Thursday, November 21, 2013

$5 Decorative Pillows

First of all, I made each entire pillow (form and cover) for LESS THAN $5 EACH. Score!

Pillows are the easiest way to update a space, be it the living room, or bedroom. Even better, they're possibly the most inexpensive way to do so, especially if you make your own pillows. Pillow envelope covers are a great beginner project, and a breeze for both intermediate and experienced sewers. Have you priced decorative pillows at Target recently? Its a little outrageous. Twenty five dollars for a tiny be-jeweled (uncomfortable) pillow? ....Yeeeeah, I'll make my own.  All you need is a pillow form, and cute fabric. Bam, instant couch face lift! A detailed pillow envelope cover tutorial can be found here.

Nesting Box Curtains

Nesting box curtains aren't as frivolous as they may seem. Not only do curtains add adorable charm to your coop, they add much needed privacy for your girls. If you keep chickens, you know they do NOT like to be bothered in their nesting boxes. I get some very sassy clucks if I disturb my girls during their morning routine!

Materials Needed:

- 2 9''x13'' panels of fabric (per box)
- thread color of your choice
- staple gun and staples for fastening to nesting boxes

The nesting boxes in our coop measure 1ft x 1ft. You may need to adjust the sizes of your curtains if your boxes are much bigger, or just reduce the amount of overlap. 

Sew a 1/2 inch edge on each panel. You can iron the folded edge before sewing, or be lazy like myself, and fold the edge over as you sew. Once both panels have a sewn 1/2 inch edge, overlap the panels lengthwise by two inches, and sew together across the top. I used a staple gun to attach the curtains to our nesting boxes. When you need to wash the curtains, just pop the staples out (and throw away, don't leave them in the coop!), wash, dry, and re-attach.