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Wait! Don't throw away the stockings with the runs in them. Hold on to those socks that allow your big toe to peek out and shout "hello". These seemingly useless articles can add a touch of elegant décor to your home. Please don't hang them on the lampshade. Here's a better idea.
Place two squares of 10"x10" fabric together and sew seams on three sides. The fabric should be wrong side out when you sew it. If you have some bulky socks in your used hose and socks collection, cut them into strips. Clip the corners of the fabric diagonally, to the seam, then turn the pillow case right side out. Use a pencil or crochet needle to press the corners out fully.
Stuff the pillow with used socks and hose until it is bulging. The stuffing will settle, so fill the pillow as much as possible. Turn inward 1/2" of the fabric on the open end, then stitch the pillowcase closed. Sew notions onto the finished pillow for embellishment. These small pillows add a designer touch to sofas, chairs, beds, benches, and even outdoor furniture. And they're classier than a pair of nylons hanging from the lampshade.
Bolster pillows add a little variety with larger square or rectangle pillows for decorating on a bed or couch.
Total Time: 1 hour
Children should first think of a shape and pencil it onto their fabric. Now, they can fabric paint to make their picture (a car, a train, a person) come alive.
Cut 2 heart shaped designs from a desired fabric. You can use white satin or if you want a little color showing, use colored fabric and cut a lace overlay so that the color shows through the lace. I cut mine about 8 inches around.
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I'd love to make my own buckwheat pillows, similar to those used in Japan. They're made with buckwheat hulls. However, I'm having a hard time finding "reasonably priced" buckwheat hulls. I can't see spending a great deal of money on hulls.
Any suggestions out there you could share? I have the method, I just need either an idea on where to purchase buckwheat hulls for less or maybe even an alternative.
By Terri from Pontiac, MI
I found this:
Birkett Mills in Penn Yan, NY is probably the largest US producer of flattened buckwheat hulls for mulch (Mul TexTM). They also carry fluffy buckwheat hulls for pillows in 5 lb and 26 lb bags, as well as 5 lbs conveniently packaged in a pillowcase. P.O. Box. 440, Penn Yan, NY 14527. (315) 536-3311. email@example.com(June 1997-updated Sept. 1998, June 2001)
Buckwheathull.com offers cleaned US-grown hulls in 2-lb bags for
Birkett Mills was perfect! Thanks for the tip.
I make shoulder pillow/bean-bags, fill them with rice & heat them in the microwave. The bags are a long tube divided into 3 compartments so that they will sit nicely on the shoulders. You could probably use a tube sock for a no-sew version. Tie it at the top.
I make mine out of muslin & then I make a cover out of fleece. This allows me to wash the cover as needed.
It's very important to heat your shoulder pillow a minute or 2 at a time. You don't want the rice to burn. On cold nights, I heat mine up & crawl under the covers--instant sleep.
I am looking for fabric to make a pillow of Snoopy laying on his dog house. My son had a pillow like this when he was a boy and is now expecting a son and wants one for him. Help!
I ORDERED A JOHN DEERE PILLOW FROM EBAY AND WHEN IT CAME IN THERE WAS A N ENCLOSED FLYER THAT THEY CAN MAKE ANY SPECIAL PILLOW. THE EMAIL ADDRESS IS SAD1986 at AOL.COM THEIR NAMES ARE JEFF AND STEPH'S STUFF. HOPE THIS HELPS. LORRAINE
I ORDERED A JOHN DEERE PILLOW FROM EBAY AND WHEN IT CAME IN THERE WAS A N ENCLOSED FLYER THAT THEY CAN MAKE ANY SPECIAL PILLOW. THE EMAIL ADDRESS IS SAD1986 AT AOL.COM THEIR NAMES ARE JEFF AND STEPH'S STUFF. HOPE THIS HELPS. LORRAINE
You could use fabric pens/crayons to trace a picture onto a purchased pillow case. Also, you could find the image you wanted and print or color copy it and then use a transfer medium to transfer the image to a purchased pilllow case. It really is very easy to do and lasts very well. Check your local arts and craft store or look up ideas online. Also, if you have a scanner and/or laser jet printer, you can print an image directly onto fabric to use for a pillow front - just treat the fabric with a purchased setting solution (like Bubble Jet Set), back it with freezer paper and run it right through your printer. When it's dry soak it in finishing solution (usually included in the kit) and your fabric is reay to use for whatever! Good luck to you! It sounds like a very thoughtful gift.
Does anyone know where to get an "Over The Moon" throw pillow?
I found 1 at: homedecorcafepress.com
Hope this helped.
That above addy should be: http://homedecor.cafepress.com
By tru from Dallas, TX
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I have a lot of vintage potholders hanging around my kitchen, but this one was my favorite and I wanted to do something different with it. So, I crocheted a simple square pillow with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn to the size I wanted. Then I sewed the potholder on. It makes me smile. Really with pillows like this you could make pockets and put a teddy bear in it, an old pretty hankie, anything that is special to you.
By Carol Young from Landisville, PA
This Father's Day make a gift your dad will cherish, like this message pillow. This is a page about making a DIY message pillow for Father's day.
This page is about making a sweater pillow. A fun way to use that favorite worn out sweater is to fashion it into a pillow.