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70 Amazing Apartment-Friendly Decor Projects

by M.E. Gray

70 amazing apartment decorating DIYs to totally transform your rental space!

If you're currently renting an apartment or studio, you might feel limited in the projects you can undertake. Not true! There's no reason let the homeowners hog all the fun. While extreme renovations like tearing down a wall are definitely out of the question, there's no end to the amount of landlord-friendly do-it-yourself projects out there. For those of you wondering how to decorate an apartment, we've rounded up 70 of our favorite rental-approved DIYs. From temporary transformations to space-saving projects, there's lot of DIY to go around in the world of apartment decorating.

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99 Ways You Can Use Fabric To Decorate Every Room of Your Home

by M.E. Gray
99 ways to use fabric to decorate your home
Source: One Kings Lane

September is National Sewing Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're taking a deep look at one of the most versatile materials out there: fabric! From sewing pillows to creating statement wall pieces, there's no limit to the way you can use fabric in the world of interior design. Here are 99 of our favorite tips on how to use fabric to decorate every room of your home. You don't have to be a tailor to use textiles in your space. From no-sew curtains to fabric as wallpaper, there's a project out there for everybody!          

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How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows

by Jeran McConnel
How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows
Photo: Jeran McConnel

I can't get enough of graphic grid patterns.  It's a clean, less busy version of plaid. Add a grid pattern to a space, and it instantly seems modern and current. I few months ago I hand drew an entire wall in a grid pattern. Ever since, I've been on the hunt for all for more grid patterns to add to my home. These bold pillows in a classic black and white grid are sure to stand out in any space.

             

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How to: Purrfectly Simple DIY Cat Bed

by M.E. Gray

Make It! DIY Cat Bed

I love my cat. I'm not shy about admitting that (I even mention it in my bio). I'm also not ashamed to say I think she's the best cat in the world. Her name is Donut, but I also refer to her as "Angel Face" or "Precious Baby Kitty" (which drives my fiancé crazy, I'm sure). The cat drinks filtered water and has a basket full of toys. She's one of the more spoiled cats out there, and leads a pretty cushy life (as evidenced by this plushy DIY cat bed I made especially for her).          

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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

by Rachel Jacks
Upcycled sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.    

 

There are lots of reasons why you might not want to wear an old sweater any more. Maybe the fit, color, or style is off, or perhaps there are stains or holes that developed while it was sitting around unworn (thanks, moths!). Especially if the stains or holes are on the sleeves, you may be able to salvage the rest of the sweater by turning it into a pillow. And if you don't already have a suitable sweater, you should be able to find one at a thrift store. 

I loved the stitch pattern on this dusty pink sweater, but the color and fit just didn't suit me. When I realized that it would look much better in my living room than on me, I started figuring out how to turn it into a sweater pillow. Here's how I did it:

Materials

Materials for making a sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

  • Knit sweater - You want one with a fairly dense knit stitch. 
  • Pillow form
  • Sewing machine
  • Machine sewing needle
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
If you have a specific sweater you plan to use, be sure to take it with you when you buy the pillow form so that you can make sure you get one that will fit. If you're buying the pillow form online, carefully measure the sweater to make sure that the arm holes, neckline, or any other obstacles will leave you with enough material to cover the pillow.

Step

Sweater pillow step 1
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Turn the sweater inside-out, and place the pillow form inside it. Pin around the form so that the sweater fits it snugly, but don't stretch it out.

 

Step

Sweater pillow step 2
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Cut the sweater outside the lines you pinned, leaving about a 1/2-inch seam allowance. 

 

Step

Sweater pillow step 3
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Sew around the perimeter of the sweater on the lines you pinned. Be careful not to stretch the sweater as you sew, or you'll end up with wavy seams. I like to round off the corners and trim them, so that my finished pillow won't have pointy, empty corners. Be sure to leave an opening for inserting the pillow form! The exact size of the opening depends on your pillow size, but the one here would have been easier to deal with if it had been an inch or two larger. 

 

Step

Sweater pillow step 4
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 Hand sew the opening closed using an invisible stitch/ladder stitch/blind stitch/slip stitch.

Yes, those are all names for the same simple, incredibly useful stitch. If you don't know how to do it, here's a short video that will teach you how.
Finished sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Upcycled sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks
Upcycled sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Sewing a sweater pillow is much faster than knitting a pillow cover from scratch! Do you  have any old sweaters that would make good throw pillows?

Upcycle an unworn sweater into a knit sweater pillow
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Want more creative reuse ideas? Here are 30 upcycled organization ideas.

Upcycled organization ideas

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36 Dorm Room "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

by M.E. Gray
Before and After: Dorm room decor ideas
Styling: Emily Henderson; Photo: Sara Tramp

If you've been to any big box store lately, you know it's back to school season! The college merch is on the shelves, organization supplies are on sale, and dorm decor is abundant. Dorm rooms are among the most difficult rooms to decorate, and a cute dorm room is like a unicorn: rare and magical. But, good dorm room decor ideas do exist! Check out these 36 inspiring before and after snapshots of some seriously cute dorm rooms.              
 

Before and After | Dorm Room Decor Ideas

(If you're exploring these dorm room decor ideas on a desktop computer, the before images are on the left, and the after snapshots are on the right!)

Dorm room decor ideas: Before

Dorm room decor ideas: After

@CarleighStacy/Twitter

 

Cute dorm rooms: Before shot

Cute dorm rooms: After shot

Thou Swell

 

Cute dorm rooms | Before

Cute dorm rooms | After

The Sorry Girls 

 

Before

After

@alaiyanotalexis/Twitter

 

The DIY Playbook

 

Daily Mail

 

Insider

 

Insider

 

Dorm room decor ideas - Before

Dorm room decor ideas - After

Apartment Therapy

 

Dormify via Cosmopolitan

 

@mariahwitz/Twitter

 

Apartment Therapy

 

Dormify via Cosmopolitan

 

The Sorry Girls

 

Target

 

Houzz

 

Dormify via Cosmopolitan

 

Dormify via Insider

 

@rainamahalek/Twitter

 

The Sorry Girls

 

Dormify

 

Pinterest

 

At Home with Nikki/YouTube

 

@moriahsnipes/Twitter

 

@katiewalker99 via Seventeen

 

Insider

 

Ann Lê Style

 

Before: Cute dorm rooms

After: Cute dorm rooms

Dormify via Insider

 

Before: Dorm room decor ideas

After: Dorm room decor ideas

Lola Magazine

 

Pinterest

 

Pinterest

 

My Home Ideas


Before and After | Dorm Room Ideas for Guys

Well-designed dorms aren't just for girls - boys want stylish rooms too! Check out these examples of dorm room ideas for guys.

Before pic

After pic

Kara Paslay Designs

 

HGTV before

HGTV after

HGTV Handmade/YouTube 

 

Daily Danny 

 

uscoop

 


Whether you're sending someone off to college, you're headed to the dorms yourself, or you're reminiscing about your formative years, hopefully these dorm room decor ideas inspired you!

 

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75 Kids' Decor Ideas You Can Totally DIY

by M.E. Gray

75 DIY Kids Decor Ideas You Can Totally Do!

Decorating a child's room is such a fun experience. You can go crazy with color, pick animated and adorable elements, and all the furniture is just so tiny. However, these small spaces do come with their own set of unique challenges. As kids grow and change, so do their interests and needs. If you're looking to save money, or are just looking for ways to add your own unique stamp to a room, why not do-it-yourself? We've rounded up 75 fun DIY...

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Cushy, Comfy, and Definitely Not Lumpy: Our Favorite DIY Pillows from the Curbly Archives

by M.E. Gray

Curbly's favorite pillow projects from the archives

If you're ever looking to change up a room in a way that doesn't cost a lot of money and doesn't require a lot of commitment, then pillows are certainly the way to go. They're interchangeable, they immediately add something to the room (whether it's color, texture, or both), and they're snuggly. So what's not to love? We're looking back at some of our own favorite pillow projects from the archives; because while store-bought is fine, it doesn't require a lot of effort or previous experience to create a one-of-a-kind cushy masterpiece. Now, on with the pillow talk!              

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Shibori-dyed pillowcases
Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

1. Shibori-dyed pillows: These beautiful blues are going to start off our pillow projects countdown. Shibori-dyeing has been in the spotlight for a few years now, and we're not sick of it. It's kind of like tie-dying, but without all the patchouli vibes. Plus if you were to rest your head on one of these pillows, it would kind of be like sleeping on a cloud.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Eyeball pillow
Photo: Lidy Dipert

2. Eyeball pillow: What a looker! The best part about this stuffed cushion is definitely the fringe eyelashes. 

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Botanical leaf pillow
Photo: Jeran McConnel

3. Botanical leaf pillow: The Monstera plant with its Swiss-cheese leaves is a home decor hit. In this tutorial, the pillow itself isn't square, which makes it a nice way to break up an overly-symmetrical couch.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Macrame pillow
Photo: Faith Provencher

4. Macrame pillow cover: The 70s are back, baby! And with them they bring macrame. It's not just for wall-hangings and plant holders, as seen in this most knot-y of pillow projects.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Stenciled pillow
Photo: Holly Wade

5. Stenciled pillow cover: If you're looking for a truly unique way to decorate, then stenciling is the method for you. This tutorial breaks down this classic crafting technique.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Geometric pillows
Photo: Jeran McConnel

6. Geometric pillows: Sometimes simple is best in the land of pillows. These minimal grids were achieved using ribbon.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Recycled Bolster Pillow
Photo: Shelly Leer

7. Bolster pillow from old towels: This one is clever - while it might be difficult to fill a regular square cushion with old bits of laundry, this bolster is filled with a rolled up towel! 

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Bleached landscape pillow
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

8. Bleached landscape pillow: The lines on this cushion were created using a bleach pen. Nifty!

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Thrift store clothes pillow
Photo: Jennifer Farley

9. Thrift store clothes pillow: This has maybe happened to you: You're at Goodwill and you find a shirt with a cute pattern in the fabric, but the size is way too big! Buy it anyway, because you can transform it into a pillow cover with this tutorial.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Abstract pattern pillows
Photo: Holly Wade

10. Abstract pattern pillows: These unique iron-on decals take this pillow from "blah" to "bazinga!" 

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Button pillow
Photo: Shelly Leer

11. Button pillow: This pillow is cute as a button! Sorry, couldn't resist.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Typographic pillow
Photo: Jeran McConnel

12. Cozy typography pillow: This cozy cushion is calling our name. The lettering was easily created via stenciling, and the fabric is flannel for extra cuddle points.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Geometric glitter pillow
Photo: Holly Wade

13. Geometric glitter pillow: Wow! This stunner is definitely the most glam on this pillow projects' list, and it kind of channeling some Wizard of Oz vibes.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Cyanotype pillow
Photo: Jennifer Farley

14. Cyanotype pillow: Through this tutorial, you can learn how to use the sun to transfer beautiful cyan photographs onto fabric - perfect for making a pillow cover.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Ampersand pillow
Photo: Faith Provencher

15.  Ampersand pillow: And... and... and?? And wouldn't you like to know.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Floral patches pillow
Photo: Holly Wade

16. Floral patches pillow: Got an iron? Then you can do this project! While we might normally consider denim jackets as the primary destination for iron-on patches, this tutorial disagrees.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Mock French-linen pillow
Photo: Shelly Leer

17. Mock French-linen pillows: This pillow with its trim and tufting seems complicated, but thanks to some clever DIY tricks, it's not!

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Embroidered pillow
Photo: Faith Provencher

18. Embroidered pillow: This tutorial just goes to show that with the right combination of fabric and floss, the timeless art of embroidery can make for a pretty and modern pillow.

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Outdoor pillow
Photo: Shelly Leer

19. Outdoor pillow: Learn how to make pillows that stand up to the elements!

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Vintage Button Pillow
Photo: JoAnn Moser

20. Toile buttoned pillowcase: This pillow is perfect for our vintage-lovers out there. Plus, this tutorial demonstrates how to make matching covered buttons!

 

Our Favorite Pillow Projects from the Curbly Archives | Envelope pillow
Photo: JoAnn Moser

21. Envelope pillow case tutorial: And finally, a classic: How to make an envelope pillow cover. After that, you're all on your own!


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Now that we've had a look at our own tutorials, let's check out more of our favorite pillow projects from across the internet!

Pillow projects roundup

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How To: Make a Body Pillow Cover That's Actually Cute

by M.E. Gray

How to make a body pillow cover

Do you use a body pillow? I can't sleep without one. I used to be able to, but over the years my joints have started to require that extra support as I snooze. While my wife fortunately doesn't mind me cuddling something else all night long, I am miffed at the lack of options when it comes to shopping for a body pillow cover. Because of this, I've always made my own. Usually I just make them from an old sheet, but decided to make a fancier one for this newest body pillow I bought (body pillows are on back-to-school sale right now, just FYI!). If you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, then you can make a body pillow cover of your own.           

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DIY This! Watercolor Pillowcases that Match your Decor

by Holly Wade
DIY This! Watercolor Pillowcases that Match your Decor
Photos by Holly Wade

There's something about the look of watercolors that has always intrigued me, and I've been wanting to add that blended colorful look in my home for a long time. Well, I finally found my chance! With a simple tie dye kit, I updated my bedroom pillowcases to look like a watercolor canvas! Not only did it take less than 30 minutes, it came out light and blended just like I wanted for my decor. Incorporate your favorite colors to make a simple DIY pillowcase with faux watercolors that match your decor!          

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Make These: Rorschach Ink Blot Pillows

by M.E. Gray

Make these: DIY Rorschach test pillows

Are you familiar with the Rorschach Test? It's the psychological exam where you look at ink blots and say what you see. Depending on how you interpret the ink, you receive a different diagnosis of your psyche. Now, I'm not a psychiatrist by any means, but I do know a DIY opportunity when I see one. Whether or not you interpret the shapes as a bear, or as the face of your mother, throw a little color in there and we've got ourselves a project. These ink blot pillows are easy enough for anyone to make, and each result is different!      

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Where to Find Scandinavian Style Staples Even If You're Not in the Nordic Countries

by Rachel Jacks

Scandinavian Style Staples

Perusing online tours of beautiful Scandinavian homes can be an addictive, and envy-inducing, pastime. Though you may not be able to import their high ceilings, period features, or masonry heaters (those cylindrical white corner fireplaces that I endlessly covet), you can certainly create your own replica of the Scandinavian look with the right furnishings. Figuring out where to find certain pieces can be tricky, so I'll round up some popular Scandinavian-style pieces, and tell you where you can buy them in the US.     

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Make a Tufted Velvet Flower Pillow as Good as Urban Outfitters

by Holly Wade
Tufted velvet flower pillow project
Photo by Holly Wade

I have a pillow problem. Anywhere I go, I instantly want to look at the pillow section and leave with an armful of pillows I DON'T NEED. It never stops me, and one of my favorite places to pillow shop is Urban Outfitters, which is where I stumbled upon these velvet flower pillows with tassels. Since velvet is my go-to fabric this time of year, I fell in love with the pillows and decided to practice self-restraint, telling myself I could make one and save a few bucks. Since I already had the supplies at home, my Urban Outfitters knock-off velvet flower pillow was FREE compared to the $50 version!        

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Are You Faux Real? How to Make a Fake Fur Pillow with Faux Leather Accents

by M.E. Gray

DIY fur pillow with leather accents

Usually during this time of year, I'm sad to say good-bye to summer. It's hard to let go of the long nights and sunny days. This year, however, I'm pretty excited about the start of the fall season. Don't get me wrong - I love summer, but there's just something so enthralling about the onset of chilly weather. I love the smells, the colors, and the textures - specifically textures like furs and leathers. To start the transition from summer to autumn, I decided to make a DIY fur pillow out of my favorite fall feels.... except this pillow is animal-friendly!       
 

Ralph Lauren leather accent pillow

My inspiration for this DIY fur pillow came from a cushion I found on Pinterest. It's not available for sale anymore, and since it was Ralph Lauren, it was probably out of my price range, anyway. I love the way my pillow turned out though - and faux fur makes everything a thousand times better!

 I put together a little video if you want to see how this pillow was made - otherwise, keep scrolling for all the details!

Materials

Materials needed for leather & fur pillow

 

  • Pillow form
  • Fabric A - This will be the front-facing fabric; I'm using faux fur
  • Fabric B - This will be the backing for the pillow, and should be a non-stretch fabric, like cotton
  • Faux leather or vinyl fabric
  • Sewing machine and notions

Step

Leather/Fur Pillow | Step 1

First, to cut the shapes. This is an envelope pillowcase, so it's made from a front square piece and two overlapping rectangles in the back. There are also four triangles and strips of vinyl fabric for detail.

Start by determining how large your pillow form is. Next, cut a square from Fabric A that measures one inch larger on each side. For instance, my pillow is 21 inches across, so my Fabric A is 22 inches wide, and 22 inches long.

Fabric B should be cut to measure the width of the pillow plus one inch, and the length of the pillow divided by two, plus six inches. For example, with my 21" pillow form, my Fabric B piece is 22 inches wide, and the length is 21 divided by two, plus six - which is 16.5. Cut two Fabric B pieces.

For the vinyl details, cut four right triangles that are 7 inches on each side. For the piping detail, cut strips of vinyl that are at least 1.5 inches wide. 

Step

Leather and Fur Pillow | Step 2

First, hem the two pieces cut from Fabric B. Sew a 1/2 inch hem across the length of each piece. You only need a hem across the top of each piece, not the sides or bottom.

Step

Leather and Fur Pillow | Step 3

Now to prep the piping. For this pillow, we won't be making true piping, since we won't be stuffing the fabric with cotton rope. Simply fold the vinyl strips in half, then sew* shut along the raw edge.

*Pro tip: When sewing vinyl, you might notice the vinyl sticking to your sewing machine. Keep things running smoothly by covering the foot and plate with strips of masking tape. 

You'll need to make enough piping to cover the radius of the pillowcase. If your strip of vinyl is not long enough, you can add to it by folding a new piece inside the old piece, and continuing to sew.

Step

Leather and fur pillow | Step 4

Next, sew the detail triangles to the face of the pillow. Pin each triangle to each corner of Fabric A, lining up the raw edges, with both fabrics facing right side up. Stitch along the two outer edges - not across the diagonal portion of the triangle. 

Step 

Leather and Fur Pillow | Step 5

 This step is optional, but just adds a little extra dynamic to the DIY fur pillow. Fold Fabric A in half, and cut. Fold each half in half again, and cut. You'll be left with four smaller squares.

Mix up the direction of the fur by rearranging the squares. Once you're happy with your arrangement, stitch the squares back together.

Step

Leather and fur pillow | Step 6

Now to create a pillowcase sandwich, and stitch it all together. Grab your sewing pins, and start by laying Fabric A face up. 

Pin the piping along the border of Fabric A, with the raw edges meeting. When you get to a corner, fold the piping at a right angle. 

Once you've covered the radius of the pillow with piping, cut the piping long by an inch or so, overlapping with the start of the piping.

Step

Leather and fur pillow | Step 7

The last layer of this pillowcase sandwich is the envelope pieces cut from Fabric B. Lay each one face side down, with the raw edges meeting with Fabric A's raw edges, and the hemmed edges in the middle of the pillowcase. Pin in place.

Sew along all four sides of the pillowcase. Caution! Be mindful of the pins you have holding everything together! 

Turn the pillowcase inside out, stuff with your pillow form through the back, and presto, your DIY fur pillow is done!


Faux fur pillow project

Detail shot of faux fur pillow

Woman holding DIY pillow

How to make a faux fur and pleather pillow
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Are you ready for fall? Or are you desperately trying to soak up every last bit of summer sunshine? It's a bittersweet farewell, but I am really looking forward to wearing sweaters again.

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DIY Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillow

by Faith Provencher
DIY Anthropologie throw pillows -  Woven Knockoff Pillow
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Every time I wander through Anthropologie, I leave wishing I could have bought everything in the store. And lately they've been selling these gorgeous eclectic throw pillows with beautiful textural embellishments... but of course they're a bit on the pricey side. So I decided to try my hand at making my own simplified version. Click through to check out the full tutorial for these DIY Anthropologie throw pillows!   

For reference, here's the original Anthropologie pillow that inspired me to do this project:

Anthropologie throw pillows - bohemian woven

Photo: Anthropologie

Mine is less complex, but it still has that fun bohemian vibe that I loved about the original. And it didn't cost $88! So let's get started.

 

How to Make DIY Anthropologie throw pillows

DIY Woven Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillows materials list

 

Materials

  • 17 x 17 inch pillow insert
  • 18 x 18 inch piece of dark blue fabric
  • (2) 18 x 15 inch pieces of dark blue fabric
  • 18 x 11 inch piece of lighter blue striped fabric
  • 1.5 yards of orange ribbon
  • Thick cream colored yarn
  • Scissors
  • Black embroidery floss 
  • Black and orange thread
  • 4x4 inch piece of cardboard
  • Pins
  • Embroidery needle
  • Measuring tape

Begin by making the front panel

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

We'll begin by making the front panel of the throw pillow. Center the 18 x 11 inch piece of lighter blue striped fabric on the front of the 18 x 18 inch piece of dark blue fabric. Fold the edges over by a half an inch and pin them down, as shown above. Sew along those edges with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

 

Sew along the edges with 3/8 seam allowance

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Next, cut the orange ribbon into three pieces of equal length. Place the first one 1 inch from the edge of the lighter blue fabric panel and sew down the length of it using orange thread and a zig zag stitch. Repeat the process on the other side of the panel and right down the middle as well, using the two remaining pieces of ribbon.

 

Cut the piece into three equal sections

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Next, use a straight edge and a pencil to mark off the locations for some of the yarn strips. Mark the center of the orange ribbon one the right, then place the ruler from that point to the top of the opposite ribbon on the left side, and mark the spot where the ruler crosses over the middle ribbon. Do the same on the bottom. Mark the center of the left ribbon as well.

 

add the decorative yarn strips

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Now it's time to begin sewing on the yarn strips. Begin with the longest strip, in the center of the panel at the pencil marks. Cut three pieces of yarn that are 12 inches long and pin them on either end so they are positioned across the center of the pillow from the center of the left ribbon to the center of the right ribbon. Thread the embroidery needle with a piece of black embroidery floss, knot the end and begin sewing the yarn to the panel by bringing the needle up and over the yarn using vertical stitches. Tie off the end on the back side.

Step

Next, attach a short strip of yarn to spot where you made a pencil mark on the middle ribbon. You'll only need two embroidery floss stitches for this one. Make another one of these same small strips on the other pencil mark opposite that one on the middle ribbon. 

Then fill in the space in between the strips with additional strips in ascending and descending lengths. Check out the final images for visual reference.

 

create the yarn tassles

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Now it's time to create the tassels for the sides of the pillow. Wrap yarn around the cardboard 12 times and then cut it on one side. Lay them out on your work surface.

 

tie off the tassle ends

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Cut a 6 inch long piece and place it perpendicularly across the 12 pieces you just cut. Fold those in half over the single piece and tie a 12 inch long piece around the folded top area as shown above. Wrap the tail around a couple of times and tie a double knot. Finish the tassel by knotting the 6 inch piece by the top folded edge of the tassel. Repeat this 10 times.

 

attach the tassels to the throw pillow

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

For the back panels, simply fold an 18 inch edge over and hem with a 1 inch seam allowance. Do this on both pieces.

The last step is to assemble the pillow. Lay the front panel down face up on your work surface. Next, place 5 tassels on each side, evenly spaced. The tassels themselves should be in between the fabric, with the tails sticking out. Then place the two back panels face down on top. Pin the edges, and sew around the perimeter with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. The goal is to sew over the tassels right where the top knots are. Be sure not to catch the tassel tails in the seams on the corners. 

  

DIY Woven Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillow

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Turn it right side out and stuff your pillow insert inside. Trim the tassels and the ends of the yarn strips so that everything is uniform.

 

DIY Woven Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillow

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

The final result is unique and a bit quirky, with a playful vibe thanks to the tassels.

Woven DIY Anthropologie Throw Pillows cheap

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

And your wallet will be happy that you didn't spend $88! Feel free to experiment with the fabrics and colors too... the sky's the limit!

 

DIY Woven Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillow

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Faux fur pouf DIY

I have a secret infatuation with faux fur. I'm the gal who raids the remnant bin at the fabric store for any and all furry fabrics. What I'm saving them for, I don't know. They're just so fun! The faux fur pouf is trending, but some of the nicer onces available to purchase are over $100. With back-to-school season upon us again, I wanted to find a way to make one of these fun and furry ottomans on the cheap. Keep reading to see how I made this one for under $40!     

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