps are listed at the end of this post.

Let's stroll down memory lane, shall we? That grass pillow on the ol' inspiration board. I love it and decided I'd attempt my own version using fabric left over from this project. It turned out pretty and organic and pretty organic, and I thought maybe someone out there might want to make one, too.

 Here's how I did it:
Cut out fabric to fit the back side of the pillow - cut this exactly to size. Then cut out fabric to fit as the front piece of your pillow - cut this roughly 1/2" wider but exactly the same height as the back.
Using a photo or your imagination as your guide, loosely pinch and pin fabric to match the outline you want.

Don't pin too much (deep) of the fabric; just a shallow pinned
guideline works great.

In order to keep your "grass" stems from being too thick/deep and making your pillow front too small, sew super close to the edge of each pinch.  
(On an unrelated sewing machine lighting is in its own world.)
(Annnnd a manicure is in order.)
(And a milkshake, as long as we're ordering stuff...)

This next part will sound weird and probably won't make sense, but I'm going to try to explain. The lines you pinned are likely pretty straight, but we don't want the grass to look like the shortest distance from Point A to Point B. We want it flowing and organic. To achieve this, as I sewed, I unpinned the upcoming pin and kind of rolled the fold of the fabric side to side slowly between my thumb and forefinger. Not a ton, but enough to give the sewn line a kind of waviness.

Do that all over, varying the lengths/heights of the "grass" seams. Place the new grass-sewn pillowfront on top of the pillowback, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. Sew them up along 3 edges. I added in a zipper here. (No pics here, sorry! I was trying to get it finished. You can google a zipper tutorial if you've never sewn one in...or simply hand-stitch the last side.) Clip the corners.

Add the pillow form. Not half bad.

Put it on your new DIY'd ruched duvet cover (made for $25 out of two flat sheets from Walmart) with some other pillows.

Or no other pillows. Simpler. Better.

Tomorrow is Day 12 (last day! *sniff*): Odds & Ends and Putting it All Together.

Check out previous steps during the 12 Days of Master Bedroom Makeover:
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  1. I love making pillows, thanks for the tutorial. Your comforter is really pretty as well.

    1. I'm hooked on pillows, too, Brandi. They're so fun and relatively quick. Thanks!

  2. Love this tutorial! Throw pillows are the perfect accent to beds and couches! Thanks for sharing!
    Found you on a Linky Party!
    Alison Wood

    1. Agreed, Alison. I like a pillow with a little extra personal touch, you know? I think that's what drew me to this one in the first place.

  3. It is so adorable! You are so brave to attempt that and it turned out beautiful...

    I love your comment: "Channel your inner organic seamstress..." Lol!

    hug x

    1. Haha. Okay, lame confession: I laughed. Out loud. Yep, by myself when I typed that into the photo. :) Glad to see someone else finds it humorous, Crystelle!

  4. Great pillow!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. Love the textural and modern element that this technique gave your pillow. Well done! Thanks for sharing on becolorful.

    1. Pamela, you always leave the nicest and most thoughtful comments. Thank you! I love sharing on BeColorful...especially because I know you're always so nice about what's shared there. :)

  6. Anonymous1/02/2013

    What a great idea! This is perfect too if you're wanting to add texture & simple detail to a room. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Thank you! For how easy it was to do, I'm very pleased with the result. Texture variety is something I overlook far too often, and this definitely helped in that arena. Thanks for the sweet comment.

  7. I really like the pictures in this article, but it would be great to see some more unique organic patterns on the kids bedding. I really enjoy organic bedding form Amenityhome in Los Angeles, USA


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