I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I buy cloth napkins like they’re going out of style – and not once has our family used cloth napkins at the dinner table (I’ve got young kids, cloth napkins are definitely not gracing our table anytime soon!) Instead I turn those napkins into the easiest pillows ever.
I buy napkins that are square – Pottery Barn, West Elm, some Target. Typically, they’re 20″ which works with the 20″ pillow forms I’ve collected.
I use zippers to enclose the pillowcase, preferably invisible zippers; I buy the 20-22″ zippers and cut it to the length I need. The zipper will come with it’s own set of instructions…follow them. If you need a little more help, search YouTube. Do not let a zipper deter you from this easy project, even with the zipper they come together in less than 30 minutes.
You’ll iron the zipper flat and then pin it to the right side of your fabric and sew with a zipper foot. They will recommend a special invisible zipper foot – never used one – just use your regular zipper foot and you’ll be fine.
After you sew the zipper on one piece of fabric, you’ll sew the other side of the zipper to the other piece of fabric and you’ll have something that looks like this:
Proceed in sewing right sides together around the remaining three edges, just make sure you’ve unzipped the zipper just a bit so you can turn it right side out…not that I’ve learned that the hard way!!
I love that the napkins already have a finished edge so it makes it really easy to finish them up.
In order to get a nice crisp corner, once all the edges have been sewn, I take my scissors to the corners and trim them up. Cut the corner completely off and taper the edge out.
Turn the pillows right side out and you’re done. They really are that easy – no cutting fabric to size, no finishing edges…easy peasy! This same pillow was in the store at the time I bought the napkins – but I made mine for less than a quarter of the cost.
Now get to the stores and start finding cheap napkins!
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