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Make Quick, Easy Embroidered Wall Art With This Secret Weapon: The Punch Needle!

by M.E. Gray

How to embroidery easy wall art using our new favorite tool!

I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a "Work in Progress" video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. After some internet searching, I was able to locate what is currently my favorite tool: Everyone, meet the punch needle.

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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 a Paint By Numbers Cactus Pillow

by DIY Maven
Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow
Photo: Shrimp Salad Circus

To recap--it's unauthorized succulent week here at Curbly. Monday: Cactus Watercolor. Tuesday: Gumball Machine Turned Succulent Planter. Wednesday: A Cactus Pincushion in its own DIY Geometric Planter. Today: A Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow. To be honest, I vacillated over highlighting this project. That's because the original maker, Lindsay, used a service that provided

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How to: DIY Embroidered Monstera Leaf Wall Art (with Printable Template)

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Embroidered Monstera Leaf Art
Photo: Marlene Sauer

Urban jungle fever is still going strong in the design world, and I don't mind one bit!

From hanging air plants in every way imaginable, to covering a room with plants of all sizes, this decorating trend has us all "bringing the outdoors in" in ever-inspiring ways.

To pay tribute to the uncontested queen of stunning indoor plants, the monstera deliciosa, also known as the split-leaf philodendron, I created this embroidered monstera leaf art print.        

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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 Make a Leather Monogram Stocking

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Leather Monogram Stocking
Images by Marlene Sauer

Ahh, the stocking -- a staple of Christmas celebrations! Have your stockings been hung yet? If not, we've got a great modern idea for you today that you will love: DIY leather monogram stockings! They are simple to make and totally in keeping with a minimal holiday decor style

If you've never embroidered, don't worry -- you only need to one stitch, the blanket stitch. Keep reading to see how to make your own!       

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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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Make This! Crafter's Tool Belt With Detachable Apron

by Faith Provencher
Make This! Crafter's Tool Belt With Detachable Apron | Curbly #diy #sewing
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

As a serious crafter, I always have two recurring problems: I ruin my clothing (thanks to paint/stain/glue splatters), and I'm also always running around the house looking for tools as I'm trying to finish my project. So I made a crafting tool belt with detachable apron, and it solved both of these problems! Now I can gather all my tools at the start of the project and literally keep them on me as I work. I don't know why I didn't make one of these ten years ago! Click through to check out the sewing tutorial.      

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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!              

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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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Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List

by Faith Provencher
Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List | By Curbly #holiday #christmas #gifts #diy
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Are you in the mood to make some DIY gifts this holiday season? Then you'll want to peruse and pin our DIY gift guide. In it, we highlight 75 tutorials that cover just about everyone on your gift-giving list; mom, dad, girls, guys, tweens, kids, babies, fur-babies (that's cats and dogs to the uninitiated), hostess gifts and even teacher gifts. We've got it all covered. Take a look!          

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Easy DIY Reusable Cinch Pouch Gift Bag

by Faith Provencher
Easy DIY Cinch Pouch Gift Bag | Curbly #reusable #diy #holiday
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

It's likely happened to everybody... you have an odd-shaped gift that you're just not sure how to wrap. It's okay, don't have a holiday meltdown! Just make one of these simple cinch pouch gift bags out of a scrap of fabric and some twine. And here's the best part - it's reusable so you can do your part to be a bit more green this December. Click through to check out my simple tutorial.   

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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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