The Easiest Pillows That I’ve Ever Made

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When Ms. JB (my daughter) and I were strolling through World Market one day, we came across a selection of some really cute napkins.
If you’ve seen the tour of Ms. JB’s house, you know she loves color!  The color citrine has made it onto her radar lately so she immediately zeroed in on the Ikat napkins in the upper left hand corner of the above picture from World Market’s website.
These napkins have really cute jute trim around the edge.  As soon as I saw them I knew they would look great made into pillows and would be sew easy.  ;o)
The thing that made these pillows easy to make is that because of the finished edges with trim, they didn’t have to be sewn together wrong-side-out, then have the corners clipped, turned right-side-out and hand sew the pillow cover closed after the form is inserted.
Using matching thread, I simply stitched around the edge of the jute trim closest to the middle of the pillow (hope that makes sense).  After inserting a pillow form in the opening that I left, I just stitched it closed with my machine.  Yay – no hand sewing!
This method left a flat edge all the way around the pillow that can open up just a little where the two napkins are joined.  Kind of a dress maker detail that I really like!
If you can sew a straight line, then you can sew these pillows.
And if you can’t sew or don’t own a machine, there are lots of fusible adhesives and special glues available that would give you a permanent bond.
These pillows tie in nicely with the other splashes of greeny/yellow that Ms. JB has scattered throughout.
This lamp and pillow…
…the pitcher on the kitchen table…
…and a citrene chevron rug that was recently added to the hallway.
Thanks for taking a peek at these easy pillows!

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  1. Cute napkins, and very lovely pillows. I adore that trim. Gotta get myself over to World Market!


  2. Adorable pillows. Fabulous idea, too!
    They look lovely in your daughter’s home. I hope she knows how lucky she is to have you as a mother! LOL!
    You are the greatest. Thanks for sharing. Ginger

  3. Miss Kitty says:

    What a great idea! I love the jute detail (which would be a pain to add myself) is already done by someone else somewhere in the world. Thanks for sharing your source and pillow tip with us!

  4. Angela Gordon says:

    Love them! So adorable!!!

  5. I haven’t been to Wolrd Market in ages, and clearly I need to go. Love these pillows. There are also some pretty napkins at Target that I’d love to do a “project” with.

    And you have to tell me where she found that yellow chevron rug. I love it!

    1. Thanks Amy! The chevron rug was found at TJ Maxx/HomeGoods in High Point.

  6. These are too cute! I just went to World Market in WS and they didn’t have anything like this. You must have snatched them all up!! LOL

  7. Love these patterns! Unfortunately, there is not a World Market close to me:(. I know they have great things, though, and miss shopping at one from my old state!

    Visiting from Meet Me Monday.

  8. Sonya Sosa says:

    Easy Peasy! I love the colors and patterns.
    What a fun space

  9. Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm says:

    Oh those were beautiful napkins and sure made beautiful pillows! I really like the trim. Love an easy project!

  10. Your pillows are gorgeous. I love the colors and patterns. Your chevron runner is really nice too!

  11. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Your project feels perfect for summer! Give yourself a huge pat on the back. Well done!

  12. Napkin pillows are my favorite to make because they’re so easy. You found some gorgeous ones and the trim really finishes them off perfectly. Thanks for linking up to DIYbyDesign’s Sizzle into Summer party.

  13. What colorful and fun pillows… er… napkins! The edging makes these pillows have a designer quality!
    Thanks for sharing them on TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  14. Very fun pillows! I love all the splashes of color in Mrs. JB’s home. I came to you from Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style. Thanks for sharing!

    Nici ~Posed Perfection

  15. Tammy Partin Spangler says:

    So bright and colorful! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Judy Bigg says:

    Great choice and napkins and fast easy pillows. Hurray for you, perfect!!

  17. AngelaECS at Number Fifty-Three says:

    This is such a wonderful, cost effective idea. I love the colors and prints and I can’t wait to try this project out! I found your link on StoneGable and I’m your newest follower. I look forward to exploring your blog more.

    Have a great day!

  18. Too cute! They turned out great. I will be on the hunt now for napkins.

  19. “Sew cute, Suzy!! I love the decorative edge. Napkins are great for quick pillows and they come in such great patterns.

  20. Athena at Minerva's Garden says:

    Very pretty, Suzy, and I love that it’s quick and easy! Well done!

  21. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    So cute! I love the prints and the trim on the edge is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week!

    Take care,


  22. So simple but so very pretty! Honestly, the idea of jute trim on napkins doesn’t sound so good, but on pillows?? Dreamy! It’s as if these were crying out to become pillow panels–you were clever to answer that call!

  23. Patti @ Pandoras Box says:

    Love how simple these are to make – and so inexpensive compared to a designer pillow…Is that black and white striped fabric on the back of the chair a blanket? Fleece? Love it!

    1. Hi Patti. It’s a throw that Ms. JB picked up at Ikea the last time that we were there. Take care. Suzy

  24. The pillows look great! Love the pattern. And I love World Market. Which reminds me… I should take a trip over there soon 😉 Your rug is great too! I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party {closes tomorrow night}. Hope to see you there! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. Aimee - says:

    I chilled for awhile at World Market this evening. I love that place! The pillows turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing at my party this week!

    XO, Aimee

  26. What a fantastic idea. I think I may pinch your idea as my daughter needs new cushions for her room at college.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Ali x

  27. Thanks so much for this post. I just had to feature you this week. Simple, bright, colorful with easy to follow instructions and great photography. You are a terrific blogger. So glad you linked this up. Thanks again,

  28. Aimee - says:

    Awesome! These are perfect. I love the colors! Featuring you today.
    XO, Aimee

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  30. Debt Free Mommy says:

    These are beautiful! And they look so expensive, too. Thanks for linking up with Making Space Mondays! I hope we see you back again soon. -Tabitha