Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Quick-Changing Pillow

I love throw pillows.  Love to make them.  Love the idea that you can switch them out for a quick new look in your home. And love to experiment with creative new pillow ideas...especially anything that makes that 'switching' process go super fast since I don't have a lot of time to sew these days, and anything that doesn't involve spending a lot of money on pricey new pillows from a store.  Today I'm sharing three different pillow looks I threw together pretty quickly using one basic, unadorned pillow along with--
  • Digital images downloaded from The Graphics Fairy (click here to visit this website)
  • Photo fabric
  • Black tea
  • Velcro squares (the kind that will stick to fabric)
  • Decorative trim
I must say, I've totally fallen in love with The Graphics Fairy-- thousands of digital images of every variety so generously made available for free on this website.  

Anyway.....on to the pillow show.....

This is my favorite.  Currently it lives on a chair in our family room.

Here is the photo fabric fresh off my printer.  I decided it was a bit too white and new looking for the old, vintage label look I was going for, so I 'aged' it with in a tea bath (using black tea).

Here is the end result after the tea-bath. I added a simple grosgrain ribbon in graphite to finish the edge.  I stuck on the little Velcro squares on the wrong side for easy attachment to (and removal from) my little basic pillow....

.... Same little basic pillow, with a new look for autumn .....

...a quick change (thanks to the Velcro) and the pillow is now wearing it's costume for Halloween.

Using the Velcro makes it easy to change the look of this pillow. It doesn't have an especially sturdy grip on the pillow so this is best to use for pillows that don't get a lot of use-  one that sits on an occasional chair and serves as a sort of pillow picture frame....

...such as the pillow above that sat in our guest room for this pic.  

The only sewing required was to attach the trim to finish the edge on the photo fabric for each of these images, and if you wanted to, you could use fabric glue instead to attach the trim.

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking to:

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Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
That DIY Party at DIY Showoff
Best of the Weekend at Little Miss Celebration
Wow Us Wednesdays #210 at Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style #2 at No Minimalist Here
Vintage Inspiration Party at Beyond the Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home


  1. Very pretty pillows. I love your chair also.


    1. Thank you Madonna, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a great way to have seasonal throw pillows especially since they are not exactly inexpensive to purchase! Love this idea and tutorial. Thank you so much for linking up to SYS and have a wonderful week!
    XO Barbara

    1. Thanks Barbara, and thank you for hosting Share Your Style! This looks like it is fast becoming a fun and popular new linky party.

  3. That printable fabric is pretty cool. I've seen it used before, but have yet to try it. Your pillows are charming; my favorite is the French graphic. The Graphics Fairy is an amazing site. xo

  4. I'm running out of pillow storage. This is the best idea ever.

    1. Thanks Laurel! I know how you feel, I have several closets full of pillows that aren't in use right now.