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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Pillow Power

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Sep 4, 2014 3:35:00 PM

pillow powerMost dorm rooms are exactly the same. That’s why it’s so important to put your personal stamp on your space. You might not be able to paint the walls or change the window treatments, but you can choose bedding and decorative accents that reflect your personality.

pillow power

If you can’t find the perfect accessory, make your own. These pillows were made from two pairs of jeans from Goodwill, one in pink and the other a printed black. I decided to make a woven pillow cover and another from the top half of the jeans. 

  • Cut the legs off at the crotch
  • Cut open the side seam
  • Cut 1 1/2” – 2” strips lengthwise from each color 

pillow powerWoven Pillow:

Lay out the strips in a simple weave pattern The black strips are laid horizontally and the pink are woven in vertically

Use pins to keep both layers together and in place

Cut a square from the other leg the same size as the pillow form

Pin right sides together (the woven front and solid back)

  • Sew around 3 sides with a sewing machine
  • Trim off the excess fabric
  • Turn right side out
  • Insert pillow form
  • Turn the unfinished edges of the opening under ½ inch
  • Slipstitch the opening shut 

pillow powerJean Top Pillow: 

Cut off the legs at the crotch Sew bottom opening by machine Turn right side out Stuff with fiberfill Pin the top opening Sew the top opening shut by machine 

Add key chains or fobs to the belt loops to personalize the pillows even more!

Topics: dorm decor, pillow, pillow power, Merri Cvetan