Please don’t wipe your face on these. {Cloth napkin pillows}

Aren’t these cloth napkins I bought at Target so stinkin’ pretty?!

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They were on clearance for $2.08 each, which honestly wasn’t that much off of the original price, but I just LOVE the fabric!

So of course I had to have them. But us Hepworths and cloth napkins don’t mix. We are a casual group of eaters that prefer cheap-o napkins from IKEA or even just a paper towel.

But the fabric! It’s so pretty. And I just had to have it anyway. So I concocted a plan for these beautiful napkins. Why not make some pillows for my piano room?

I already had the pillow forms…

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I stole them from my Christmas pillows. When I made the pillows 10 years ago I added invisible zippers so that I could use the pillows elsewhere the rest of the year. Except the one pillow pictured. I made it using leftover scraps and didn’t put in a zipper, so I’m just going to cut the pillow out of that one.

I’ve never made pillows out of napkins before, so I just kind of winged it. I’ll try to give a decent play-by-play, but I fear I’m not great at explaining how to sew stuff.

I wanted to add zippers to these new pillows, so I purchased two of these invisible zippers.

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The napkins were already finished around all the edges, so I just went with it and sewed the zipper right onto the finished seam of the edge of two napkins. (Each pillow takes 2 napkins).

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It doesn’t look “store bought” or “professional” but I think it still turned out pretty good. There are 3 stitch seams there; one is the already finished seam the napkin came with. The other two are the two new rows of stitching I did to attach the zipper.

The next step is to remove the excess fabric on the end of each napkin. I want square pillows, so I just cut the excess away to create a square (I added an inch for hemming).

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Then I folded the edge twice and ironed it.

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And finally I hemmed it so it would match the other 3 sides of the napkin. I did this to both napkins (already attached by the zipper).

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And finally, I laid the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing out, and I stitched along the very edge around the whole pillow.

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The very outer stitch is my stitch that is holding the two napkins together. The inner stitch is the finished seam that came on each napkin.

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I am seriously in LURVE with these two pillows. I love love LOVE them.

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OBVIOUSLY these two chairs have got to go. And you can tell from the sideways artwork that this room is still a work in progress.

But I’m a step closer to being done with the room now that I have these fun pillows.

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Have I mentioned that I love these pillows?

I love these pillows.

Total cost:
4 napkins ~ $8
2 zippers ~ $6
2 pillow forms FREE!
Grand Total: $14 for two new pillows.

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{sew} easy!!!

Have you sewed anything fun lately?

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Comments

  1. Those are so cute! They will look great with that art piece! Thanks for the tutorial as well. I have sewn tons of pillows before, but have always been too intimidated to try a zipper.

  2. Love them!!! I love the pattern on the napkins!

    I just made new pillows for pretty much everywhere in the house! 🙂

    Staci

  3. These are really fun…good job.

  4. These are really nice. Thanks for sharing, I learned something new with this post, believe it or not I had never heard of invisible zipper!

  5. Love Love Love those pillows….so cute!

  6. Very swanky! But P-L-E-A-S-E don’t get rid of the chairs. They need to be chic-cycled.
    I vote for new fabric and frame painy and they will do those pillows sweet justice.

  7. Hi, I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that I am a new follower! 🙂 love your blog!Erin

    http://www.purplebookbloggingmommy.blogspot.com

  8. I love your pillows too!! Bright and cheery and so modern….chic!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  9. I have a ton of linen cloth napkins from my wedding that I have never used and lately I’ve been stock-piling them to do this very thing!

  10. OMG! I just bought the matching lamp at Target for $14! And i love that pattern! Did you see them?

  11. The pillows look fabulous Allison! I love them! I made pillows for Christmas, and more after the new year with placemats I bought at Target on clearance! Love how easy stuff like that is!

  12. Those pillows are darling.

  13. ooo I love them they are so cute and add a fun splash of color to your chairs! I recently (last week) sewed up a Huge stuffed pig and some piglets! Fun.

  14. Love these! What a great job you did!
    xo,
    Sena

  15. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    These are fab! I love this line of napkins and plates they have right now at Target. I made a 2 tier serving stand out of a couple of the melamine plates from this grouping.
    http://itysbitsypaper.blogspot.com

  16. Really cute pillows!

  17. I love the fabric!! I would’ve done the same thing!!! Which makes me want to change the fabric placemats that I NEVER use to pillow forms!! Thanks for the tute! Love your blog!

  18. So bright and crisp — great job!

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