I’m slightly guilty of hoarding toss pillows because I love refreshing my decor each season. The down side is that they take up a lot of space when they’re not in use. To save money and storage space, I’ve started making my own pillow covers. They are so easy to make and update!
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A few years ago, I created new cushions for my patio bistro chairs. I made a pattern for the chair seats, cut out a board and foam to create the cushion, and then make a fabric shell with an elastic edge to go over it. I used elastic vs. upholstering to the cushion so that the shell would be removable to wash, dry, or replace.
This summer, it was time for a refresh! I found this amazing Tommy Bahama outdoor fabric that has inspired my patio theme for this year (can I grow pineapples in Minnesota??).
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If you don’t have a lot of experience with patterning and sewing clothing, a skirt is one of the easiest items to make. This pleated skirt is a great basic that you can make out of almost any woven fabric that you like– from lightweight cottons to heavier wools. You can also play around with pleating patterns to really make it your own style.
I chose a rich emerald green medium weight wool for my skirt. The fabric was a little pricey, but I just loved the color and texture of the fabric. Here’s how I made it:
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