This all started with Nate Berkus and his pretty pillows. Specifically, this one:
For some strange and irritating reason, our Target doesn’t carry most of Nate’s line. This pillow included, so I’ve never seen it in person. Or his amazing task lamp. Anyway, I loved the look of this pillow and set out to make something similar. I started with white cotton fabric, Martha Stewart gold craft paint (the label says it’s good on fabric), a small paint brush, and a yard stick. Using my yardstick, I eyeballed the spacing and painted X marks.
They’re super rough and not exact.
Then I cut pieces for the envelope back closure and sewed, right sides together as usual. Except I stopped about 1/4 short of each corner. Tassel time! I placed the tassel inside the pillow (remember, what’s on the inside will become the outside) and hand stitched the tassel in place. Voila, a somewhat Nate-esque pillow cover.
While looking for upholstery fabric for the bench, I saw a row of wool plaid. All 50% off. This was my favorite:
But I also really liked the softer, fuzzier pattern on the inside. So I made a reversible pillow to get both looks.
Because this is reversible, I didn’t want an envelope back. I found this magenta zipper in my bin and loved the bit of color it would add.
Paired with a Target clearance yellow striped throw, this bench is a pretty cozy nook.
3 thoughts on “Paint, Tassels, Plaid & Zippers”
I just found two of those at Ross for five bucks each. Maybe you could try there, although your DIY version looks just as great!
These look so great! I tried to whip out some handpainted pillows a week ago and they were a disaster. I’ll have to try again. Thanks for sharing!
This pillows turned out great, I’m doing some fabric painting tonight [prepping for Thanksgiving :)]