4 ways you say? Say it aint so! Oh my goodness I am so thrilled with this post today. Last week, I posted about my new(old) farmhouse style paint pew. You have to go check it out! The before and after..well, I just love it. Today I want to talk about those Ikea tea towel farmhouse pillows that were hanging out on mu lovely church pew.
IKEA tea towel farmhouse pillows 4 ways!
Yep, you heard me right, I used Ikea tea towels to make these pillows, and today I am going to show you 4 WAYS TO MAKE PILLOWS WITH THEM! I found these striped Ikea tea towels one day while out on a trip to Ikea with my sisters on a girls trip. Gah, I knew I had to have them. The colors were spot on. The patterns range from ticking stripe, to wider stripe, to a plaid. Since they are all meant to be together, its a no brainer when trying to incorporate different patterns into a space.
I brought them home in the hopes that I would make some pillows right away, and then they sat…..for about 6 months in my craft room, waiting to be made.
I finally made one when I remodeled my master bedroom. I sat one on my window seat as a cozy place to lay.
Last week, when I finally painted my vintage farmhouse church pew, I decided it was time to make my pillows. And not only did I make them all one way, I made each one a different way. So I am going to show you how I made Ikea tea towel farmhouse pillows 4 ways!
4 Ways thats right!
I am going to break down how I made each one, so sit down and get comfy, this is going to be a looong post and it will but oh so informative! You too can have these IKEA tea towel farmhouse pillows.
Here is what you need to make IKEA tea towel farmhouse pillows 4 ways:
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- IKEA tea towels
- sewing machine
- jute twine
- drop cloth
- IKEA pillow inserts 20 inches
- decorative button
The IKEA tea towel
*The first thing I want to talk about is how perfect these towels are to make pillow covers. These towels work perfectly to make a pillow cover for an 18 inch square pillow. Like they were meant to be! There is no cutting, there is no hemming. Its already been done for you! The secret is to sew the seams right along where the pillows are hemmed.
Striped Farmhouse Pillow With Button -Pillow#1
The first pillow is my striped pillow with a button. I made this pillow for my master bedroom. This was a very simple pillow to make. And I kick myself for not documenting the making of it….but I have already made a post about this very exact style pillow. The envelope pillow cover.
I used my easy DIY envelope pillow cover tutorial to make this pillow. Once I made the pillow, I added an old button I found off of an old sweater that had been sitting in our donate pile for far too long.
This pillow is great. It is simple to make, and if you follow my DIY envelope pillow tutorial, you can make as many as you want! Make sure to keep those old buttons so you can use them later! You never know when you may need them.
Simple Envelope Style Farmhouse – Pillow #2 (the plaid one)
The next farmhouse pillow I made was this super easy and simple envelope style pillow. Now, I used a similar method as the pillow with the button, but with this one had a few different steps, which were quite easy, and created a little different look.
Start by sewing the bottom pieces together with the right ends together. Then I laid it down on the ground with the wrong side down. The wrong side is the side where the hems of the towels are.
I set the pillow on the top of the towel, lining it up where the two towels were sewn together.
Now, fold the bottom towel up over the towel, and then fold the end down. Now take the towel end that is under the pillow and bring it over the top of the pillow. Both ends are now overlapping.
I secured one side with a pin, and then carefully slide the pillow out and make sure to keep the towels folded where they were.
Now take it to the sewing machine and sew each side, right along side the hems of the towels.
Once that is done, flip the towel pillow cover right side out, you have created a hemmed end on both sides of the envelope pillow and one end will actually wrap around the pillow, securing it in the pillow cover.
Now you have another great farmhouse pillow!
Farmhouse Pillow With Dropcloth Ties – Pillow #3
You will die when you see how easy this farmhouse pillow is to make. I mean so easy! You could even do a no sew with this pillow if you wanted. All you would need is a glue gun.
However, I did use my sewing machine, because well, its just more secure and looks better in my opinion.
Okay, so the first thing you will do is put the finished(right) sides of the two towels together. Now, since these towels have a small hem on all sides, they make a great marker for where to sew these towels together.
I start by sewing the short ends together. Then I sew along the long sides one at a time. This will leave you with one end still open. It will look like a bag.
Turn the towels right side out, and put the pillow inside the “bag”. Now tuck the remaining fabric at the top of the bag into the bag. Tuck it until the sides line up with the pillow. This is where you want the fabric to be.
Next, I cut 4 pieces of dropcloth at 1 inch by 5 inches long.
I measured in equal amounts on each side of the pillow cover and sewed the dropcloth ties into the inside of the pillow.
Now, tie the dropcloth ties together, and your pillow is done! Farmhouse pillow number 3 is done!
Farmhouse Pillow with Dropcloth Insert and Exterior Sleeve – Pillow #4
I started by making a dropcloth pillow cover by using my easy envelope style pillow cover tutorial. This will become the insert to the pillow cover.
Lay one of your towels on the ground wrong side down. Lay the pillow down in the middle of the towel. Now lay the other towel directly over the pillow, and make sure to line up the two towels as best you can. Pin together the towels on one end of the pillow.
Now, pin the other side. Pull the pillow out of the towels. These pins are just a marker of where to sew. Now you can straighten up the towels if needed before you sew it.
Here is a diagram of how I did it……
Sew the top and the bottom, leaving the sides open. It will become a sleeve of sorts for the pillow.
Once you have sewn each side, you can cut the excess of the fabric off. Now flip it right side out.
Cut 8 pieces of twine, roughly 10 inches long. Fold them in half, creating a loop. Sew two on each side of the pillow sleeve, keeping the loop, so you will be sewing two pieces of twine for each place you sew one.
Make sure to line them up with the opposite sides, since you will be tying these.
Once they are all sewn, slide the dropcloth pillow into the sleeve and tie all the twine ties together. What I love about this pillow is that you are able to see the dropcloth on the inside while also enjoying the simple farmhouse style sleeve with the ties. It creates the perfect farmhouse pillow.
Out of the 4 farmhouse pillows I have shown you today, this one has to be my favorite one! It has so much character and it is so unique. I will definitely be making more of these for the inside of my home.
Style these farmhouse pillows up!
I styled my farmhouse pillows by adding them to my painted farmhouse church pew on my front porch. I loooove this space, and if you haven’t checked out my post about this church pew you must! I was so thrilled when I came across it.
It is so easy to add these awesome farmhouse pillows to any room in your home. The neutral charcoal blue of these IKEA tea towels is a great color to implement, especially if you are looking to add more farmhouse style to your room.
Which farmhouse pillow is your favorite? I think it is important to add a variety of styles to your pillow collection. By changing up the style of the pillow it adds a unique touch to your home. It is something that cannot be bought in a store, which makes your space just that much more original.
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