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Zippered Napkin Throw Pillows

I’m sure you’ve all seen these a million times and ironically I even chose the exact same fabric that the original inspiring post boasted so this should look really familiar, but I did mine a little differently.  When I bought my couch from Value City, it came with 2 throw pillows and boy were they ugly.

There was just something so off about them – maybe it was a drab brown and tan color or the strange 1960s idea of space-age pattern.  Either way, I knew I wanted to cover them up especially after seeing the original cloth napkin pillow tutorial over at Centsational Girl.  So here’s my take on it:

Materials needed:

  • 4 cloth 20″ napkins (2 for each pillow) – I picked mine up at World Market
  • 2 pillow inserts – mine were 16″
  • sewing machine
  • 2 zippers – mine were 9″ which was way too small when it came to shoving the pillow in the case
  • thread
  • a seam ripper
  • straight pins

As for the instructions, it’s probably just easier on both of us (me less typing and you less reading) if you just watch this video. Brett Bara has great instructional YouTube videos for simple projects that just require sewing in a straight line.  You’ll notice I used her tutorial I found on Pinterest awhile back to make this skirt.  Anywho!  The only difference with this is that you’ll be using two cloth napkins to make it.  My advice – iron the napkins well since they’ll be creased from sitting on a store shelf all folded up for awhile.  Also, the napkins are probably not going to be exactly square or the same size.  Just do your best.  I had 16″ pillows so I had some freedom to straighten and even things up a bit.  Once you’re done, you’ll have much brighter and happier pillows.  My living room is slowly but surely starting to look a little more me.


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  1. athena athena
    February 28, 2012    

    LOL. I love what you did with them. I think I’m about to buy that same couch from them!! Is it the Dazzle collection? LOL

    • Nicole Nicole
      February 28, 2012    

      You know it! haha My sister has the exact same couch in green. And thanks! I was really happy with how they turned out.

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